Google has completely overhauled the design for the latest version of Android
Google has completely overhauled the design for the latest version of Android

Android 10 release date accidentally revealed by Google

Latest version of mobile OS will be major overhaul of predecessor

Anthony Cuthbertson
Wednesday 28 August 2019 08:21

Google has accidentally revealed the release date of the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 10.

A Google customer support agent let slip the arrival date of Android 10 during an online chat with a reporter for Phone Arena. A separate support agent then provided the same information to one of the tech publication's readers.

When asked when Android 10, which used to be referred to as Android Q, will be available for the Google Pixel 3a, the agents both said it would roll out on 3 September.

"I'm glad you showed interest about the latest security update on Android devices," one agent said.

"Based here on my resources, we have an upcoming update of Android 10. Which is Android Q. Rolling out of Android Q would be 3 September, 2019."

Google is planning a major overhaul of the world's most popular operating system, with details about its new design recently revealed in an official blog post.

In a departure from previous versions of Android, Google will ditch the convention of naming it alphabetically after sweets and desserts.

That means the successor to Android Nougat, Android Oreo and Android Pie will simply be called Android 10.

"As we continue to build Android for everyone in the community, our brand should be as inclusive and accessible as possible," Android's Sameer Samat wrote in the blog.

"This naming tradition has become a fun part of the release each year... But we've heard feedback over the years that the names weren't always understood by everyone in the global community."

Google has ditched desserts for naming new versions of Android

Google is also updating the logo for Android, with the tech giant opting for a "more modern, accessible look" for Android 10.

As with previous updates of Android, Google will most likely roll out the latest version to Google Pixel devices before a wider release to other Android devices like Samsung and Sony.

All versions of the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 will support Android 10, despite the original Pixel being outside Google's stated two-year support window.

Other expected features of Android 10 include support for 5G, foldable phones, and improved privacy and security protections.

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