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[Other] [Mi Knowledge Hub #13] Android 10 vs Android 9 : A Complete Walk-Through!

2019-11-11 10:38:28
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Hello Mi Fans,

Google brought in a revolution in the year 2009 which has been continuing ever since. Every year, a new look is introduced to all our Android devices and we cannot be more excited about it. Android 10, formerly known as Android Q until Google decided to finally ditch dessert names, is the latest operating system from Google, and since the majority of the world uses Android, you can expect your phone will likely run it soon. The Android 10 update brings a ton of new features. Among all the new toys, the long-awaited system-wide dark mode (called 'Dark Theme') is the biggest shift from Android Pie. iOS-like Gesture Navigation has also been added, along with privacy controls and Focus Mode for shutting notifications off when you need to get things done.

One major question now going around is Android 10 vs Android 9: Which one is better? So, going with the same flow, let’s compare the two recent Android OS versions today!

Android 10 vs Android 9: The Comparison of Two Titans

  • 1. UI Design and Themes

When it comes to design and themes, Android Pie proved to be a revolutionary innovation. The Android OS update added colors to the ecosystem, made the icons look more curvy with softer edges, and gave a more aesthetic feel. For example, the Settings menu now has colorful icons. And the drop-down Quick Settings bar uses blue circles rather than plain icons. The notifications drop-down also looks like a rounded-off digital Post-It, rather than just a plain sheet of white that fills the whole screen, as in Android Oreo. Overall, Android Pie presents a rather cuter look in its interface.


Left: Android 10 : Right: Android 9

This ‘look and feel’ experience has been taken to another level by Android 10. The new Android operating system version has introduced system-wide dark mode and a plethora of themes. These themes enable users to customize the font size, style, and icon shape on their device and recreate their experience with Android 10. This is a boon for phones with OLED screens, which will burn fewer pixels by essentially turning off pixels in regions of the display that are intentionally black.

  • 2. Messaging and Emojis

When considering Android 10 vs Pie, a smart difference has been observed in the messaging functionality too. In Android 10, messaging application has come up with the facility of Smart Reply and Suggested actions. Which suggests responses to your emails on Gmail, using machine learning to work out a few appropriate replies. All you have to do is select them, instead of typing out an answer yourself. You can quickly respond to texts or other messages without opening the app itself. The feature also suggests other actions, like opening Maps if an address is sent, or Calendar if it recognizes a date.


Left: Android 10 : Right: Android 9

Likewise, Android 10 has also extended the user’s experience with emojis to the newer level. While, Android 9.0 made Google the second major vendor supporting emojis by introducing 157 new smile emojis, Android Q has come stocked with emojis of people from different professions, and a whole new selection of foods and animals. Not only this, the new Android version has brought significant changes in the emojis to make them appear gender-neutral.

  • 3. Battery Consumption

Over the last few Android updates, Google has tried to make the system use less battery, particularly when the phone snoozing in your pocket. No doubt, Android 9.0 Pie improved battery levels by introducing ‘Adaptive Battery’ and ‘Automatic Brightness Adjust’ functionality. Android Pie makes the control of background power use more visible, with a mode called Adaptive Battery. This tailors how Android treats apps based on how often they are used.


Left: Android 10 : Right: Android 9

Apps you use rarely will only have the most basic of background permissions. Any notifications from them may be delayed, but they’ll use less battery as a result. Apps you use all the time won’t be affected. But, with the dark mode and an upgraded adaptive battery setting, Android 10’s battery life is found to be longer than that of its predecessor.

  • 4. Gesture Navigation Controls

The major change that has been observed when it comes to Android 10 vs Android 9 comparison is in the field of gesture-based navigations. Android P offerred a new approach, one based around a single central button that looks like a little white pill. Tap on it, and it’ll function like a normal Home button. Swipe up, though, and it first takes you to the Recent Apps screen, then the Apps Drawer after a second swipe. This represents a more gesture-led approach to Android, and one that assumes we do quite a lot of fast app switching.

Android 10 Gestures

Android 10 removed ‘Home button’ from the devices hardware. It also added more quicker and intuitive gesture navigation functionalities than what was offered by Android 9. For example:- In case you wish to switch between the current and previously used app, swipe up and hold, and then slide your finger left or right.For multitasking, all you need to do is to swipe up  and then press down on your device’s screen for some moment.

  • 5. Bluetooth, WiFi, and Other Connectivity Options

When looking into Android 10 vs Android 9 OS version war in terms of connectivity, both the versions have proven to be ultimate. Android 9, on one side, brought the functionality of connecting with 5 different devices and switch between them in real-time, Android 10 has simplified the process of sharing WiFi password. It has also come up with a shortcut to access network settings. Android 10 has a new feature that lets you create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network or scan a QR code to join a Wi-Fi network, directly in the device's Wi-Fi settings.

Android 10 WiFi

Developers will be able to show contextually-important system settings within their apps, which harnesses the 'Slices' feature that came in Android 9 Pie. So instead of having to navigate to Settings to switch on Airplane Mode or toggle Wi-Fi or Mobile Data on/off, say, you'll be able to do that right within your mobile browser. There are also tweaks to connectivity, including 'adaptive Wi-Fi' that enables high performance/low latency modes, which would be useful for things like online gaming or voice calls. As for gaming, the Android 10 beta enhances support for OpenGL along with bug fixes and more functionality.

  • 6. Fast Share

One feature Android 10 doesn't have is Android Beam, the NFC peer-to-peer sharing method when two devices are nearby.  Android 10 has replaced Android Beam with Fast Share. The Fast Share now employs the combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct to create a connection and transfer files faster than what was possible in Android 9.0 Pie.


Left: Android 10 : Right: Android 9

  • 7. Notifications

In Android 9, when you pull down the bar and check incoming messages and such. Both on the lock screen, or in general, all notifications have rounded edges. In Android Pie, notifications were smarter, more powerful, bundled together, and the "reply" feature inside the notification bar is better than ever. With Android 9 you can see images, stickers, and media in the notification bar before you open a message. We get big helpful previews. The in-line reply is smarter and easier to use, too. These are subtle yet welcomed changes.


Left: Android 10 : Right: Android 9

When considering Android 10 vs Android 9 comparison in terms of notifications, the two major differences observed are:-
App notifications now appear in the form of bubble chat heads. These circular notification floating across the screen enables users to perform some other task while attending these notifications, just like what we do when using Facebook Messenger.One can set notifications to Silent or on Alerting mode, depending on their urgency. You can further tailor how notifications behave by going into Settings  Apps & notifications  Notifications.

  • 8. Digital WellBeing

Digital WellBeing, one of the top Android Pie features that let users know which apps they are spending most of their time and thus, look ahead to curb phone addiction has also received an upgrade in Android 10. Digital Wellbeing gives you a range of ways to manage your screen time in a healthy way. The new Android version has come up with a new option called ‘Focus Mode’ under the Digital Wellbeing that enables users to select a set of apps that distracts them and pause them for some particular time period. Meaning, they won’t receive any notification or be able to use those applications in that duration. Something that has proven to be an advantage of Android 10 over 9.


Left: Android 10 : Right: Android 9

Then there's Family Link, so you can monitor how much time your dependents are spending on games or other apps, and how long they're spending on their phone in general.

  • 9. Privacy and Security

With a hope to make Android be the winner of ‘Android vs iOS Comparison in terms of security’, Google has continued to introduce better privacy and security options. With Android 10, there's now a dedicated Privacy section in the settings app. Opening it will reveal the various permissions apps can request for things like calendar, location, camera, contacts and microphone. In comparison to its predecessor, Android 10 has come up with different privacy and security updates like:- Users now have better options in terms location-access permission. They can decide if they want to make their location accessible to third parties only when they are using, or all the time.Apps can now have access only to related files.

Android 10 Privacy

With Android 10, there's now a dedicated Privacy section in the settings app. Opening it will reveal the various permissions apps can request for things like calendar, location, camera, contacts and microphone. Android mobile apps operating in background would have to seek permission to access data.Access to WiFi, Bluetooth, and other connectivity options won’t be possible without users’ permission.Significant changes have been made to Biometric API to enable applications employ the functionality of fingerprint and facial authentication in a far robust and secure manner.

So, on a whole there are various differences between Android 10 and 9, such as:- Advent of Dark Mode in Android 10. Android Beam is not available in Android 10. Unlike Android 9, its successor has come up with support for 5G network and Foldable devices. Android 10 offers smart reply and suggestion in almost all the apps.  Android 10 has also brought the feature of Live Caption in the space. With this feature, users will be able to access automatic captions for all the media files, including videos, audio messages, and podcasts.  And the best part is that this feature is available in offline mode too.

It’s tough to say who is the winner of Android 10 vs Android 9 war. Both the Android OS versions have introduced some revolutionary features into the market and predicted to deliver enhanced experience. So, it is better to compare the two based upon your focused factors to find out the best one.

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NetteCastle | from MI 8 Lite


thank you for sharing!
2019-11-11 10:44:38
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I also use a ROM Pixel Experience Android 10
2019-11-11 10:48:09

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I'm waiting for Android 10. I heard android 10 can record in game audio and mic together.
2019-11-11 13:05:00

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there's always something improved on next version on Android🤖 compared to the previous one.
2019-11-11 13:20:53

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Nice Comparison... Keep it up...
2019-11-11 13:52:39

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