Google releases Android 10 with updated privacy settings

  • Google has released Android 10, the newest version of its mobile operating system, to its Pixel smartphones.

    Other Android device users can expect the update to come later this year.

    The updated OS privacy settings, ad settings and web activity will all be available in a single location. This will make it easier for users to update their preferences with an emphasis on user control, privacy and security.

    Current Pixel users will be able to determine how long Google stores their data, and have the option to automatically delete location history.

    Google will periodically remind users when an app is accessing their location in the background and gives them the option to disable it. Apple formerly offered this feature but discontinued it due to objections from developers.

    Originally codenamed Android Q, Google unveiled some more of the update’s features at its annual developer conference back in May. These included dark mode, support for folding phones and 5G.

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