Android 10 for Motorola Moto Z3 : Release Date and Features
Moto Z3 is the last year’s flagship from Motorola and the successor of Z2 Force. The flagship sports 6 inch display, Snapdragon 835 under the hood and running on Android 8.1 out of the box, later received the Android 9 Pie update.
The next major update for the Moto Z3 flagship is Android 10. The tenth anniversary Android update might be the last major update for Z3 since the flagship already got one major update. Google released the Android 10 officially on September 3rd after comprehensive beta testing by the release of six betas.
Android 10 Release Date for Moto Z3
The Search giant begins the rollout for Pixel series devices on September 3rd and released the source code to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) on September 5th. As Motorola didn’t participate in the Beta program of Android Q, the lenovo-owned tech giant has to start the development from scratch. However, Motorola has got really slow with android updates in recent years. Some of Moto Z2 owners didn’t even receive the Pie update.
On March, 13th, Motorola released the Android 10 update for unlocked Z4 devices in the US, however, Verizon exclusive Z4 received January month’s security update only. So we expect the unlocked Z3 users have to wait at least until April, 2020 to receive Android 10 as part of soak test. The full scale rollout of Android 10 might begin for the Z3 flagship in May, 2020. We will post the official rollout dates here, as soon as we hear from Motorola about the Android 10 rollout for Z3.
Update on 18/2/2020 :
Motorola started the Android 10 rollout with Moto One series in December 2019 and extended to Moto G7 Plus in January 2020. However, there is no sign of rollout for G8 and Z series devices. We expect that the soak test for the Z3 flagship will begin in the March or April 2020.
The update for G7 Plus and One devices includes all the standard goodies of Android 10 like Gesture navigation, smart reply, full dark mode and so on. We are still digging inside Android 10 on Moto G7 Plus, so more details will be revealed in coming days.
Android 10 : Exclusive Features
The Search giant brings many remarkable features and improvements with the tenth anniversary edition of Android. The updates primarily aims at healthy smartphone usage with decreased eye strain and improved user experience. Now we will reveiw the key features of Android 10.
The Android 10 update features system-wide dark mode which is really nice on eyes and appears gorgeous. Some users and reviewers said that the dark mode is inferior to that on Samsung’s One UI which was released last year with Pie update. But many tweaks to dark mode will come in upcoming updates.
The dark mode in Android 10 not only decrease eye strain, but reduce battery use by screen too, especially on Moto Z3 sporting AMOLED screen. So after updating to Android 10, users will notice a sharp improvement in battery life. Users can enable dark mode manually through Settings > Display > Theme or Quick Settings toggle or simply enabling battery saver.
Wi-Fi sharing through QR code
The tenth anniversary edition of Android brings a new method to share Wi-Fi to nearby devices. Moto Z3 users can share Wi-Fi network to other devices running even on previous versions of Android and iOS simply through QR code.
To get the QR code, users can open Settings app, head to Network & Internet, tap on Wi-Fi, then tap on the connected Wi-Fi network and finally tap on share button which looks like QR. Then, android will ask for Fingerprint or PIN and after that generates QR code. Then, just scan the QR with other device’s Camera app or other QR scanners to connect to the Wi-Fi network.
Android 10 Bubbles
The Bubbles in Android 10 update is a new way of multi-tasking and messaging. Users can browse web or watch YouTube or Netflix while chatting through Whatsapp and other apps. The feature works mostly similar to that of Facebook’s chatheads. Bubbles float as small circular dots on whatever app opened, so users can check for new notifications constantly without reaching for notification bar.
Full Gesture Navigation
In Android 10, Google introduced Full Gesture navigation and removed Navigation bar totally leaving only a small bar like home button. However, user can revert back traditional navigation bar with back and home buttons by just changing options in Navigation section of Settings menu.
Users can adjust the back gesture sensitivity in tapping on the Gear icon against the Full Gesture navigation option in Navigation section. In coming days, we will see more refinements to Gesture navigation.
It is one of the developmental features in Android 9 Pie and came out of development in Android 10. So users can see captions on enabling the feature while watching a video or streaming music or on Skype call. Although the feature useful to challenged users, it also useful for normal users too. Live captions appear at the bottom of the screen while playing a video and can be movable through out the screen. There is no way to save the transcripts at the moment but Google may bring in upcoming updates.
However, Google announced that the feature is only exclusive for Pixel 4 as it demands hefty processing power to work. But Pixel 3 series received the Live captions feature as part of the update recently. So most likely, Moto Z3 users won’t get Live captions because of hardware limitations and other technical issues.
After updating to Android 10, Moto Z3 users can no longer see the battery percentage above the Quick Settings. Google changed it to time until the phone battery dies. So users can quickly know how much time remaining before the battery dies, through Quick Settings.
But the estimates are inaccurate and completely depends on the usage patterns, so most of the users prefer to check the battery percentage rather than the time until battery dies. Moto Z3 users can bring back the percentage by disabling the device health services app in Settings.
In the Android 10 update, Google added a bit of AI to the quick replies feature which was introduced with Android 9 Pie. Because of on-device machine learning, there is no risk of data transmission to Google servers, so no privacy issues. The feature uses AI to suggest more human like replies with emojis and also show action shortcuts to launch apps with a single tap only.
For example, when a message arrived with address to a location, user can navigate to that location with just a single tap on the Maps shortcut below the message in notifications. Currently, the feature works best with Maps app but as the feature evolves itself, it may show more shortcuts like Phone, YouTube and so on in coming days. There is no need to enable the feature manually and it comes enabled by default, so Moto Z3 users can use Smart Reply after updating to Android 10.
New Location Permissions
The Tenth anniversary edition of Android came with more granular controls over location permission. After updating to Android 10, Moto Z3 users will be shown a dailog box when the app requests location access from the device. Users can grant the permission to know location all the time, while using the app or deny the request.
If the app uses location data while in background, user will receive notification, so that, location access can be blocked for that app. Users can go to Settings and list the apps using location permission.
New Emoji Collection
The tenth iteration of Android came with new set of emojis which includes animal and gender-neutral emojis. In the previous android version emojis, some emojis are gender specific like Police officer depicted as Man and Women getting haircut. Now in Android 10 emojis are modified as Gender-neutral, so Moto Z3 users can use them after getting updated to Android 10.
Other notable emojis in the update include Accessibility emojis like hearing aids, people in wheelchairs, sign language, mechanical arms, and so on. Animal emoji collection include organtuan, otter, skunk, flamingo, oyster, and a few emojis of guide dogs. If we look at food emojis, there’s garlic, onions, waffles, falafel, butter, a ‘beverage box’, maté (a South American drink), and an ice cube.
Focus mode and Parental Controls
The Digital wellbeing feature came with the Android 9 Pie update, last year and refined much in the Android 10 update with the addition of Focus mode and Parental Controls components. Using Focus mode, users can temporarily pause the notifications, so that users can concentrate on some work on smart phone or watch a video or surf Web without interruptions. Thereby, Focus mode improves productivity and also user experience.
Parental Controls is another good feature which helps to reduce or prevent smartphone addiction in children. With this feature users can limit the screen-on time, specific app usage time and even lock some apps while giving devices to their children.
Battery Saver Schedule
After installing the Android 10 update, Moto Z3 users can enable the Schedule feature of Battery saver and totally forget about enabling and disabling battery manually. Because the saver itself kicks-off automatically based on charging patterns and user behaviours.
To enable the feature, Moto Z3 users can go into Settings > Battery > Battery Saver > Battery Saver Schedule and tap on Based on Your routine option. The feature uses on-device machine learning to analyze user’s phone usage and manages battery saver. So Moto Z3 users may experience improved battery life after updating to Android 10.
Support for TLS 1.3
The Search giant brings official support for TLS 1.3 web security protocol which was finalized in 2018. In Android 10, app developers can utilize TLS 1.3 while connecting to their Web servers. The key benefits of TLS 1.3 include better security and faster connectivity due to low latency.
The famous web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Edge already supports the newer protocol and now Android Web view in Moto Z3 supports it after updating to Android 10. So users should experience faster Web views inside apps.
We will update this article soon with more details about Android 10 update for Moto Z3.