Android 10’s hidden feature that you surely love

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Don’t forget to update your Android OS to start using them today.

Live Captioning

Most streaming services offer captions for their videos, but what if you could read captions on your own videos or those from your friends ? Even better, particularly for people with hearing difficulties, what if you could get captions on live calls?

With Android 10 Live Caption, you can get subtitles on anything you play on your phone. That includes podcasts, phone calls, video calls, recordings—and yes, apps like YouTube and Netflix, where captions already exist.

The app allows your phone to generate text based on what it picks up through a built-in speech analyzer. There might be a slight delay in your captions, or they might not be perfect, but this is still an astonishing accessibility feature and super handy if you’re a better reader than listener. It’s also ideal when you want to watch a video but need to keep your phone silent.

Live Caption will be coming first to Pixel phones, as it needs a high level of computing power to work, but Android hopes to extend the feature to all Androids soon. This amazing feature hasn’t dropped yet but keep an eye out once Google and Android release their next phones!

New tracking privacy permissions

It’s a pretty common for apps to access your phone’s GPS tracking to perform certain functions, including mining for location data. This has allowed some apps to access very private data like home addresses.

For users who want to keep their phone activity and data private, Android 10 is rolling out some new tracking privacy permissions to help cut down on app access. When you install a new app, it will ask if you want it to access your location at all times or only when you’re using it.

You’ll be able to activate this feature in apps when you first open them. For older apps, go into your Settings, and tap Privacy to control the location usage for different apps. Just go into the subheading Location, and you’ll be able to make your selection there.

Family Link

For families who have children with smartphones, Android 10 provides a way for parents and guardians to keep track of their kids’ phone activity without downloading a third-party app.

Family Link can be found within the Digital Wellbeing app, which comes with Android 10 and can be used to link kids’ accounts to their parents’. It tells parents what apps their kids are looking at and for how long.

By Jessica Lanman

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