Android 9.0 Pie is Here and Check Out Top Features and Availability for Your Phone
Android Pie shakes up a lot about how we navigate our phones and more ways to touch your smartphone experience
Google announced the release of the final version of Android 9.0 Pie. The new operating system was in beta testing since May, when it was first introduced during Google I/O 2018.
As you can see, the name was chosen for the new OS “Pie,” which means “pie” in English. The name is not exactly a surprise, but Google was expected to opt for something a little more descriptive, such as “Pineapple Pie”.
Be that as it may, the core operating system tools continue the tables that Google promised during I/O 2018. Only at this time, only interface enhancements and some AI features will be delivered to Android 9.0 users.
Functions that are part of the “Digital Welfare”, such as time control spent on specific apps and control of brightness and screen color before the user’s bedtime, have been for an upcoming update, which must be delivered until the end of our spring in the southern hemisphere. That is, these new features will appear on Pixel devices until the end of December.
While you still do not get your hands on the new version, we’ve listed seven of its main news:
Artificial intelligence (AI) features are increasingly common on mobile devices, and Android 9.0 Pie collaborates with it. One of its new features is the Adaptive Battery, which learns which apps are used most often, and thus reserves more energy for them while limiting battery usage to less recurring services.
If the battery can, why not the brightness? With that in mind, Google has applied machine learning features also in screen brightness control, and Android 9.0 Pie will have a refined function to automatically adjust this function according to the lighting of the environment you are in – it’s the adaptive brightness.
The Android Oreo brings a bar at the top of the app drawer in which suggests apps based on machine learning, trying to guess what you need to leave at hand. Android 9.0 Pie goes further with App Actions, which try to predict what actions you’re going to take to give you quick access to application-specific features (such as home-to-work mapping or access to annotations for a meeting you’ve marked in your calendar).
Slices, which combines well with the code name of Android 9 is another adaptive function of the system and allows you to access the internal features of an application from the Android search menu. For example, when you type “Uber” in the search field, you can see a quick-access button to your house’s home address in the app.
Gesture navigation is central to the Android 9.0 Pie experience. The system will only have two buttons at the bottom of the screen, and the gestures on the center button will control everything.
The thing will work as follows:
- One-touch: return to the home screen
- Pressed long: start Google Assistant
- Swipe up short: Opens the system overview screen where you can navigate between open apps
- Slide up long: opens the application drawer
- Return: return button back to the previous screen and will be visible only within applications, no longer on the home screen
Another novelty of Android 9 P is the focus on digital health. It shows in a dashboard the summary of your system usage and allows you to create a timer to limit the maximum daily use time of your smartphone. There will also be a new “do not disturb” mode called “Wind Down”, which leaves the whole system look gray and obscure even the visual notifications of the screen.
If you’re afraid that some application will listen to your conversations by activating the microphone without your consent, Android 9P will provide protection against this. Whenever an application is sent to the background (i.e. not open on the screen), it will be impossible to access microphone and other sensors from the device.
Smart text selection
If you’re always switching between apps, we’ve got good news: smart text selection (which recognizes the meaning of the text you’re selecting and suggests relevant actions) now works on your recent apps screen, making easier to carry out your next action.
Support for notch
The “notch”, or that tab included in the middle of the screen that contains the camera and other sensors has invaded Android, and Android Pie is ready for it. In most cases, the applications will not need changes to support this type of screens, but in others – especially those in full screen – Android Pie provides tools to the developers so that the notch does not cover any vital content of the application.
Android notifications also have their ration of news, although they are not as pronounced changes as in previous cases. A new style is added for notifications of messaging applications that shows photos, stickers directly in the notification.
This type of applications can also easily use Smart Replies or automatic responses. These answers are suggestions based on the text that you have received and that you can send with a touch, without writing anything.
Safety and performance improvements
Of course, the new version of Android includes many “invisible” changes whose aim is to make the operating system more robust, reliable and secure. Several changes and restrictions have been introduced on what an application can do in the background and a simpler method for developers to use biometric identification with a fingerprint.
As in Google Chrome, Android Pie is committed to traffic encrypted via HTTPS instead of HTTP without encryption.
In terms of performance, internal changes and optimizations are expected to lead to a faster start of some applications and a reduction in the amount of memory they need to run.
Changing the way, the home screen works is a big thing, but small changes can also make a big difference. Android 9 features redesigned Quick Settings, better screen captures, simplified volume controls, a rotation confirmation button, and an easier way to manage notifications.
When and in which devices
All Pixel smartphones will receive Android 9.0 Pie. A notification should appear on these devices asking the user to download and install the new OS at some point. Smartphones from other brands that were part of the Beta testing program of this version and are expected to receive the software by the end of the year. This includes models of the following brands: Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia (HDM Global), Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential.
Android P update has already started rolling to the Pixel, the Pixel XL, the Pixel 2, and the Pixel 2 XL. OnePlus 6 users will start getting the Android P update November 30 onwards. At a later stage, OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T will also get this update.
HMD Global had confirmed that Android P update would be rolled out to Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 8 Sirocco by the end of November 30.
Apart from Nokia and OnePlus phones, Oppo R15, Vivo X21, Sony Xperia XZ2 will get Android Pie by the end of this year. Samsung Galaxy S9, the Galaxy S9 Plus and yet to be announced Galaxy Note 9 will get upgraded to Android Pie by December end. Last year Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One phone and yet to be launched Mi A2 will get Android Pie by the end of this year.