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Android 9 Pie Update: What’s New

Android 9 Pie is the ninth major update from the Google

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Android 9.0 Pie, is the latest Android OS offering from Google that has infused a lot of interest in the mobile industry experts and the expectation are already hitting sky high. Android 9.0 update was rolled out on August 6, 2018, and on the same day, it was made available for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

Right after testing the beta versions of the OS and taking feedback from the users, Google is all set to release Android 9 to many other devices. Recently, Google did add some tweaks to few of the released features and here are the updated features.

Android 9 Pie Updated Features

There is still confusion about the features which might come packed with the Android 9 update and which won’t make the cut. As reported, the Digital Wellbeing feature and Slice feature of the new version of Android will arrive at later this fall.

Let’s take a look at some of the top features of Android 9 Pie.

1. Adaptive Battery and Brightness

Doze feature is a remarkable add-on to the Android platform and was first introduced in Android 6 Marshmallow. It sends the apps and background processes that are not in use to deep sleep and thus reduces the battery consumption. Running on the same lines, Adaptive Battery and Brightness comes enabled by default in the new Android 9 update.

Adaptive Battery automatically learns about the apps and services the user engages often and which are least used apps. Accordingly, the notifications are delivered to the user. For instance, the least used apps will get delayed notifications.

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Android’s automatic brightness has also been updated and will learn about the user’s preference of brightness in different environment and apps. After picking about the user’s habit, the brightness will be adjusted accordingly.

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2. Gesture Navigation

Here, Android has taken some tips from iPhone, which offers a more convenient option to navigate while handling the device. The three virtual buttons at the chin of the device are accompanying the Android phones since long, but that is going to change with the new updater.

With Android 9 on the roll, you can directly swipe up from the center of the screen to go to the home screen and to swipe from the side ends of the screen will take you to the previous screen.

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3. App Actions

According to the time of the day, Google’s launcher will predict and suggest the user do various activities. It will save time and efforts of the user. For instance, if the user is about to start for the day, the device will offer to start the maps, and then when the user will plug-in the headphone, the device will show you the latest playlist.

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4. Slices

Much like the App Actions, this feature is infused to assist the user in doing the tasks which he wants to do. For instance, if the user taps on the food-delivering app, the device will show the last restaurant from where the food was ordered.

This feature will not only let the user do the job with many conveniences but will also limit the time which is being used on the device.

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5. Security Features

The security is one of the focus domain of Google. In the last OS versions also, we have seen a spike in the features related to security features. Similarly, in the Android P, Google “restricts access to the mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle.”

It, in turn, means that even if the user grants permission to some app to use mic or camera, the app can’t use the same when it’s not in use.

The other notable feature is the new lockdown mode, which lets the user control the screen while the device is locked. From displaying sensitive notifications to adding a user from the lock screen, everything can be set through this option.

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6. Digital Wellbeing

As one can make out from the name of this feature, the Digitial Wellbeing is related to the wellbeing of the user. It will let the user know about the time being spent on using the device. 

The time spent on interacting with apps, checking the device, and the number of times a notification or text is sent from an app, it all will be recorded. Ultimately, the user can save his time by skipping time-sinking apps.


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Other than that, to help the user with digital well-being, an upgraded DND feature is also there which will block the audio and visual notifications. Then comes the Wind Down feature. It will fade the phone to grayscale, which actually is a mental trick to make the phone less interesting.

7. Accessibility Menu

There are a lot of accessibility features in Android which are actually not very accessible to the user. But now Android Pie brings you the ‘Accessibility Menu,’ which will make navigation easier for the user.

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8. Screenshot Shortcut

To make it easier for the user, apart from using three finger shortcut for taking a screenshot, the default Power+Volume Down button combination, or by tapping on the screenshot option located in the top bar of the screen, you can find the screenshot option in the Power menu also.

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Android 9 Pie Updated Devices

Apart from Google Pixel devices, the tech giant has started releasing the stable version of the Android 9 update. Following are some of the devices which have got the update:

  1. Xiaomi's Mi A2 Lite: After releasing a beta build of Android 9 Pie for the Xiaomi's Mi A2 Lite, a stable update to Pie is being rolled out to some Mi A2 Lite units. The new 1GB download has brought features like FM radio functionality, recommended apps and actions based on your context, and adaptive battery and brightness.
  2. Nokia 7.1: As reported by HMD Global’s Juho Sarvikas, Nokia 7.1 has started receiving Android 9 Pie updates. The update can be availed on the over-the-air (OTA).
  3. Honor 8X: Some of the Honor 8X devices in China have reportedly started receiving Android Pie beta update. The stable Pie update for Honor 8X is expected to come in the first quarter of 2019.

So, that’s not all for the day; there is still time when we can see the Android Pie OS version in all of the flagship devices. Going by the history of Android OS updates, it does take months for the new OS version to roll out smoothly.

With ‘Project Treeble’ in play, we can expect speedy delivery of Android 9 Pie.

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