Google will release Android 9.0 Pie for Pixel phones

Aug

7

2018

Google has officially announced Android 9.0 Pie. The new version of the mobile operating system will be available for Pixel phones from Monday. Other devices from the Android P Beta program will get Android Pie at the end of this fall.

Android 9.0 Pie Google does not report when Pixel devices from both generations can expect the ota update exactly; it is only clear that the update will be made available for these phones from Monday. Owners of other phones that were part of the Android P Beta program get Android 9.0 Pie by the end of the fall. This includes the Vivo X21, Oppo R15 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus and OnePlus 6. Like the Pixel phones, the Essential Phone already has access to Android 9.0 Pie from Monday.

Google also says it is working with a number of other unnamed partners to bring Android 9.0 to their devices sometime this year. Probably these manufacturers will soon announce when the devices will receive the update. This new version of Android is also named after a delicacy, as was the case with all previous versions. This time Google did not opt ​​for a brand name, as was the case with Android 8.0 and 4.4; in doing so, Oreo and KitKat were used.

The new Android version introduces new functionalities that revolve around what Google calls ‘digital wellbeing’. With this, the company tries to help users to protect them from a smartphone addiction. For that purpose it introduces three features: Dashboard, App Timer and Wind Down. Dashboard shows daily which apps you use the most, how often you unlock your phone and how many notifications you get. An app that a user wants to use less often can have a limit with App Timer. And Wind Down limits the amount of waking blue light.

These features that revolve around limiting smartphone use come out in the autumn for the Pixel phones, while the appropriate Android One devices and the other phones get access to ‘digital wellbeing’ somewhere later this year. The three features are now available in Beta form for owners of Pixel devices that run Android 9.0. In order to be able to test it, they must first register .

Android P – Digital Wellbeing

Furthermore, Google with Android 9.0 Pie introduces a feature where frequently used apps get priority when it comes to the use of the battery. This technique keeps track of which apps you do not use a lot and then imposes strict restrictions on what those apps can do in the background. This should lead to a better battery life. There will also be an option where the brightness of the screen is automatically adjusted based on how the user sets the brightness in different situations. According to Google, the brightness control is smarter than with previous Android versions.

Other innovations are Actions and Slices, with which the operating system predicts what a user wants to do. Actions is the name for shortcuts to a specific action within an app. These Actions can be shown in the search results. Slices are a kind of information widgets that show relevant information from the favorite apps at the right moments. Furthermore, Android 9.0 also navigates the shovel and comes support for devices with screens with a notch . Tweakers published a preview of Android P on the basis of a previous beta version.

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