The next iteration of the Android family will be known as Android Pie (Android 9.0) and it has been officially made available. Android Pie has been released following the 5 developer preview build of Android P. Google Claims that Beta Build has been tested by about 1,40,000 beta users so far. Earlier Google had partnered with several OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to bring Android Pie on their flagship device. However, the new software package has not been designed for the Nexus models like the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C.
Android Pie will be made available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL models first. Android Pie is a successor to Android Oreo and comes with several new features compared to Android Oreo. The most important of these are the gesture-based navigation system. This is highly inspired by the way the interface featured on the iPhone X last year, i.e. now the navigation with three buttons will be omitted.
How to download Android Pie(Android 9.0)
As we already told you that Android Pie will be rollout for the pixel device first. These include Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. This update is already available as an OTA Update package. If you wish, you can check out Android Pixel device by going to Settings> Software updates.
Google has also informed that updates to companies namely Essential, HMD Global, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo and Xiaomi that participate in the beta program will be made available soon. Notably, Essential PH-1 has already released the Android Pie Updates. Similarly, this update will also be released soon for devices with Android One programs. These phones are Essential PH-1, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, Vivo X21 UD and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. Google additionally announced that the Digital Wellbeing package will be available on updated Devices with this updates.
What is special in Android Pie (Android 9.0)?
Talking about the important feature, the Android 9 Pie comes with a new system navigation button that can work with a single home button. Somewhat like iPhone X For an overview, the user needs to swipe upwards on the Home button. Here’s a full-screen preview of the recently used app. There will be an enhanced Smart Text selection feature which will make the necessary actions related to the text selected by the user. Such as opening Google Maps Users will now be able to switch only by swiping between apps. In addition, you can activate Google Assistant by pressing and holding the Home button. The new navigation system will replace the old three-button system.
In addition to the new navigation system, machine learning is being used to activate features such as Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness in Android pie. Both features offer a very personalized experience. In addition to this, there is an App Action feature, which predicts what will be your next action. This action will be shown on the right side of the device. For example, if you use Google Maps to go to work then Android phones will automatically show the Google Maps Navigation option before going to work every day. In the new Android version, Do Not Disturb mode has been upgraded that allows you to disable all visual interruption. Android pie claims to be better in security compared to Android Oreo.
Google told about the Digital Wellbeing Initiative in the I/O 2018 conference held in May. This will help the user to use the device better. Now the device will have a new dashboard that will show how much time you have spent on your device. With the help of an app timer, you will be able to determine the amount of time you spend on a particular app. After the deadline is completed, the home screen will be visible in gray. Please note that this feature is not yet available for pixel devices.
Android Pie comes with the enhanced messaging platform. It has convergence, photos, stickers and smart reply options. To support Nokia, there is a display cutout in Android Pie.