Grab your fork and dig in: Android 9 Pie is now all here for being served
Despite of the fact that Google’s Android Oreo operating system has been a faithful servant, pleasantly it is informed that Android 9 Pie is all here.
Yes, you heard it right!!
Google has finally announced the official name for Android P.
The company initially detailed Android P and its headlining features such as a ‘Digital Wellbeing’ dashboard and a new gesture – based navigation system at Google I/O in May 2018. However in August 2018, finally confirmed the name i.e., Android 9 Pie.
Google besides also announce the availability of consumer-ready version of the software for Pixel and Essential phones.
Here in this blog you will get everything that’s new in Android 9.0 Pie. Further you can take a look at our guide on downloading Android 9.0 Pie for tasting it yourself and can follow our Android update schedule guide to aware of the time when your phone will get the new version.
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According to Android 9 Pie developers, Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2 devices will receive the new version first, with Android One smartphones following towards the end of the year.
Once again, dessert-based namely Android Pie
Google has given previous versions of Android names after dessert. What’s more, couple of them have been via commercial tie-ups including the current version, Oreo.
Google strongly believes that your phone should be intimately yours, and should adapt to your life, rather than the other way around. That’s why it has developed Android 9 Pie which is bringing various features powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
These additions are basically the generalquality of life improvements. So it is advised not to expect them to modify drastically the way you make usage of your phone.
App action is actually a new inbuilt feature of App drawer that do suggests actions depending onto your typical smartphone habits.
Slices is another of these enhancements which allows developers to deliver beneficial actions for their app. Aside from this, some more additions are their which are more background-focused, but just as handy.
The lock screen in Android is getting powerful rapidly.
Now in Android 9 Pie, the lock screen will show more than just the time.
It’ll also show things such as weather and upcoming calendar events you may have, enabling you to get that information just within a simple glance.
System navigation is one of the biggest changes you will find in Android 9 Pie.
In this version of Android, traditional navigation buttons have been replaced with a small pill-shaped icon at the bottom of the screen. This time, you are required to just swipe up from the bottom to see your recent apps, and a complete full swipe up for open the app drawer.
In Android 9 Pie, swipe the pill-shaped home button to the right and then you can quickly swap back to the last app you were utilizing. Further, you can click the pill-shaped button for going home. Here pressing and holding it will open up Google Assistant.
Android 9 Pie additionally, provides you with a few new gestures such as prevention of ringing via holding the Power and Volume Up buttons and silencing the phone via turning it over.
Do Not Disturb is now quite simpler to utilize than ever before. Click it once and you won’t hear, see or feel any new notifications coming in (except the alarms).
You can customize this to your liking in the Do Not Disturb settings, and such as before, add schedules for whenever you want this to turn on automatically.
Till yet, Google Maps has been the most beloved and mot utilized app for navigation, but to date, it has mainly worked for driving or walking outside and not for large indoor places such as malls.
However things are about to change now.
Android 9 Pie do includes a new in-built feature supporting ‘Wi-Fi Round Trip Time’ or RTT. This allows for more specific positioning via Wi-Fi. Indoor positioning, in places such as malls, is all about to get a whole lot more precise.
Currently Android is offering a screen orientation lock option. Now though option is beneficial, but sometimes becomes a bit annoying to use at time when you’re switching between apps.
Android 9 Pie do offers a whole new way to prohibit accidental screen rotations. In Android 9.0 Pie, you can pin a screen to a specific orientation via the navigation bar. In a case if you want to switch the orientation, you are simply required to click to icon for letting the phone do its thing.
Moreover, if you are among those who leaves their screen rotation off as a system setting, Android 9.0 Pie includes an option for you all.
Yes, you heard it right!!
In Android 9 Pie, if you are utilizing an app with a landscape orientation and you shift your phone around, an option will appear on your navigation bar for rotating the screen, without bringing any sort of alteration in the system settings.
This will tell your phone that you’re happy to do it once, but don’t want to turn off the orientation lock.
Besides from all the afore-mentioned changes, there are several other also, such as support for HDR VP9 Video and HEIF image compression, improved JobSchedular performance and an image decoder for bitmaps.
Furthermore, we will be for surely adding several more features as we find them,
Till that, enjoy your slice of pie!!