Yesterday Google announced officially Android 9 (Pie) and rolled out the new update to all Pixel and Pixel 2 users. Android “P” stands for Pie and isn’t the first time Google names their Android OS after a desert. We have seen the likes of Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop. Google claims it will work with its partners to launch or update all devices with Android Pie this year. Android is currently the top mobile OS in the world.
The new Android Pie main focus is technically behind the scenes which aims to improve speeds of the phone while attempting to save battery life in the process. With that being said there still some visible changes that I’ll break down for you here that are the top Android Pie features!
Top Android Pie Features
New battery Setting
The new battery setting is called adaptive battery. This new feature ensures that even the older phones will become more efficient when it comes to battery usage. This comes into play especially for phones with slower processors.
Automatically changes brightness depending on usage and environment. As Google states, “Learns how you like to set the brightness in different settings, aand does it for you.”
New User Interface
No more 3 button navigation icons at the bottom of the phone. That has been replaced with a digital button which can be found in the bottom center of the screen. Key features to the new digital button are:
1. Swipe up and you’ll see the last app you opened and Google Search
2. Long Press on the button and you’ll get Google assistant
3. Swipe horizontally and you can scroll through all your open apps
No More Back Button?!?
Yes the back button is no long visible but it can be brought back to life by enabling it in settings.
Help with phone Addiction
New dashboard which tells you how much time you’ve spent on individual apps. A setting in this feature also allows you to set how much time you can use an app. Instagram and Facebook have also added app limit options for its users in August. we’ll also see similar features in the new iOS12.
Now making it easier to take a screenshot. Hold the power button for 3 seconds and you will have the option to either Power Off, Restart or Screenshot.
Android Pie supports those screen notches made popular by Apple’s iPhoneX where the top part of the screen is cutout and not given you a true edge to edge display. This support allows apps to work smoothly on an Android phone with or without a notch.
App actions is more than just Highlighting your most frequently used apps in your app draw giving you quick access to those apps. App Actions as Google states, “predicts what you’ll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone.” App actions for example can automatically give you options to call your mom or play Spotify on days you finish work and put on your headphones.
Slices wont be available till fall 2018 but will take App actions a step further. Slice will show relevant information from your favorite apps when you need it. As Google indicates, “if you start typing “Lyft” into Google Search, you’ll see a “slice” of the Lyft app, showing prices for your ride home and the ETA for a driver.”
New auto rotate button is visible whenever you turn your screen horizontally or vertically. Clicking the button will enable the rotation you need.
Smart Text Selection
Now works on the overview of your recent apps. Smart selection recognizes the meaning of the test you’re selecting and suggests relevant actions.