Google Android Pie has arrived. The company has rolled out the Android 9.0 upgrade to its Pixel smartphones. Other handsets from Sony, OnePlus, and Essential will start receiving the upgrade by the end of the fall, Google announced.
Android Pie (just called”P” before this rollout) includes a whole slew of new AI-powered features that are intended to make your phone smarter and also to simplify the experience of using it. Perhaps the most visible change is a tweak to Android’s three navigation buttons on the bottom of the interface: Google has replaced them with a pill-shaped onscreen home button and a diminutive back button.
To view a record of the apps you are using, all you will need to do is swipe from your home button. You will be presented with a carousel perspective of each app. To reach the phone’s app drawer, you swipe twice from the house button.
Also one of the updates is a brand new”Adaptive Battery” system, which promises to assist your cellphone save battery life by better restricting idle apps that run in the background. The phone will also try to forecast what apps you like to run by displaying shortcuts to them at particular times of day.
“Say it’s Tuesday morning, and you are preparing for your commute: You’ll be proposed activities like navigating to work on Google Maps or restarting an audiobook with Google Play Books,” the company stated. “And when you install headphones after work, you might see options to phone your mother or begin your favorite Spotify playlist.”
Another significant addition is the Digital Wellbeing system, which introduces a dashboard that will let you know how much time you are spending on your mobile phone. The identical system includes a couple of tools to help maintain your device use down, like setting time limits in your favorite apps and a Wind Down mode that will fade your phone’s display into grayscale before bedtime.
Not all of the newest features in Android Pie will be live instantly. The Digital Wellbeing system, for example, will formally launch on Pixel phones this fall.