Google Officially Announces Android 9 Pie, the Latest Release of Android

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Back in March 2018, Google had announced the first developer preview of its upcoming version of the mobile operating system – Android P. Now, months after extensive testing, Google has officially announced its next iteration of Mobile OS Android 9 Pie. As per the company, the latest iteration is powered by the various AI techniques for better user experience and security. The system images of Android Pie are available on Google’s developer portal for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.Android Pie Logo HD

If you are a Google Pixel user, you’ll the OTA update in the coming weeks. You will get the notification once the update reaches your device. If you can’t wait then flash your device using the official system images. Google also said that the devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, Nokia, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall. Check out the full changelog below.

Android Pie Features
  • Adaptive battery – Better battery management by managing the apps and services you don’t use. It predict which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you likely won’t using machine learning
  • Adaptive brightness – Automatic brightness adjustment based on different lighting environments
  • App actions – Predicts what you’re about to do
  • Intuitive navigation – Switch between apps using gestures instead of buttons
  • Slices – Get the important info of your apps within the results
  • Dashboard – Check how many notifications you get, how much time you spend in apps, how often you check your phone etc.
  • App timers – Set time limits for app usage. App icon gray out once they reach predefined limit
  • Wind Down and DND – Screen fades to Greyscale, Silences notifications
  • Accessibility menu – New easier accessibility menu for motor impaired users (taking screenshots, Navigating with one hand etc)
  • Select to speak – Select text on the screen and the content will be read aloud
  • OCR in camera view – Select text when using the camera or in picture, and the text will be highlighted and read aloud
  • Sound amplifier – Boost the audio in scenarios such as a loud restaurant, bar, or concert with more than 100 settings
  • Background restrictions – Restrict certain apps that use too much battery
  • Multi-camera support
  • External camera support – Use external USB / UVC cameras on certain devices
  • Display cutout – Support for devices with cutouts
  • Edge-to-edge screens – Supports devices with 18:9 and taller aspect ratios
  • Multiple Bluetooth connections – Connect up to five Bluetooth devices and switch between these devices seamlessly
  • Sound delay reporting – Support for headsets with sound delay reporting, so video on your device and audio on your headphones can always stay in sync
  • Volume memory per Bluetooth device – Remembers the last volume you set for each of your Bluetooth devices
  • HDR – Built-in support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) VP9 Profile 2
  • HD audio – Improved performance and support for HD audio
  • HEIF support – Improves compression of pictures and reduce the amount of storage needed
  • Notification enhancements for messaging – Suggested ‘smart replies’ in the notification
  • Manage notifications – Turn off notifications from a range of apps. You’ll also get a smart prompt if you’re swiping away certain notifications whether you want to keep receiving them
  • Android backups – Encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security
  • Android biometric prompt
  • Privacy enhancements – Restrict access to your phone’s microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background
  • At-a-Glance on Always-on-Display – See things like calendar events and weather on your Lock Screen and Always-on Display
  • Redesigned quick settings – Updated visual design and added informational subtext
  • Volume controls – Control media volume instantly, as well as quickly toggle call and notification volume settings
  • Screenshots – Take screenshots easily from the power menu
  • Rotation – Get confirmation message even when your orientation is locked
  • App actions – Predicts what you’ll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone to save the time
  • Overview selection – Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you’ve selected

Along with the new OS, Google has also announced a Beta Preview of Digital Wellbeing app for Pixel users. So if you are a Pixel user, head to this link and sign up for the Digital Wellbeing Beta Preview.

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