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Android 9 Pie: 37 new features of the new version of Android

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Android Pie (originally known only as Android P) is the successor version of Android Oreo, and although the first beta release for developers was released in March, Google revealed many more new features during its Google I / O 2018 conference and, on the 6th August, finally, its official name.

Unlike other versions of Android, Android 9 Pie beta has been available for different devices from different manufacturers that do not carry the Pixel or Nexus brand.

Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie is the next version of the Google operating system that will arrive very soon to many devices.

This means that different users have already been able to download  the beta on a lot of devices from manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Sony, Nokia, Essential and even OnePlus. Remember that downloading a beta can be dangerous, due to stability errors and performance problems, so we advise you not to install a beta on a main device, especially because the final update would arrive soon.

What’s New in Android 9 Pie

Changes in design and better notifications

  • The time is on the upper left edge instead of the right one – separated from the battery, signal, etc. When displaying notifications, the date accompanies the time on the same left edge.
  • The Google search bar has the microphone to activate voice commands. 
  • Quick configurations no longer expand.
  • The notification panel now has curved edges.
  • The cell phone status stays black or darker when you open the notification panel completely.
  • Smart responses in notifications allow you to select some predetermined answers (very similar to Gmail that suggests answers based on the context of the message).
  • Notifications can now show you images (message notifications).
  • The “temporary” responses of notifications can be recorded to be able to respond directly from the app in the part that went in the answer.
  • New animations in different parts of the interface.
Android 9 Pie

This is the new volume control that appears in the sidebar including direct links to activate the mute mode on the device.

Volume controls, ringtone, do not disturb and button to turn it on

The innovations that make Android 9 Pie simpler.

The innovations that make Android 9 Pie simpler.

  • The volume controls are now tilted to the right edge, where is the bar to control the sound in the Pixels – similar to the menu to turn off the phone in the Pixel 2 with Android Oreo.
  • The indicator that allows you to switch between vibration and ringtone appears tilted to the right side when you also press the buttons to control the volume.
  • From the volume menu that appears when you press one of the buttons you can view your Bluetooth devices (connect or disconnect).
  • Pressing the volume buttons are mainly controlling the volume of media by default, not the ringtone .
  • By pressing and holding the power button, the menu will now show you the option of taking a screenshot.

Android navigation bar

navigation gestures

The new view of recent apps, using the new navigation gestures.

A button in the navigation bar will alert you to change the orientation in case you have automatic rotation disabled.

The navigation bar can now be replaced with gestures that are represented by a simple line. The line allows you to scroll up once to open the new screen of recent apps or you can slide again to open the app drawer. In addition, you can press once to go to Home or swipe to browse the different recent apps.

During our first tests, it was hard to get used to. Making a small slide up shows you the recent applications and if you keep sliding upwards you will see the application drawer. Coming from an iPhone X that has a similar gesture, it can frustrate you a bit.

This lower navigation bar can also be used to scroll between recent applications and serves as a carousel to move between apps. As always on Android, the user has decision-making power. If you do not want to use it, there is always the option to return to the previous settings with the three classic Android buttons.

  • Text selection now offers greater precision and zoom.
  • You can write in screenshots and edit them before sharing (this feature exists in iOS 11).
  • The icons in the settings are more colorful and round. Each icon has a new color and some icons were redesigned. 
  • In the developer settings you can now allow the cellphone to automatically activate Bluetooth when you are driving.
  • GPS accuracy is now only activated at high accuracy or deactivated to work in “device only” mode.
  • The apps will not be able to access the GPS on Android 9 Pie unless they are being actively used.
  • Android 9 Pie apps will not be able to use the microphone and cameras unless they are in use.
  • You can control the use of Wi-Fi to reduce consumption in the background (updates and others) to not spend the data in case of a specific network.
  • The do not disturb mode was simplified and can not be accessed when using the volume buttons.
  • The do not disturb mode can be activated by just flipping the cell phone.
  • The battery saving mode can be programmed at any time when the battery is at 5 to 70 percent, not just 5 and 15 percent.
  • Native compatibility with eyebrows or notch.
  • The unlock pattern is now disappearing as you type it.
  • The tile of the night mode can show you the time if you have it programmed.
  • The alarm tile shows you the time of the programmed alarms.
  • Compatibility with IEEE 802.11mc or W-Fi Round Trip Time (RTT) to allow apps to have a better understanding of the location indoors.
Android P

Dashboard is a new board on Android P

Android Dashboard is a new board that shows you the time you have used the apps, how many times you have unlocked it, etc. You can select up to the usage time limit and the app is deactivated.

Adaptive battery

Adaptive battery

Adaptive Brightness: This is a new name for automatic brightness, but now it comes with steroids. This function will learn from your habits and the amount of brightness you usually use during the day or at night; Based on this, it will place the brightness based on your tastes and the lighting conditions around you. 

App Actions : Shortcuts to different actions predicted by Android 9 Pie in the application drawer. When you show all your applications, Android 9 Pie will give you suggestions of applications or actions within applications that you do repeatedly – like listening to the same playlist , calling your half orange or opening the door of your house.

New notification

New notifications within searches facilitate actions within the apps.

Slides is an API for developers to update their apps to offer information about installed apps when you search, such as Lyft would show directions to your home or Google Photos, photos related to your search.

Wind Down allows you to tell Google Assistant what time you go to sleep so that the screen automatically turns black and white and helps you fall asleep more quickly. 

When can I update Android on my phone to have Android 9 Pie?

Google began releasing the final version of Android Pie on August 6. You can know that we hope to be updated to  Android Pie here, as well as the dates on which the update could be released.

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Kyle is the cheif editor of Today's Android. He's from Manchester, London. He's responsible for covering news from UK and around the globe.

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