Android Pie is Now Official: Here is all You Need to Know

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Android OS maker, Google has finally released the Android 9 codenamed Android Pie. It isn’t new that Google makes efforts to make their new Operating Systems more desirable than the former. What are the noticeable differences? When shall it come to various phones? What devices support the Android Pie? These are all we’re about to tell you.

Android Pie: What are the Major Features and Changes?

Adaptive Battery

With the introduction of machine learning, the device studies the most used and the least used apps. Therefore, there is more focus on the former than the latter. With these, 30% of a device’s battery can be saved.


Adaptive Brightness

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With Android Pie, a device learns the different brightness set in different lighting environments and proceeds to do so automatically after a brief understudy.


Introduction of Artificial Intelligence

Google has developed Pie in such a way that it shall learn from a user. It is designed to know a user’s most used app and in turn use features that’ll save a user device’s battery. It can also switch apps automatically after gathering necessary data and getting used to a user’s routine. Furthermore, it has the ability to shut a device down automatically at the end of the day so a user shall have all the rest deserved.


More comprehensive notification

When the notification bar is pulled down, a user shall find out that the notifications are arranged in a card-style interface. Also, when features such as ‘Screen rotation’, ‘Bluetooth’, ‘Torch’, etc. are switched on, it is more visible to the owner with a big blue circle.


Gesture navigation


This is the first time gestures are included in the navigation settings. When the gesture navigation is enabled, a user can swipe to open recent apps and swipe further to open the application tray. Also, the back button with has been a trademark innovation of Google since the inception of Android has been somewhat eliminated. It is up to developers to decide what feature they’ll use to replace the button or the use of AI to decide the app to be switched to. The traditional use is to either tap the home button, swipe up to access the recent apps page or swipe up twice for the app drawer.


A full force of App shortcuts

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App shortcuts were first introduced with Android Nougat. All one had to do was hold down an application icon to have an easy access to different elements. However, Android Pie features App actions and slices.  The App Action will decide what the next thing to do on a phone is and suggest shortcuts to a user with the app drawer, Assistant and others.

Slices shall let a user do more complex activities with the Assistant or Google Search.


157 Emojis added

Google has introduced 157 new emojis to ensure a conversation is more interactive and fun-filled. Prominent among the additions are red hair, lobster, mooncake and superhero.


Built-in Screenshot Editor

A phone user can take screenshots and edit them on the spot now. This is a welcome improvement as opposed to the previous rigour of editing a picture while viewing it in the gallery.


BiometricPrompt API

The traditional rule is to notify the user to save private information which can be remembered with fingerprint sensors and face unlock systems. With Android Pie, a user does not need to go through such rigour again. The biometrics saves information and pops up when such information is needed.


Some other smaller features include;

Volume control does not appear on the top of the screen again. It has been adjusted to the right side of the screen.

The media volume now appears as the default volume change as opposed to the ringtone volume in earlier versions.



Google has announced that Android Pie is available for all Pixel phones since August 6. However, not all the new features are embedded in the official release. Also, Essential has announced via their Twitter page that the Essential Phone was also getting its pie update as at August 6. The actual release is scheduled for fall (October most likely). Google also announced that Android One and other devices will get the upgrade by fall. It is assumed that ‘the other devices” refer to Pixel 3 phones. W believe that since many Android manufacturers such as Sony, Oppo, Vivo, Essential OnePlus etc. participated in the Android P beta program, the updates will come to their flagship devices too soon.  This has been corroborated by a claim made by Google which says that devices that were in the Android P beta program will receive the Android 9 Pie update in a swift manner.


What Devices Shall Get Android Pie update?

Apart from the Pixel and Essential devices that have gotten the update, it is unclear when others will get theirs. The manufacturers who participated in the Android P beta program might get theirs before the end of December while devices might have to wait till the first quarter of 2019. That is as far as we can tell.

Posted by Kunle Okenla

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