Google has finally made the latest version of Android official – Welcome Android 9.0 Pie, and it has a ton of features that would set the trend for upcoming devices. Here are some of the most notable ones:
Basically AI battery management, which works intelligently to learn your usage pattern, and optimizes your device so that apps that you don’t often use, will be given less priority, and will use less power.
Android Pie can now predict your next action, such as firing up your best playlist as soon as you plug in your headphones. Now, of course, we’ll have to see which apps can actually support this feature, but it’s a good to have.
The on-screen buttons are now replaced by gestures, which for one, gives you more screen, and is also at times, faster to do and feels more natural. It does take a bit of getting used to for those who are used to buttons, but I do hope that there’s an option to set your navigation method.
Android P is designed with enhanced support for edge-to-edge displays, and for those which have a cut-out or a notch, which is a trend in a lot of smartphones today.
Pixel device owners are in for a treat, as Android Pie is now rolling out to their phones. It won’t be very long before we see it in other OEMs. The question is, who’s going first?
Google’s blog post also indicated that the update will be available by the end of this fall for devices that participated in the Beta program – Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices.
For a full list of Android Pie’s features, click here.