Android 9.0 Pie is already available for the Essential Phone

Posted August 07, 2018

The developer preview of Android 9.0 - now known as Android Pie, a fairly simple name considering all the tasty treats starting with P that exist, has been fairly long, but successful for Google with the official release now unveiled.

These features, however, are available in beta form for Pixel owners and will be available in production form in time for the wide release of Android 9 Pie.

It also predicts what users would want do with a certain app and pulls up relevant information or "slices". For example, you can type "Lyft" into Google Search and you'll see fare prices for places like Home and Work as well as an ETA for the nearest vehicle to your location.

Android 9.0 has arrived.

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Android 9 introduces a new navigation system and a single home button, too, added Google.

A lot of these AI based features will require you use the phone for Android Pie to work out the best way to help you in your daily life so you'll see things pop up the more you use the phone.

Android 9 - also called Android Pie - comes with artificial intelligence built in that lets a user's smartphone learn how it is operated.

And devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall!

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A new Dashboard will show how you've been spending time on your device, including time spent in apps, how many times you've unlocked your phone and how many notifications you've received.

Rather than tapping the Recents button to open the app switcher, Android Pie requires you to do a small swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

Apart from the Digital WellBeing, other key features of the Android P include Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, App Actions, Slices and Smart Text Selections. For example, App Actions will suggest a playlist when you connect Bluetooth headphones.

You can activate the Wind Down feature so that at night, as you get close to bedtime, your device goes into Do Not Disturb mode and your screen fades to grayscale to help you disconnect. Within the Digital Wellbeing interface, a pie chart will reveal which apps or services you use the most, allowing you to pause apps or snooze notifications to avoid mindless content consumption and reduce distractions. More details at the link below!

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