Android 9 Pie, Google’s latest Android version is finally here after over a year of development and months of tests by early adopters. Google revealed the all-new version of Android on Monday which was so far referred to as Android 9 without a name until now.
The Android 9 Pie will start rolling out to Pixel phones in an over-the-air update starting Monday. Google has confirmed that the devices that participated in the Beta programme from Sony, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential as well as all Android One devices out there will be receiving the update by end of this fall.
As before, Google is making system images for Pixel devices available for manual flash and download. Those looking for the Android 9 source can find it in the Android Open Source Project repository under the Android 9 branches.
Google also confirmed that it is working with a bunch of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year. Google’s Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android and Google Play, in a blog post stressed that Android 9 Pie comes with “artificial intelligence (AI) baked in to make your phone smarter, simpler and more tailored to you.”
Android 9 brings a bunch of improvements over features that are already present on the device like Adaptive Brightness, which will learn how a user likes to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for them. App Actions also get refresh as it will now predict what a user wants to do next based on their context and displays that action right on the phone.
What’s in Android 9 Pie?
Google’s Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, stresses that Android 9 Pie will make your phone a ‘smarter smartphone’ with machine learning at the core. The all-new version has brought in a lot of machine learning that will understand user pattern.
Google’s new Adaptive Battery feature in Android 9 Pie has been developed in partnership with DeepMind and it uses machine learning to prioritise system resources for the apps the user cares about most.
New system navigation
Android 9 Pie brings an all-new system navigation which Google says it was working on for more than a year. The new navigation has been designed to make Android’s multitasking more approachable and makes discovering apps much easier. With Pie, users can swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of recently used apps and simply tap to jump back any apps running in the background.
Notifications and smart reply
Android 9 Pie is bringing an all-new notification panel with enhanced smart reply feature. This will mean that you can now reply to chats from notification bar where you can attach photos, stickers, and even suggest smart replies.
Security and privacy features
Android 9 Pie brings a system-managed dialog to prompt the user for any supported type of biometric authentication which means users will no longer need to rely on apps which build their own dialog box while app usage.
With this feature, Google is basically removing the need of individual apps drawing their own fingerprint authentication dialogs.
With Android 9 Pie, Google is also ensuring it safeguards privacy in a number of new ways which include restricting access to mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle.