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New Android Pie: Everything You Need To Know

Android Pie
Written by Bibhu Prasad Bal

The mobile phone market is sky rock nowadays. Where ever eye reaches, the mobile phone is everywhere. Among those, Android is the most used mobile OS in the world. You know it already. What is the new thing in this? Do you know Android recently released its new version named Android Pie or Android 9.0?

Actually, Google releases the version of Android 9.0 on August 6, 2018, but don’t name the version

There are a lot of rumors around the world on What is the full form of Android 9.0 or Android P. People are guessing the names like Pastry, Pineapple, Pancake etc. According to a famous blog, it has 17 name suggestions.

It is obvious. There is nothing wrong with being creative. You may have heard some other names. I heard a lot.

By putting a full stop on all the rumors, Google finally releases the name of the of its latest Android version as Android Pie.

I have a question for you. Can you name all the version of Android?

Quite difficult, right.

Google releases an update on its mobile OS every year. You may name some of the famous names like KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow etc.

Don’t worry I have collected the full list of the Android version and some more details. Just check out the table.

Android version history

Here is the complete list of Android version history.

 

Code
name
Version
number
Initial release
date
(No codename) 1.0 September 23, 2008
Petit Four 1.1 February 9, 2009
Cupcake 1.5 April 27, 2009
Donut 1.6 September 15, 2009
Eclair 2.0 – 2.1 October 26, 2009
Froyo 2.2 – 2.2.3 May 20, 2010
Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7 December 6, 2010
Honeycomb 3.0 – 3.2.6 February 22, 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 – 4.0.4 October 18, 2011
Jelly Bean 4.1 – 4.3.1 July 9, 2012
KitKat 4.4 – 4.4.4 October 31, 2013
Lollipop 5.0 – 5.1.1 November 12, 2014
Marshmallow 6.0 – 6.0.1 October 5, 2015
Nougat 7.0 – 7.1.2 August 22, 2016
Oreo 8.0 – 8.1 August 21, 2017
Pie 9.0 August 6, 2018

Now you have the full details of Android versions. Let’s move.

As you know every version update of Android comes with some awesome features, this Android pie version also has some amazing updates.

Let’s see what are the surprises Google brings for us in this Android Pie version? Let’s explore it.

Android Pie new features

Android Pie is here. Here is everything that’s new in Android 9.0 Pie. I have categories it for better understating. Let’s talk one by one.

Android Pie

1 – Artificial Intelligence

As artificial intelligence is everywhere, Why Google left behind. Google includes the AI in its latest Android Pie version.

Adaptive Battery

Android is often offended by its battery use capability. Google implements the AI technology in the battery use. But no further.

Android Pie

Adaptive Battery learns how you like to use your phone. In the result, the apps and services you don’t use as much will not use your battery. You can do more with a single charge.

Adaptive Brightness

Another AI-powered feature is Adaptive brightness.

Have you ever feel irritating with the brightness. When you in-door, we may probably use low brightness. But when we go outside we use the high brightness. The process is manual till now. We have to set the brightness ever time, whenever required.

Android Pie

But the problem is solved. Adaptive brightness, will learn the condition and adjust the brightness automatically. Is not a good one. The brightness will adjust automatically according to your environment and activities.

App Action

App Actions predicts what you’re about to do next. Let’s simplify this process. Let’s say you have connected your headphones, it will show you the playlist you were listening to earlier in front of you.

Android Pie

It will appear like a suggestion box pop-up. You will go with the suggestion or just ignore it. So you can get your next task more quickly. It also AI-powered and learns from your daily use of a phone.

Slices

This feature gives more flexibility. It will pop-up a part of the app UI to be brought right into the Google search results. It also shows you two or three suggestion according to your query.

Android Pie

To make it simple if you want to book a cab and just type in the Google search, it will show you the UBER with details. You can book a cap without opening the app.

You can also see the nearest driver and price information on the suggestion box.

2 – Simplicity in the user interface

The Android operating system is always known for its simple user interface. This may be one to resign why Android is the most used mobile OS. Android Pie comes with a lot of UI improvements. The user interface is now easier and nice looking.

New navigation system

There is a single clean home button, that you swipe up to see predicted apps, and up again to see all apps. Slide to the side to see open apps.

A new look of notifications

Google is using rounded corners everywhere it can. A swipe down to view the notification tray and quick settings. The There’s also a lot more color in the Settings menu.

Messaging apps will suggest smart replies and show more information in each notification. You can’t expand the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth settings from the shade like you can in Oreo.

Screenshots

Now, you can take screenshots easily from the power menu and draw, annotate, or crop them quickly.

Intuitive Navigation

New Intuitive navigation allows you to switch between apps and get to what you need more naturally by using gestures instead of buttons.

You can easily navigate from one app to another with this new intuitive navigation.

Rotation

This feature will give you more control over rotation. A simple button that confirms when you’d like to change the rotation on your device – even when your orientation is locked.

At-a-Glance on Always-on-Display

See things like calendar events and weather on your Lock Screen and Always-on Display.

Display Update

The mobile market has now various display cutouts. There is a trend of Notch. Google also take care of this.

Display cutout: This version of Android supports for the devices with cutouts to make use of available screen space.

Edge-to-edge screens: It also supports the devices with 18:9 and taller aspect ratios, and devices with display cutouts.

Official dark mode

Google has added an official dark mode option in the Settings app. Instead of relying on the wallpaper in order to trigger the dark mode. You will find this option in setting. This is a much-awaited feature on Android because iOS has already.

3 – Accessibility

Select to Speak – OCR in Camera

With this feature, you can select text on the screen and the content will be read aloud. Now. Android Pie has added OCR support for S2S in Camera and Pictures to make the text even more accessible. In this feature, you can select text in the using the camera or in the picture. The selected text will be highlighted and read aloud.

Accessibility Menu

Android Pie has a new accessibility menu. Some common actions like taking screenshots and navigating with one hand are now much easier. It is more useful when you driving.

Sound amplifier

This is a much-needed feature. When you are in a loud place your voice is not clear due to background noise. This new Accessibility Service makes it easier to understand conversations. It has over 100 settings and you can use these settings to boost the audio. It is more useful at a loud concert or party.

4 – Digital Wellbeing

One of Google’s major spotlights on Android Pie is Digital Wellbeing. It ensures that your phone works for you. Google implements a bunch of handy features that let users limit the time they spend on their phones.

Do Not Disturb improvement

There is an improvement on Do Not Disturb. It will silence notification sounds and the visual interruptions.

Android Pie

From now onwards your phone will not light up when a notification came on this improvement. Don’t worry Google take care of your calls, and you don’t miss something urgent Calls from starred contacts will still come through

App dashboard

Do you want to see the time you spent on any app on your phone? You can get a daily view of the time spent on your phone.

Android Pie

It will show you a full report of frequently use different apps. You will also get a list of any notifications you get.

Wind Down

Do you use your phone when you are going to sleep? If your answer is yes then this update is for you. You can set a daily schedule to get your phone ready for bed.

A grayscale fades your screen to gray while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep. Happy sleeping.

App timers

App timers let you set daily time limits for your apps. You can put different limits on different apps. When you reach the limit, the app is paused for the rest of the day.

Android Pie

It may restrict you from using an app very often in a day if you want to. This feature may save your time if you want.

5 – Media Update

Lots of new media update comes with Android Pie version.

Multiple Bluetooth connections

The Android Pie update capable of handling multiple Bluetooth speakers. You can connect up to five Bluetooth devices and easily switch between these devices.

Incoming phone calls will be sent to all connected Bluetooth devices that can accept. You can receive the call from any speaker. So you’ll never miss a call.

HDR

It is always a problem to run High Dynamic Range (HDR) video files on Android. Not from now because Android Pie adds built-in support for HDR VP9 Profile 2.

So you can watch HDR-enabled movies on YouTube and Google Play Movies. You can get the highest quality of video experience on your phone.

Sound delay reporting

Have you noticed that some videos play sound little bit delay? The problem may be the video file or in the headsets. Now Android will report the delay.

Android 9 offers support for headsets with sound delay reporting. So video on your device and audio on your headphones can always stay in sync.

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HD Audio

Google also updated its OS for Audio quality improvements. Now it supports HD audio delivering clearer, sharper, and richer quality sound.

Volume memory per Bluetooth device

This is quite a smart update. Now your OS will remember the last volume you set for each of the Bluetooth devices you have connected in the past.

So when you connect to the speaker next time no blasting of music too loudly. You may have such type of experience in the past.

HEIF (High-Efficiency Image File Format)

AS the name suggests Android Pie now supports HEIF photos on the Android platform.

6 – Camera update

There is a trend of camera among the phone manufacturers. I think the days of single-camera phones may be over.

Let’s take a small example to trace my lines. When I meet my friend, they ask me several questions related to mobile. The most common question among them is this, “are you using a single camera phone or dual camera phone”.

My answer is “a single camera phone”. There immediate replay like this, “It is 2018, Still you are using single camera phone?”. Buy a dual camera phone.

Then I just replay to them, “I am waiting for a phone that has more than 6 cameras”.

I told them like this because the number of the camera in a phone is increasing day by day. It is not impossible to have 6 cameras.

Ok, lets come to the topic.

A number of cameras are increasing day by day, Google also needs to update its Android version.

Multi-camera support

Android 9 gives developers the freedom that they can create immersive experiences using streams from two or more physical cameras. Whatever may be the devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras. Examples include stereo vision, depth, bokeh and more you name it.

External camera support

You may have seen the small cameras that can be attached with your phone through USB/UVC port. Android 9 now also supports that type of external USB / UVC cameras on certain devices.

Privacy and security update

Google always care about the user’s privacy. All the updates from Google must contain some security updates.

This version also comes with some privacy and security updates.

Android 9 enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.

It also includes a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a next level security and consistent authentication experience across Android.

A StrongBox update has come. It allows the apps to take advantage of the tamper-resistant hardware (Hardware component) to protect their private keys. This will make harder for malware to steal the credentials of a user.

For privacy, Android will restrict the access to your phone’s hardware components like a microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background.

Android Pie also brings important improvements that protect all web communications (browsing) and offer private web surfing. This may protect users from the hackers.

How to download Android 9 Pie?

Here a question arises How to download Android 9 Pie? Is it available for my phone?

Well, You’ll need to own one of four phones to get the latest Android Pie update right now. Those handsets are; Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Essential Phone also has the update rolling out on day one.

You may even get a notification alerting you that the Android 9 update is available. You’ll need to go to Settings > System > System Update to see if it’s landed on your handset. Tap download and install the update.

If you don’t have a phone as listed above, then don’t worry. The Android Pie update will arrive for other devices soon.

These are some of the important updates on Android Pie.

Conclusion

Here are top updates of Android Pie. Google releases new updates each year but this update is a little bit special. The resign I told like this because first time Google implements its AI technology in its mobile OS.

The most awaited AI based Android OS is here. Such AI-based systems will learn from your daily use and give the best suggestions. The suggestion may not be 100% accurate, but it will make life easier.

Google always tries to give the best user experience to its user. So it consistently working on the Android and releasing the updates.

Altho Google releases the new updates for limited devices, soon the update will come for other devices. We have to just wait for sometime. Let’s see what is the first phone that will come with built-in Android 9.0 or Android Pie. Will it be Google Pixel 3? Or some other phone.

This version Android brings some much-awaited features like battery life improvements. It also cares about the user’s privacy and security. So this Android Pie also provides some next level security.

Have you read all the above Android updates? Which updates do you like the most? Comment me bellow. If you get any new things from this don’t forget to tell your friends and let them know about the new Android Pie.

About the author

Bibhu Prasad Bal

A professional content writer and a tech-savvy guy. He loves to explain stuff in a simple way, no matter what and how complicated it is.

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