Android 9.0 Pie is the delicious name adopted for Android 9.0. The new Mobile OS is fully loaded and set to enhance user fun and experience on smartphones.
This version of Android has come earlier than it was recently rumored by the mobile reporter Evan Blass who seem to be good at leaking gist like this one.
Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2 devices will receive the new version first, as well as Android One devices, and any other device that was eligible to partake in the Android Open Beta. Google announce that the beta version is also available for the following devices :
- Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel/Pixel XL
- Essential Phone
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Oppo R15 Pro
- Vivo X21
- OnePlus 6
Now, let’s get in details about what makes Android 9 the most desirable Mobile OS of the year:
Android 9.0 Pie is A.I Powered
Android Pie is powered by Artificial Intelligence. There is lots of intelligence in Android 9, adaptive Brightness takes automatic brightness to the next level, learning how you like your brightness in different surroundings, and automatically changing them to suit your personal preferences. Adaptive Battery is similar, learning which apps and services you really care about and making sure to supply maximum power to them, while limiting power usage of apps you don’t use as often.
Multi Camera Support Build In
Dual Sight is in Android 9, Nokia introduced a new feature called Dual-Sight on their phones. What Dual camera does is that it allows you to take both camera lenses on your phone simultaneously. Android 9.0 Pie will make similar features widely available on most Android smartphones, as it allows developers to access streams on multiple phone cameras simultaneously.
This is probably one the biggest changes you will notice. The traditional Android navigation buttons is no more, it has been replaced with a small pill-shaped icon at the bottom of the screen. Swipe up from the bottom to see your Recent apps, and a full swipe up will open up the app drawer. Swipe the pill-shaped home button to the right and you can quickly swap back to the last app you were using.
This is another well thought out feature of Android Pie. It is meant to help user reduce tech addiction. This is a feature that let users limit the time they spend on their phones. Apple have initiated similar project called Screen Time. There are four main components of Digital Wellbeing: Do Not Disturb, App Timer, Dashboard, and Wind Down.
You can simply flip you phone on a table and it will switch to Do Not Disturb mode. Under the Do Not Disturb settings, you can alter the feature a bit more. This includes muting sound and vibrations, how long you want the feature to be turned on for, exceptions to which notifications you can receive, and more.
The Dashboard will allow you to know exactly where time is being spent. It can also show how many notifications you have received, and how many times you unlocked your phone.
With Wind Down Mode, with this feature you can tell Google Assistant when you would like to go to bed, and it will automatically put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode and switch your screen to gray-scale(black/white) over a period of time you wish to sleep.
Multiple users on dedicated devices
Android Pie allows more than one person to use the device. For example if an Android tab is used in a Stock shop to keep records or shifts. Android 9 makes it easy for users to share a single device, good for shift workers.
Inclusive New Emoji
More than a 100 new emojis will be available for use in Android 9.0 Pie. The emojis are of different types, some are gender-less emojis, as well as emojis with multiple skin tones and hair colors.
Android 9.0 Pie have raised the bar in media connectivity.
Multiple Bluetooth connections: With Android 9, you can connect up to five Bluetooth devices and switch between these devices seamlessly. Incoming phone calls will be sent to all connected Bluetooth devices that can accept, so you’ll never miss a call.
Sound delay reporting: 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.
Volume memory per Bluetooth device: Android 9 will now remember the last volume you set for each of your Bluetooth devices. No more blasting music too loudly when you reconnect to your car or headphones.
HD AudioAnd HDR: Android 9 adds built-in support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) VP9 Profile 2, so you can watch HDR-enabled movies on YouTube and Google Play Movies. HD Audio will improved performance and support for HD audio delivering clearer, sharper, and richer quality sound.
HEIF: Android 9 now supports HEIF photos on the Android platform to improve compression of pictures and reduce the amount of storage needed.
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Better security and Privacy
Google don’t joke with mobile security but with Android Pie they have taken it to Guantanamo level. Android 9.0 Pie comes with a number of new options to make your phone more secure. The most exciting of it all is that any security update has to do with encryption. Android 9.0 Pie will now perform client-side encryption. Any data encryption or decryption that takes place will now happen on your phone and will require authentication from your phone (password, PIN, pattern). Since Google backs up all of your information to the cloud, this change will make it much more difficult for hackers or other prying eyes to access your information from a computer.
When it comes to privacy the company is improving it’s battered reputation with Android Pie.
Android Pie will restrict access to the phone’s microphone, camera, and other sensors. When an app is idle or running in the background, it will be unable to access any of the phone’s sensors (other than GPS)
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Improved battery life
Google improved how Android 9.0 Pie will maximize your battery life. The Battery Saver app is improved in Android 9.0 Pie makes it easier to enable Battery Saver as your battery begins to drain. Instead of the option to enable Battery Saver at 5 or 15 percent, there’s now a slider, allowing you to enable Battery Saver once your battery reaches 70 percent or below