The next generation of Android is on its way and it is not peppermint, pancake or Pop-Tarts. The “P” in Android 9.0’s name stands for Pie, and it has officially arrived. Google is now referencing Android 9.0 as Android 9 Pie, marking a slight change from previous Android version releases that have typically arrived in the decimal form, such as Android 8.0 Oreo.
Google typically names its new flavors of Android alphabetically and after a dessert or any sweet dish. For example, the previous Android version was called Oreo preceded by Nougat, Marshmallow, and Lollipop. The actual release will come in the fall. Google says “Android One and other devices coming later this year.”
Pixel owners will be happy to know that Pie will start rolling out as an over-the-air update today. The same goes for every other device that was enrolled in the Android Beta including Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential devices and other qualifying Android One devices. One can assume that the new Pixel 3 phones will run on Android Pie out of the box.
Android Pie is the first Android update to address the latest trends in smartphone design, such as display notches and edge-to-edge screens. Google has responded to these changes with revamped navigational controls. The new OS will add an iPhone X-like swipe-based navigation system to your phone, so you can swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of your most recent apps. One big update in Android Pie is support for notches popularized by Apple’s iPhone X. Google has made it easier for apps to work smoothly on phones that happen to have notched screens.
However, the official release will not include all of the features that Google announced at Google I/O 2018. The main things that will be missing are the “Digital Wellbeing” features, including the Usage Dashboard, App Times, and a “Wind Down” setting for when you go to bed. Instead, those features will be offered as a beta for Pixel users right away. It also received many subtle improvements to the overall look of the software, including a new status bar that’s designed to work better with notches.
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