Google announced the launch of Android 9 Pie, the latest release of the mobile platform which is simple and intelligent, while helping you with your digital wellbeing. There is ever more AI at the core of Operating System, with features that learn from you and work work better for you.
Speaking about the new Android release, Sameer Samat – VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play said, “Android 9 aims to make your phone even smarter by learning from you and adapting to your usage patterns. It also helps you get things done faster, like predicting what you’ll want to do next based on your context and displaying that action right on your phone. And we’ve been working to add key capabilities right into Android to help people achieve the balance with technology they’re looking for.”
How it works
Android 9 is built to learn from users — and to work better for users. From predicting your next task, to prioritizing battery power for the apps used most and most importantly, to helping you disconnect from your phone at the end of the day, Android 9 adapts to your life and the ways you like to use your phone.
It comes with features like Adaptive Battery, which learns the apps you use most and prioritizes battery for them, Adaptive Brightness, which learns how you like to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for you.
Android 9 — now easy as pie
Adaptability is important but usability is more so. Android 9 features a new system navigation featuring a single, clean home button. Users can swipe up to see a newly designed Overview, the place where you have at-a-glance full-screen previews of your recently used apps. Switching between apps is easy with Smart Text Selection — it now works on the Overview of your recent apps, making it easier to perform the action you want.
Android P also brings a redesigned Quick Settings, a better way to take and edit screenshots, simplified volume controls, an easier way to manage notifications and so much more. You’ll notice small changes like these across the platform, to help make the things you do all the time easier than ever.
Find the balance with Android P
Android P now makes it easier to help people disconnect. At Google I/O in May, Google previewed digital wellbeing features for Android including a new Dashboard that shows time spent on the device; an App Timer that lets users set time limits on apps and grays out the icon on the home screen when the time is up; the new Do Not Disturb, which silences all the visual interruptions that pop up on screen; and Wind Down, which switches on Night Light and Do Not Disturb and fades the screen to grayscale before bedtime.
Digital Wellbeing is now available in beta for Pixel phones running Android 9, and will be officially available in the next few months. It will be coming to Android One and other devices later this year.
Security and privacy baked in
Improving security is always important in each of our platform releases. With Android 9 we have made software more secure from Code-reuse attacks, and installed features which add a layer of security to biometrics. Android 9 enables industry-leading hardware security capabilities to allow protecting sensitive data like credit card information using a secure, dedicated chip. Android 9 also brings important privacy improvements, such as TLS by default and DNS over TLS to help protect all web communications and keep them private.
Coming to a device near you
Starting today, an over-the-air update to Android 9 will begin rolling out to Pixel phones. And devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential Phones, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of the year.