Google continues it sweet treat. It is official now Android 9 will be called Android Pie. This latest version of Android mobile operating system will be rolled out to select smartphones. Android Pie shifts the focus on artificial intelligence, which will power the user experience on the OS.

Android 9 Pie is a feature-rich update, with subtle design improvements, helpful shortcuts, and a big focus on AI through adaptive settings. Google is trying to make your phone more personal, more efficient, and easier to use. In order to leverage the new features of Android Pie, it is important to partner with an Android app development company.

About Android 9 Pie:

Android Pie available on following devices as free update.

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Essential Phone

Android Pie release date by December 21 for devices mentioned below

  • Sony
  • Xiaomi
  • HMD Global
  • Oppo
  • Vivo
  • OnePlus
  • Android One phones (Select)

Here are key features of Android 9 Pie

Digital Wellbeing

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Digital Wellbeing is Google’s initiative aimed to help user understand whether they are spending too much time on mobile device and adjust user behavior. With an all-new dashboard, dashboard is designed to help people understand how much time they're spending on each app. there is also an App Timer that sets limits on the time spent on specific apps. If the limit is reached, users are locked out unless they override the function.

There is a Wind Down mode that fades the screen into greyscale at night to help people sleep, while also initiating a Do Not Disturb mode to mute notifications before bedtime.

Adaptive Battery & Adaptive Brightness

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Adaptive battery is extremely interesting as it understands and deciphers app’s functioning. Android Pie includes a new feature called "adaptive battery." This feature ensures only the apps needed are using battery. It also helps use your smartphone longer between charges.

Based on app’s consumption, artificial intelligence adjusts brightness of screen based on user preferences and environment.

App Slices

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With Android 9, the best of apps are bound to get even faster. Slices features brings relevant parts of your favorite apps, creating interactive snippets of your favorite apps in different places. Slices displays information from apps directly within the Google search app, in a similar manner to the way Google displays snippets of information in web search results.

App Actions

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App actions are another AI-integration attempt by Google, which seeks to predict not only the app that you want at any particular moment, but an action from within that app too.

Improved Navigation

With a complete focus on navigation and user experience, Android 9 Pie comes with a single home button in the screen. This change has been made keeping in mind taller displays and higher aspect ratio. On the lines of Apple iPhone X, Android Pie gives similar swipes and gestures for navigation.

Stringent Privacy Measures

Android 9 comes with extensive and robust security features to empower encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret. One of the key features is biometric authentication prompt which enables consistent authentication throughout Android ecosystem. There will be restricted access to phone's microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle in the background. Android 9 also brings vital improvements to protect web communications and offer private web surfing.

Android Pie: Exploring Enterprise Angle

Android Pie brings a host of features for enterprises, making it easy for users to share a single device for shift workers or public kiosks. It comes with easy to use Work tab which allows to separate work apps all in one place and turn off with a simple toggle when you get off work. Android 9 provides the ability to Enterprise IT admins to define freeze periods up to 90 days during which time devices in their fleet will not update the Android OS. This ensures their devices states remain unchanged during critical time like holidays.

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