Google unveils the Android Pie statue; check out some of the new features in Android's latest build

Google unveils the Android Pie statue; check out some of the new features in Android's latest build
As we told you earlier today, Android Pie has been pushed out by Google for the Pixel handsets, and the Essential Phone. Of course, it wouldn't be the release of a new Android build without the traditional unveiling of the Android statue at the Googleplex. The Google Developers Twitter account released a tweet this afternoon that includes a picture of the statue (view the picture at the top of this article).

So what can we expect from Google 9.0 Pie? Well it seems that the new Android build learns how you like to use your phone and makes adjustments accordingly. Take the Adaptive Battery feature that uses AI to "learn" which apps you use the most, and limits access to the battery for apps in the background that you usually don't use that much. In theory, this should save some battery life for when you really need it. Adaptive Brightness remembers how you set the brightness of the screen under certain conditions, and does it for you automatically when those conditions are met.

App Actions remembers how you like to use your phone, and predicts what you want to do with your handset next. For example, you might be preparing to drive to work and Actions will suggest opening Google Maps to navigate to your office. It also might ask if you want to listen to a playlist on Google Play Music.

Other changes include a single home button which means that you will need to swipe up on the screen to see your open apps previewed in full-screen mode. Tapping on one will put you right back in the app. Quick Settings have been redesigned, there is a new and improved way to take screenshots, manage the volume on your phone, and handle notifications. And as we told you earlier, the Digital Wellbeing app monitors your phone and app usage. Those with a Pixel device running on Android Pie can now sign up for the beta version of the Digital Wellbeing app.

The aptly named Slices feature will allow Android Pie users to see important information from one of their apps without requiring them to open it. For example, type Lyft into the Google Search bar and you'll see prices for a  ride home, and how long it will take the driver to pick you up all without actually opening the Lyft app.

Hopefully the pace of the Android Pie rollout will be faster than what we saw with Oreo over the last year. Of course, we can't pin that on Google; much of the problem, especially in the U.S., is the fault of U.S. wireless providers and the phone manufacturers.



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Some bitter Samsung Users are scoffing at The Pie for only bringing native gesture support and Emojis; which begs the question: What exactly were they expecting? Android Oreo is so polished and refined that improving on that is a feat in itself. In any case; I do have mixed feelings about the gestures. I personally consider it half baked and expect Google to fix it with Android Q. But apart from that; I'm in love with the new Material Design 2.0; despite it having a bit of an iOS flare. Which is something I like, to be honest. I just wish Google do something about the relatively poor frame rate situation; when compared to iOS. And that's about the only complain I have. Kind of a big deal; if you think about it! G'Day!

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 580; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

The reality is as an Ex-Samsung user, they are pissed at Samsung in fact because Samsung will first bring this Android P to some of it's phones between March & june 2019.

16. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Is it only me or i don't think that such small improvements and changes deserve to be presented as Android 9? Why they don't name it Android 8.2 or something? There are no major changes in the OS... just the stupid gestures and some improvements... I think this is a way to avoid this update to huge number of devices and to force you to buy new one...

2. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

15. toosmoove posted on 8 hours ago +3 "Too bad; Samsung Users will have to wait for at least 6 months, IF they're lucky." For what? Gestures & the latest emojis? What ever shall we do without those? "Some bitter Samsung Users are scoffing at The Pie for only bringing native gesture support and Emojis; which begs the question: What exactly were they expecting?" What exactly were YOU expecting? I get there're some other changes, but for the most part they're a few operational changes. If anyone not rocking a Pixel or Essential phone wants them, the custom launchers will roll out updates soon. That's the beauty of Android & THAT is kind of a big deal. Peace!

3. wie155

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

My wishes for future Android: 1. Ability to change theme, and a store section for themes. But, since Google keep changing the android design, I think this feature might never come 2. True screen rotation. Unlike in iOS, most Android apps have never implemented true object rotation like Youtube video for example. Every time user change the orientation, there is always a pause on the video. Android also tend to lag both in animation and time, when it comes to rotation. 3. Get Rid of the wobble effect when reaching end of list. iOS implementation is just better. 4. Hovering navigation button. Right now, soft navigation button is taking some space at the bottom, it would be better if the appear on the top of the application with transparent background. 5. Native Per-app screen rotation option 6. Native Per-app equalizer 7. Native Notification LED customization option. Of course it is only wishes, and I believe google would never implemented these. I hope google learn a bit from Oneplus. Oneplus Oxygen OS in my opinion is the best android skin, minus theme store of course.

11. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

Don't think I am trolling you or something but I honestly don't care for any of that.

21. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I don't really think you know what you are talking about. Those are options built in by devs, and some of those are already native. I think you have your skins mixed up.

4. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

All this "learning" seems like a BIG breech of privacy, if it is transmitted to Google's servers. Like the always on microphone.

9. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

You're a little too late to be worrying about that if you have uses any cell phone in the last 10 years.

12. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

My highly customised and trustworthy Note cares to disagree. I feel more than fairly secure right now. Can't tell about the future though. I end up here after a lot of work.

8. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Yes, you're absolutely correct. The brightness effect has been reduced. It's not a bug. It's then new feature to optimize the battery draining and balancing the light effects on the device display. according to google its self...they reduced the brightness to save battery but u have to crank up the slider to make it brighter which effect the battery go figure..for me what it was bright on 50 percent now is so dim i have to push it to 80 something.thanx big g

13. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's a lazy ass statue. But then again, the last good one was kitkat.

18. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

It's a statute... nothing to get excited about...

14. Gadgetex

Posts: 200; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Does it finally allow users to save contacts to phone instead of Gmail?? Privacy finally improved?

20. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

You can always save contacts to your phone, if you wish. It's only a setting. Choose "save to phone". That's been like that before Android.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Loving it so far, new things to adjust to but no show stoppers. Vocal folks will drown this feedback out but it is what it is.

17. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

Not a fan of the new gestures features. Seems like they're trying to be like Apple.

19. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Hilarious apple fanboys trying to compare Android to iOS... Android had gestures first sport. I know you all think the Apple is first in everything, but they are usually last.

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