Android 9 Pie is here for Pixel phones, rolling out for other devices soon
by Adrian Diaconescu / Aug 06, 2018, 1:04 PM
The latest OS flavor’s logo is about as generic as they come, although we can definitely make out some sort of a red-colored fruit in the search giant’s official imagery confirming this surprising moniker. We reckon that’s some variation or other of the classic cherry pie, but we may never know whether Google likes the sweet or sour kind more.
Popsicle and Pancake regrets aside (everybody likes pancakes, don’t they?), we’re obviously excited to hear Pixel phones are looking at over-the-air updates to (stable) Android 9 “starting today”, with official Beta program participants from third-party companies set to follow suit soon enough.
We’re talking about Sony’s Xperia XZ2, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential Phone, all of which should be officially promoted to Android Pie “by the end of this fall”, along with all “qualifying” Android One devices.
As far as highlights go, we’ve known pretty much what to expect since Google I/O back in May, with features like Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness at the top of the changelog in terms of importance and impact on battery life and energy efficiency.
That “Slices” add-on should have really told us everything we needed to know about Android 9’s alternate name, with App Actions another notable new way to interact with your apps based on “context”, and a Digital Wellbeing platform headed for Pixels at some point “this fall”, followed by Android One and “other devices” later this year. The latter will include a set of tools meant to limit the time you spend on your phone, from an App Timer to a new Do Not Disturb mode, a Wind Down function, and of course, a Dashboard for controlling everything.
Google is also “working” with a “number of partners” to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year, but unfortunately, no names are provided, so we have no idea if Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S9 are on the list, for instance.
Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014
hehe im downloading it now on my phone.pleasant surprise as it was supposed to be out on the 20 th of august well according to some.cool
posted on Aug 06, 2018, 1:18 PM 0
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Lucky you, lad. Anyhow, seems like Project Treble is finally paying off. XDA claims that Essential Phone too will receive the update today and numerous others in the following week. Quite impressive. Too bad; Samsung Users will have to wait for at least 6 months, IF they're lucky. BIG IF! P.S While the name could've been better; I'm just glad Google isn't calling it "Peanut Butter"! Think about it... G'Day!
posted on Aug 06, 2018, 1:31 PM 9
Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014
i was with sammy and u r right i had to wait many months for an update or security patches and i left that ship like a mouse saw the titanic sinking...im pretty sure u ll get it soon green man...nokia oneplus as well will get it soon..seems like treble is doin something good. have a good one p.s uk here so the update is hitting the uk shores.
posted on Aug 06, 2018, 1:47 PM 1
Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018
Too bad Samsung users? Even with Android P, those phones will do less than an galaxy S or Note device. so I don't see the point of bragging about an update. Buying a phone with the latest of any firmware, is better than an upgrade; because said device will also have features that specifically take advantage of the firmware.
posted on Aug 06, 2018, 1:56 PM 6
Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009
I agree, honestly there's much more to a phone than the version number on it. Having owned multiple Samsung phones and multiple Google phones Samsung is a better rounded more polished and feature rich experience. Google's great if all you care about is bare bones, speed and fast updates.
posted on Aug 07, 2018, 12:51 AM 0
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Typical samsung users start putting out excuses. Here is a suggestion, why not ask Samsung to just stop pushing out any android updates at all, since you guys already have all the features, no? Or even better, ask Samsung to go back to Kitkat because even in those days Samsung TouchWiz used to come with tremendous amount of features(bloatware actually) that even now stock ones don't have. Since android updates mean nothing, let's go back to kitkat, slap Samsung experience ui on top and brag how Samsung is s**t 5 years behind Everyone else. That would be really cool, no?
posted on Aug 07, 2018, 4:31 AM 1
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LOL, by the time most receive Oreo, IF at all, Android Q will be released .
posted on Aug 06, 2018, 1:38 PM 5
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Essential Phone is also receiving the update atm. I hope they give us the option to keep the on screen buttons, because I hate the new navigation pill. If they were going to copy Apple, they should've given us the same navigation gestures found on the X.
posted on Aug 06, 2018, 1:39 PM 3
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Its on. Incoming users with questions to manufacturers like "when will my Xperia S get updated to Android P? Its already been 5 hrs.
posted on Aug 06, 2018, 2:48 PM 0
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