Android 9 Pie is here for Pixel phones, rolling out for other devices soon
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.