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

Android 9 Pie is here for Pixel phones, rolling out for other devices soon
There is no shortage of delicious treats and elaborate desserts starting with the letter P, but after going down the commercial brand route last year with Oreo, and snubbing fan favorite Nutella to choose the less liked Nougat back in 2016, Google has decided to keep things simple (and vague) for the all-new Android 9 Pie version.

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.

source: Google



1. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Red beans pie!.

2. taz_chaz

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

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

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!

6. taz_chaz

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 pretty sure u ll get it soon green 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.

7. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

pancakes would be better...but i ll have my pie and eat it too as it seems.pass me a Pop drink please.ta

9. strategic_developer

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.

18. Doakie

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.

19. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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?

15. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"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?

14. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1347; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

My Pixel is downloading as well right now. Can't wait to drain the battery as I poke around the software after the update is complete.

4. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

LOL, by the time most receive Oreo, IF at all, Android Q will be released .

16. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

LOL, by the time competing mobile operating systems receive the features of Oreo, Android S will be out.

5. maherk

Posts: 7014; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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.

10. fyah_king unregistered

I need the option to hide the on screen buttons on my essential and pixel 2 xl.

8. Elvis358

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Mmm simple as pie! Good I hate pancakes!

11. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

All the iPhone X like gestures are pissing me off. I used to make fun of them for it, I don't want it!!

12. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Its on. Incoming users with questions to manufacturers like "when will my Xperia S get updated to Android P? Its already been 5 hrs.

13. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

lol u r darn right

17. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

I'm not tripping. I don't like the gestures features. Like they're trying be to much like Apple.

20. NinoH

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Well,well,well who is now copying who?Seems like Google is out of ideas, while everybody was making fun of apple for copying android and now the tables have turned.

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