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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

07 August 2018

The program isn't now ready for wide release, but users can sign up to take part in a Digital Wellbeing beta to help Google test the feature before it officially launches this fall by signing up here. That's why Android 9 comes with features like Adaptive Battery, which learns the apps you use most and prioritizes battery for them, and Adaptive Brightness, which learns how you like to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for you. A new gesture has also been added, allowing you to instantly enter Do Not Disturb mode by simple turning your phone over (face down) on a flat surface. For example, if you go to Google Search and type in "Lyft", an interactive Slice will provide a price and time for a trip to work, and it's fully interactive so you can simply click to order a ride.

Android 9 Pie will be available from Tuesday as an over-the-air download for Google's Pixel phones.

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This includes swiping up or down to see previews of recently-used apps, and then being able to access them instantly.

Google's AI has been gaining traction in their releases for some time, but in Android Pie it will be more prevalent with App Actions taking the focus offering you contextually aware actions based on what you're doing at the time.

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This fall, Google will also roll out a feature called Slices, which will show relevant info from your apps when you want it. Providing you have the right device, you can either update using the OTA image (which doesn't require you to have an unlocked bootloader) or using the factory image (which is faster and doesn't require an unlocked bootloader, but riskier). Android P also brings a redesigned Quick Settings, a better way to take and edit screenshots (say goodbye to the vulcan grip that was required before), simplified volume controls, an easier way to manage notifications and more. Google has also confirmed that not only has the name arrived, but so has the final version of Android 9 Pie. Security and privacy baked in Improving security is always important in each of our platform releases. At the time of publishing, we could not see Android 9 Pie update on our Pixel 2 XL, which is already running Android P Beta 4.

Devices that were enrolled in the Android Beta program will also be getting the Pie update "by the end of this fall".

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push