How to download Android Pie right now

We've previously covered version 9's features, here, and here, after playing around with developer builds of Android P - the its codename. "But these features are available in beta now for Pixel phones running Android 9", wrote Samat. Android Pie is now rolling out to Pixel devices, plus the Essential Phone. Google's focus with the new version of Android was to have the operating system react more intelligently to users by learning about their habits and automatically adapting the battery, brightness, and apps to suit their needs depending on where they are and what time it is. For other devices, the OEMs will release the dates and availability of Android Pie soon. The OTA is rolling out now to Pixel phones from 2016 and 2017, which is no surprise.

We'll believe it when we see it, but the days of getting Android updates months after Nexus and Pixel devices could end with Android 9.0 Pie. It does come with support for a few gestures that are similar to what we have seen in the iPhone X. But despite keeping the same material design - now whiter and flatter - it is definitely a bigger release than the Android 8 was compared to the Android 7.

Hot on the heels of Google's Android Pie announcement, Essential confirmed that it's now updating the Essential Phone to Android 9.0 Pie.

Rather than tapping the Recents button to open the app switcher, Android Pie requires you to do a small swipe up from the bottom of your screen. This includes a Dashboard to show you exactly how much you've been using your phone and an App Timer to help you control your usage.

Google has developed a new battery manager with AI technology. Android 9 also brings important privacy improvements, such as TLS by default and DNS over TLS to help protect all web communications and keep them private.

With this feature enabled, you can set a time at which the Night Light and Do Not Disturb features are turned on, and the screen turns to grayscale.

Also coming to Pixel phones this fall is Digital Wellbeing. It then display that action on their phone.

"Say it's Tuesday morning and you're preparing for your commute: you'll be suggested actions like navigating to work on Google Maps or resuming an audiobook with Google Play Books", the company said.

Vanessa Coleman

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