Google has released the ninth edition of its mobile operating system, with a range of features aimed at providing a more personalized experience for smartphone users. Android Pie is the official name of Google’s Android P operating system, and the final software is now available on Pixel phones and the Essential Phone, and coming to additional devices throughout this year and next.
Good news for Sony, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus users as well as qualifying Android One devices. Google says that these companies, which all participated in the Android Pie beta along with Essential, will issue the update by the end of autumn (that’s in the northern hemisphere, which is officially Friday, December 21).
- Go more with a single charge. Adaptive Battery learns how you like to use your phone, so the apps and services you don’t use as much aren’t a battery drain.
- Don’t worry about changing your brightness, your phone learns how you like to set it and automatically adjusts. Easy as pie.
- Compiler-based security mitigations in Android P
- Better Biometrics in Android P
- Switch between apps and get to what you need more naturally by using gestures instead of buttons.
- You can see how many notifications you get, plus how much time you spend in apps and how often you check your phone.
- Android Pie has a new system navigation interface in order to make multi-tasking easier to understand, with a single clean home button.
- The volume slider has moved again, and this time it’s off to the right side near the volume rocker. That makes sense, but it does more than just get a new home.