Android 9 Pie: What’s New in Pie?

By | September 23, 2018

Android 1.0 was released on this day ten years ago and it is getting smarter and better with its every release. Being the widest used Operating System (42 % across platforms) in the world Google is coming up with its newer version of the Android .i.e. Pie. The 9.0 version of the Android concentrates on adaptivity, speed, security and is backed by AI.

A few weeks ago, the final version of the OS was released and currently available on Google Pixel phones, OnePlus6, and the Essential Phone. Following are the updates that we are going to receive on Android devices with 9.0.

Android 9 Pie Operating System

Smart Improvements:

1) Adaptive Battery and Brightness:

  • It’s an improvement of Doze mode released in Android marshmallow (6.0)
  • It’s going to use Machine Learning to overcome the problem of battery draining.
  • It will predict the apps going to use in the next few hours and limit the battery power to the apps not going to be used according to our app usage behavior.
  • Adaptive Brightness will learn brightness level preferences for most used apps in different environments and will automatically adjust it after a certain time.

2) App Actions:

  • It analyzes app usage pattern that user does at specific times during a day. After that applying Machine Learning on that, it suggests particular actions at times when the user initiates some action. For example, when you plug in earphones, it suggests to listen to music or call some specific number at a particular time.

3) App Slices:

  • Right from the Google search, we can access remote content (or a specific feature) from an app without opening it

4) Indoor Positioning

  • In Android 9.0 Apps will be able to build using IEEE 802.11 MC that is Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT).
  • A user accessing those apps having such hardware support, location permission and location enabled will be able to navigate within buildings with turn-by-turn direction.

Simple and Effective Improvements:

1) Navigation Gestures:

  • With new navigation gestures, multitasking approach has been easier
  • New pill-shaped home button has been introduced in place of traditional three back, home and recent apps button
  • Double swipe on home opens up the app drawer
  • Single swipe opens up recent apps
  • Smart Text Selection will be possible through copy-paste between those apps.

2) Rotation Button:

  • We prefer to use different apps in a different orientation as per the requirement they work mode movie emails or play. For that, we may need to switch on/off auto rotate button multiple times.
  • Android 9 Pie comes with a rotation button that appears whenever we change the orientation of the device from portrait to landscape or landscape to portrait. By tapping on it we can lock the orientation of the device with an ease.

Digital Well-Being:

1) Dashboard

  • Looking at the self-care for smartphone users Android Pie will be having a Dashboard which will showcase how many times your phone has been unlocked, number of notifications you received, number of hours you spent on apps.

2) App Timers

  • It limits the time seeking apps usage. After that limit App icons turn to appear Gray.

3) Wind down mode

  • once set the bedtime and after that during that particular time phone display will turn to grayscale.
  • It draws down user interest interacting with apps, so user takes a proper rest.

4) Do Not Disturb

  • DND mode silences the notifications, vibrations and a visual pop up interruptions too.
  • Putting a device facing down on table enables DND mode

Security Enhancements:

1) Lockdown Mode

  • In case of an emergency or threatening situations, if you are forced to use biometric methods without your permission then lockdown mode can be useful.
  • It disables fingerprint unlocking the smart lock and all the notifications from the lock screen.
  • Pin number, password or pattern will be required to unlock it then.

2) Wi-Fi MAC Randomization

  • Whenever a device gets connected to a new Wi-Fi network, a new MAC address gets assigned to a device randomly.

3) Sensors restrictions for idle apps

  • Apps that are idle will be restricted to use device’s mic, camera, and all other sensors.

Other Munching Updates:

  1. Get notification information for the apps those send you recently
  2. Text Magnifier while selecting text to confirm what is being selected
  3. Notch support
  4. Improved message app to view images in messages and smart replies
  5. Android Runtime(ART) improvements to enhance performance for better user experience
  6. Vertical Media Panel to control multiple connected device volume
  7. New Screenshot Shortcut on a single tap in Power menu.
Android 9 pie screen capture technique

Power button features a screenshot shortcut

Now, looking at the Android versions history. The Android versions are named alphabetically from the third version onwards and it is always named after deserts.

  1. Android (1.0) – Alpha
  2. Android (1.1) – Petit Four
  3. Cupcake (1.5)
  4. Donut (1.6)
  5. Eclair (2.0)
  6. Froyo (2.2)
  7. Gingerbread (2.3)
  8. Honeycomb (3.0)
  9. Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0)
  10. Jelly Bean (4.1)
  11. KitKat (4.4)
  12. Lollipop (5.0)
  13. Marshmallow (6.0)
  14. Nougat (7.0)
  15. Oreo (8.0)
  16. Pie (9.0)

Comment below to vote for the possible dessert name for next version of Android Q.

  • Quince
  • Quarabiya
  • Quesadilla
  • Quindim
  • Quiche
  • Quinoa

I liked Quinoa, Quince, and Quiche. Let me know yours. If you like some new one, do let me know. Meanwhile, share in a comment that which taste (features :P) did you like the most from the latest version of Android Pie.

This is my first attempt to write on Operating Systems. I would love to hear your honest reviews and feedbacks in comments below for further improvements.

Author: Dhruva Shastri

My interests as an inquisitive #WomenInTech is to learn something new every day. I am a developer by heart, so I continually look out for areas that interest me to work on. Apart from that, being a community lover, playing a role as an organizer and WTM Lead at GDG/WTM Ahmedabad, enthusiast about emboldening women in every sphere of their life and I enjoy people’s synergy.

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