If you are an occasional technology lover, it would feel like Android 8 Oreo was released yesterday. But if you are a technology enthusiast, you must have been waiting for Android 9 eagerly. Well, as the latest version of Android was rolled out for Google Pixel devices just recently, it is safe to say that those who were waiting for it won’t be disappointed. Maintaining the legacy of naming each subsequent android version after a dessert, this latest version has been named Android 9 Pie. Perhaps the naming reflects the sweetness in our lives that comes from using the new features that each update brings along.
As expected, android 9 pie features as a mix of new additions and incremental changes to existing features. As advocated since the previous update with android oreo, the focus of Google has shifted to ensuring digital well being of its users. The aim is to create an OS which augments the user experience by simplifying the operations, preferably through intelligence integration. Check out these 10 cool Android 9 pie features that are creating a buzz in the market-
Android 9 pie new features
Navigate the new way
One of the first Android 9 pie features that will capture your attention is the new way to navigate. Flowing from an iOS interface, Android will now have a single home button to navigate through all major operations. Different actions will take place from the same home button with different taps. For instance, a single tap on the home button will shut all the apps and present the home screen. A long tap will open the Google assistant. A swipe up will open the recently used apps which have also donned a new face. This new way to navigate will take a little time to get used to as android users are used to multiple navigation buttons. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it, it will be very useful to have all functions from a single tap.
Recently used apps
As mentioned above, the way to view recently used apps is changing. With this change, the display and the landscape of the way recent apps appear are also transforming. Until now the apps appeared in a listicle form one over the other. Android 9 pie will have a different display where recent apps can be browsed side by side. The up side to this new way to view recent apps is that more details appear. You can easily know where you left the app and tap on it to continue your engagement. Additionally, if you wish to close the app completely you can swipe it up and shut it.
Another attractive feature that comes if you update your android is notifications in a new way. Notifications that appear on your lock screen will have more comprehensive information. Additionally, the notifications will now appear in a simpler manner aimed at augmenting the user experience. Another upgrade to the notifications is the integration of intelligence. The new Android feature will automatically judge what notifications you generally dismiss. If you update android, its intelligence will, therefore, recommend you to stop notification alerts for the notifications you dismiss.
One of the Android 9 pie features that have received a mixed response is its battery optimization properties. The new Android feature will optimize battery in more than one form. Firstly, it will adapt the brightness to the ambient conditions based on the lighting. Obviously, users can modify the brightness using the slider. Nevertheless, android p will make a conscious effort to adapt the brightness settings, reducing it before you sleep at night. Another battery optimization effort has been the display of battery level, weather conditions and temperature, all on the lock screen. The display of all important properties through the lock screen will reduce the frequency of the times a person has to unlock their phone. Thus, optimizing the battery use to a large extent.
With a focus on intelligence integration, android 9 pie features are going big. This new feature of app actions is an attempt to understand the daily routine of the users and assist them to use their mobiles in a smart way. Throughout the day android p will monitor your app usage. Based on your daily activity, it will curate a list of apps with specific actions that you are most likely to use. For instance, in the morning, it might display the music app with your favourite mashup that you listen to every day with your morning workout session. Suggestions will keep changing throughout the day based on your routine.
Do not disturb
The new android 9 pie features also bring to the stage a new DND functionality. This new do not disturb feature is an upgrade to the previous versions as it stops all calling and other functions. Users can most definitely customize the feature to suit their needs. But this all inclusive DND feature will save time. The new DND will be most beneficial to maintain complete silence during important meetings
The new Auto Rotate
Auto rotate will also don a new face with the new android update. In the earlier versions, if you had your phone in the portrait mode to avoid automatic rotation, you had to make an effort to switch to landscape by changing the settings. Android 9 will have an auto rotate button in the navigation panel which will appear when you land on a page that is calibrated better for the landscape mode. Therefore, you can easily switch to auto rotation after landing on the page.
The dashboard that is an exclusive property of android 9 pie is a step towards ensuring the digital wellbeing. The dashboard will have a consolidated display of usage of all the apps exhibiting the time spent on each app. This feature can go a long way in assisting users to regulate their on screen time by identifying the time spent browsing without purpose.
This one is for all the connection freaks. Android 9 pie features will allow the device to connect to a total of 5 Bluetooth devices, an upgrade to the previous limit of 2. What is more is that android p will also remember the volume control set for all Bluetooth devices to reduce users work of setting the volume every time.
One of the coolest android 9 pie features has to be slices. This will allow different apps to come in as slices during Google searches, based on the search content. For instance, you search for a typical cuisine; food apps like zomato will appear as slices to help you place an order without opening the app. Slices can be seen as another way to ensure the digital well being and making app operations easier.
At present, Android 9 Pie is available for Google Pixel phones, rolled out on August 6, 2018, and Essential PH- 1 that received the update soon after pixel. The next round of rolling out is most likely to be in the coming months of 2018. While there is no confirmed new if all devices will be compatible with this update, those which will be will see the update in between 2018-2019. If you are eagerly waiting to update your Android, the wait will end soon. So brace yourself.