Android 9 Pie
Summary
Android 9 Pie brings a fresh experience to android.
95 %
Very Good

Android “P” was officially released on August 6, 2018 as “Android 9 Pie”, taking the mantel from Android 8 Oreo as the latest android OS. The beauty with Android 9 is that it adapts to you and how you use your phone, learning your preferences as you go. Your experience gets better and better over time, and it keeps things running smoother, longer.

Android 9 is a massive AI based software update that brings machine capabilities to your phone. Android 9 Pie has a lot of new features like a simpler interface and gestures, action recommendations, adaptive battery and several digital wellness features.

Here are some of the Best Android 9 Pie features.

Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness

Adaptive Battery: the OS learns how you like to use your phone based on your usage, predicts the application that you’d use the most, by doing so the apps and services you don’t use as much their battery consumption is limited to prevent battery drain.

Adaptive Brightness: the OS learns and tries to understand your behavior when it comes to adjusting different level of brightness that you set during different environments, times, places and with time it automatically does that for you.

App Actions and App slices.

App Actions predicts what you’re about to do, so you get to your next task more quickly. If you do something like connect your headphones android might automatically suggest resuming the last song that you were playing or if your used to calling a certain contact at a specific time or calling the office android might even alert you to complete that particular activity.

App slices comes in handy when you search for an app in google that you have been constantly using. Based on what your looking for you will be offed relevant parts of your favorite app without having to open it. This feature will be more relevant once developers start implementing it in their apps.

Gesture Navigations

The most noticeable change in Android Pie is the Intuitive navigation system that looks almost the same apples iOS 11/12 navigation system. You will have the option to choose between the regular three-button UI or hardware keys or the gesture-based UI from the settings.

These are the Android Pie gesture controls:

  • Tap for home
  • Long press for Google Assistant
  • Swipe right and release for most recent app
  • Swipe right and hold to scroll through recent apps
  • Swipe up to show recent apps menu and suggested apps
  • Swipe further up to open app drawer (or swipe up again from app overview)

Digital well-being

This is by far the most interesting features since Google is trying to help you to overcome your phone addiction (such irony). Digital well-being is designed to help an android user use their smartphones less and spend time interacting family and friends.

Digital well-being comes packed with features like:

Do Not Disturb: is improved to not only silence just notification sounds, but also all the visual interruptions.Calls from starred contacts will still come through, so you don’t have to worry about missing something urgent.

App dashboard: lets Get a daily view of the time spent on your phone, how frequently you use different apps, and how many notifications you get.

Wind Down: lets you set a daily schedule to get your phone ready for bed. Grayscale fades your screen to gray while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep.

App timers: lets you set daily time limits for your apps. When you reach the limit, the app is paused for the rest of the day.

Privacy & Security

Android 9 safeguards privacy in a number of new ways. Now, Android will restrict access to your phone’s microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background. (If an app does need to access a sensor, it will show a persistent notification on your phone.) Android 9 also brings important improvements that protect all web communications and offer private web surfing.

Android Backups: Android 9 enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.

Android biometric prompt: Android 9 introduces a number of new security features, including a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.

Android Protected Confirmation: On compatible hardware, apps can now use UI controlled by the secure hardware to get your confirmation for a sensitive transaction, such as making a payment.

StrongBox: On compatible hardware, apps can now take advantage of tamper-resistant hardware to protect their private keys, making it harder than ever for malware to steal their credentials.

Other Android 9 features

Accessibility

Accessibility Menu: With Android 9’s new accessibility menu, common actions like taking screenshots and navigating with one hand are now easier for motor impaired users.

Select to Speak – OCR in Camera View: With Select to Speak, you can select text on the screen and the content will be read aloud. Now, Android 9 has added added OCR support for S2S in Camera and Pictures to make text even more accessible. Simply select text when using the camera or in picture, and the text will be highlighted and read aloud.

Sound amplifier: This new Accessibility Service makes it easier to understand conversations by dynamically adjusting over 100 settings to boost the audio in scenarios such as a loud restaurant, bar, or concert.

System Usability Enhancements

At-a-Glance on Always-on-Display: See things like calendar events and weather on your Lock Screen and Always-on Display.

Redesigned Quick Settings: A more consistent user experience for Quick Settings with all toggles, plus an updated visual design and added informational subtext.

Volume controls: Simpler, more accessible volume controls let you control media volume instantly, as well as quickly toggle call and notification volume settings.

Screenshots: Now, you can take screenshots easily from the power menu and draw, annotate, or crop them quickly.

Rotation: Get more control over your phone’s display rotation with a simple button that confirms when you’d like to change the rotation on your device – even when your orientation is locked.

New system navigation: Re-design of Android’s system navigation to help make it simpler to search and move between apps. Swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of recently used apps, swipe left and right to easily navigate between them, and tap on one to jump in.

App Actions: App Actions predicts what you’ll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone, saving you time.

Slices: Interactive snippets of your favorite apps can be surfaced in different places, like Google Search.

Overview Selection: Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you’ve selected (for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image).

Notification enhancements for messaging: Now, messaging apps can provide suggested ‘smart replies’ in the notification, so you can respond in a tap. Plus, any inline reply drafts won’t disappear if you navigate away, and you’ll be able to see images sent from your friends right in the notification.

Manage Notifications: You now have a quick way to turn off notifications from a range of apps, so you only receive those that are helpful to you. You’ll also get a smart prompt if you’re swiping away certain notifications whether you want to keep receiving them.

Multiple Bluetooth connections: With Android 9, you can connect up to five Bluetooth devices and switch between these devices seamlessly. Incoming phone calls will be sent to all connected Bluetooth devices that can accept, so you’ll never miss a call.

Sound delay reporting: Android 9 offers support for headsets with sound delay reporting, so video on your device and audio on your headphones can always stay in sync.

Volume memory per Bluetooth device: Android 9 will now remember the last volume you set for each of your Bluetooth devices. No more blasting music too loudly when you reconnect to your car or headphones.

HDR: Android 9 adds built-in support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) VP9 Profile 2, so you can watch HDR-enabled movies on YouTube and Google Play Movies. HDR improves the brightness and color range of video to improve the picture quality and experience.

HD Audio: Improved performance and support for HD audio delivering clearer, sharper, and richer quality sound.

HEIF: Android 9 now supports HEIF photos on the Android platform to improve compression of pictures and reduce the amount of storage needed.

Multi-camera support: With Android 9, developers can now create immersive experiences using streams from two or more physical cameras, such as on devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras. Examples include depth, bokeh, stereo vision, and more.

External camera support: Android 9 now supports external USB / UVC cameras on certain devices.

Wrap-up

Am currently using a custom Rom from for Android 9 on my OnePlus One and some of the missing features include App Actions and App slices. (I have been using android pie for 2 weeks before this review)

Android 9 Pie is a massive update and a must have for any android fan. Google has made sure android is more user friendly, more secure, more clean and simple to use.

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