BITE THE FRESH ANDROID PIE
ANNOUNCED DURING Google I/O earlier this year, the final version of the newest Android update, will be available over-the-air for Pixel devices. Google unveiled the official name for the latest update as Android 9 Pie. Devices that participated in the Beta programme as well as all qualifying Android One devices will receive this update by the end of the year.
Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play, says, “Android 9 aims to make your phone even smarter by learn- ing from you and adapting to your usage patterns.”
Gesture Navigation: Navigation buttons have made way for swipes in the Android P update. A pillshaped icon at the bottom is the home button. Long press the home icon to launch Google Assistant; swipe up from the bottom to load the app switcher and swipe up twice to launch the app drawer.
Volume Shortcut: Pressing the volume button displays a shortcut to switch the phone to silent or vibrate mode. Pressing the volume up and power key together enables vibration for incoming calls and notifications. Better Battery: With Android P, Google is rolling out two features to enhance battery life on Android phones. The adaptive brightness feature that has been around for a while will now learn about how and when a user adjusts the brightness and automatically do the same.
Smarter Notifications: If you regularly dismiss a particular notification, Android P will present you with the option to turn it off.
Action and Slices: Android P can predict what the user is going to do next. For instance, when you plug in your headphones, the phone will resume playing the song that you last heard. Slices, on the other hand, will show a slightly larger interactive snippet when you search for content and apps using Google search.
Digital Well-being: The Dashboard option will show the number of hours spent on the phone, on a certain app, the number of times the phone was unlocked and the number of notifications received. Users can restrict their usage of a particular app using the timer.
A ‘Shush’ feature enables do-not-disturb mode if the phone screen touches the table.