BITE THE FRESH AN­DROID PIE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - FIRST TAKE -

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.

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