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Android 9 Pie Is Now Official, Google Pixel Update Starts Today

Android 9 Pie Is Now Official, Google Pixel Update Starts Today

From there, you head over to the Digital Wellbeing Beta Preview enrollment page, and sign up. A new Do Not Disturb is included, too, along with a Wind Down feature that'll turn on Night Light and Do Not Disturb and also fade your phone's screen to grayscale to help you get to sleep.

Google has also baked several AI features into Android Pie.

An app timer is kind of like parental controls, but for yourself, because you can't stop using your smartphone? For example, you can type "Lyft" into Google Search and you'll see fare prices for places like Home and Work as well as an ETA for the nearest auto to your location.

While Essential has already announced the availability of Android Pie update today, we still have to wait for other OEMs to announce the Android Pie availability. Similarly, apps in split-screen won't be counted either, and nor will using them that way count toward app timers.

Google's AI has been gaining traction in their releases for some time, but in Android Pie it will be more prevalent with App Actions taking the focus offering you contextually aware actions based on what you're doing at the time.

"And it comes with a heaping helping of artificial intelligence baked in to make your phone smarter, simpler and more tailored to you". If those tools don't sound terribly exciting to you, Android 9 has plenty of other tricks up its sleeve.

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This fall, Google will also roll out a feature called Slices, which will show relevant info from your apps when you want it. As of late July, just over 10 percent of all Android devices were running Android Oreo.

Honestly, I was hoping that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will side with India and name the next version of its mobile operating system as Android 9 Peda or Android 9 Payasam.

Soon after, you'll get an email with an invite to begin testing digital wellness.

Within 24 hours of joining the beta, you'll see digital wellness appear in your Android settings menu.

"Android 9 Pie" is now finished and will start rolling out to Google's Pixel phones. In addition to continuously hardening the platform, and an improved security model for biometrics, Android 9 enables industry-leading hardware security capabilities to allow protecting sensitive data like credit card information using a secure, dedicated chip. The rollout will also include devices from Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential that qualified for the Android 9 beta program. More details at the link below!


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