Android 9.0 Pie officially launched by Google

Android 9.0 Pie officially launched by Google

Google is dropping a major surprise on us today and releasing the final consumer-ready version of Android P. It has a final name: the version number is "9" (not "9.0"), and we know what the "P" stands for: "Pie".

Five months after the first Android P Developer Preview was released, Google has officially unleashed Android 9.0 Pie. There's a new Do Not Disturb and a feature called Wind Down that'll combine Night Light and Do Not Disturb and also fade your screen to grayscale, all to help you get to sleep at night. This feature works similarly to how iOS 11 added gestures with the iPhone X and makes using all-screen phones, easier. Google has responded to these changes with revamped navigational controls.

Android Pie, which was simply known as P, includes a whole host of new AI-powered features that are created to make your phone smarter, and simplify the experience of using it.

Switching back and forth between apps is something most of us do on our phones each day.

The new Dashboard helps you understand how you're spending time on your phone, with a daily overview, a graphic of how frequently you use different apps, how many times you unlock your phone, and how many notifications you receive.

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New system navigation: Re-design of Android's system navigation to help make it simpler to search and move between apps. Appearing at the top of your app drawer, app actions are similar to Apple's Siri suggestions, which also suggest specific shortcuts for the things you do al the time, like look up directions home or pull up your favorite playlist.

Considering that both the original Pixel and the Pixel 2 were released on this date in 2017 and 2016 respectively, you may be forgiven for thinking there wasn't a lot of detective work that went into this.

Other AI-driven features are more subtle.

Personalised settings include the new Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness modes.

Alongside the new name, Google has also announced that the new version will start shipping to all Pixel phones starting today. When you've reached your limit, the app icon will gray out to discourage you from using it.

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