Android 9.0 is now officially named and Android Pie, no Popsicle, Pudding, Pancake or Pumpkin Pie. The version is a significant update over the 8.1 Oreo and is available to Google Pixel phones to update.
Version Pie comes with iPhone X like gestures to attract the iPhone X consumers to the Pixels, but still users can choose the default navigation system. It also has native support for notched displays so apps won’t chop off the content. The Android Pie comes with new ‘Adaptive Battery’ which uses Machine Learning to improve battery life and performance. Now the apps in the background will no longer have access to the camera, microphone, or other sensors and features.
Not all Android Pie features have been updated in this release . The update lacks features like Slices, which offers functionality that would require opening the app has not been updated . Pixel owners, can sign up for this beta program to test these features.
Devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall! We are also working with a number of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year.
Smartphones that have Project Treble will get the Android 9 Pie update? faster than Oreo users.