Android Pie REVEALED: Google unveils latest OS, out NOW on Pixel phones

Android Pie REVEALED: Google unveils latest OS, out NOW on Pixel phones

Google has launched the latest version of Android - Android 9.

The finished version of the Android P has arrived and Google is calling it Android 9 Pie.

The first phones to get the Android 9 Pie are going to be Google's own Pixels, aka official Android phones. For other devices, the OEMs will release the dates and availability of Android Pie soon.

In other words, while phones that shipped with Oreo or below will still have the current three-button navigation by default and the gesture nav as an option, upcoming Google phones (including the Pixel 3 line) will only ship with gesture navigation. It will also be available to select beta users with Android 9 Pie and Pixel smartphone. Devices from Nokia, Vivo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony, Essential, and Oppo, all of which participated in the beta program, will receive Android 9 Pie by the end of the fall.

The Pixel 3 lineup is expected to take a number of cues from the iPhone X, most notably an edge-to-edge display with a notch that allows more space on screen. To get to the phone's app drawer, you'll need to swipe up twice from the home button.

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Hot on the heels of Google's Android Pie announcement, Essential confirmed that it's now updating the Essential Phone to Android 9.0 Pie. Digital Wellbeing dashboard is still in beta and you can follow the steps below to get it on your Pixel device right now. This suite of features includes a timer that can shut off access to an app after you've used it for too long and a "wind down" mode that slowly shifts your screen to monochrome when it's time for bed.

The program isn't now ready for wide release, but users can sign up to take part in a Digital Wellbeing beta to help Google test the feature before it officially launches this fall by signing up here.

Another new feature is Adaptive Brightness, which learns "how you like to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for you".

Another AI feature, called App Actions, learns what common tasks you complete at a specific time, place, or when an accessory is connected to the device.

"Say it's Tuesday morning and you're preparing for your commute: you'll be suggested actions like navigating to work on Google Maps or resuming an audiobook with Google Play Books", the company said.