Google is finally back with its ninth version of android by naming it as Pie. If you are a Pixel user, you can get the update right now as it was rolled out by Google for the Pixel devices.
Back in March, the company released the first preview of Android 9 for developers. It had support for multiple cameras and notches for better functioning of apps. Also, there were some improvements in notifications, design and AI-powered adaptive brightness.
After the official rollout, bunch of features are seen that were present in the subsequent previews. Google is not only changing the way Android is navigated, but its also changing the UI. These improvements are focused on making our phones less stressful with notifications and app overloading.
App Time Limits
- This feature is the biggest deal for money in Android Pie. Google will present you how much time you spend with every app installed in your phone. Most importantly, it will allow you to set App Time Limits to control your specific app usage.
- You can set the time limit to a specific amount of time everyday. When you hit this limit, the app icon will turn gray and won’t let you open the app. If you really want to get back in the app, you will need to go back into settings and change your time limit.
Fewer Notification Mess
- Notifications are really important in a smartphone. But, sometimes notifications become mess. Google is trying to solve this issue with Android Pie. If you keep swiping away an app’s notifications, it will suggest you to mute that app’s notifications.
- Also, there’s a Do Not Disturb Mode. You can set it in a way that notifications doesn’t appear on-screen at all. Not even on the lock screen or notification drawer. So, enjoy your weekends or vacations being away from the notification mess.
- Since six years, Google is making considerable changes to how you navigate Android. Since 2011, you get those three on-screen buttons: Back, Home and Multitasking.
- In Android Pie, Google has made few changes to change the gesture-based navigation. You will only see a home button at first. For multitasking, you’ll need to swipe up…or, swipe right to multitask. The back button will appear only when an app can actually use it.
- This new control scheme is very complicated for less smartphone-savvy users. But, don’t worry! The new control scheme is turned off by default. If you want to use it, you will have to turn it on yourself by going into the settings.
- In Android Pie, you will be able to markup edit screenshots after taking them. So, you won’t need to open another app to edit and markup screenshots. Also, there will be an option in the power menu to take a screenshot which is very handy as compared to multibutton option.
Better App Search Result
- In Android Pie, built-in search is getting lot better. Search results will now not only display icons of installed apps, but also display things you can do inside app too. The app drawer will automatically suggest things for you to do.
- Quick settings menu on the front of interactions will support for navigating across the OS using multiple gestures.
If you aren’t from the Pixel users, you will have to wait until the update is rolled out for your device. Pixel and Pixel 2 users can start the beta testing right now for some popular features. For being a part of beta testing, you will have to update your phone to Android Pie and sign up for it.