Google officially names Android 9 as Android Pie

Judy Cobb
August 7, 2018

It launched a whole bunch of hardware - including the most recent Pixel phones - on that date in 2017, and new evidence suggests the tech giant is planning to do it all again this year.

These features, however, are available in beta form for Pixel owners and will be available in production form in time for the wide release of Android 9 Pie.

While the Android 9 Oreo operating system is available right now for Pixel owners, some specific features won't actually "ship" until the fall. Those handsets are; Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google will probably confirm the release date no sooner than September, quite probably in mid-September once IFA 2018 in Berlin comes to an end. The source can not verify that Google shared the aforementioned date, in other words, created the ad in question, but it's highly likely that the two phones will drop on October 4.

Android 9 introduces digital wellbeing features, better notifications and promises to extend battery life for devices.

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Android Central spoke with EK Chung, the UX manager for Android handheld and Pixel at Google.

Devices that were enrolled in the Android Beta program will also be getting the Pie update "by the end of this fall". It does come with support for a few gestures that are similar to what we have seen in the iPhone X. But despite keeping the same material design - now whiter and flatter - it is definitely a bigger release than the Android 8 was compared to the Android 7. But to get the beta version of WellBeing a user must have the Android 9 Pie. 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. Now easy as pie Making your phone smarter and more adaptive is important, but we also want Android to be easier to use and more approachable.

Set the brightness to how you like it, depending on your setting. The phone will also attempt to predict what apps you like to run by displaying short-cuts to them during certain pairs of the day.

"And when you put in headphones after work, you may see options to call your mom or start your favorite Spotify playlist".

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