Android 9 has been launched by Google and it’s been named Pie, isn’t it a cute name?. Android 9 Pie launched with Powerful AI features like Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness and More which it a clear-cut advanced OS and the future of Android.
The Android 9 Pie is purely based on Artificial Intelligence ( AI ). Nowadays every smartphone comes with AI enabled features and Android 9 Pie will definitely make your smartphone more smarter and simpler.
According to Google, Android 9 Pie learns everything what we do in our smartphone and it even predicts the next task for making life easier. The Android updates always brings some great features within and the most unique of them in Android 9 Pie is it’s Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness. It has been designed to give the optimum performance for 18:9 display smartphones and as per Google, it gives the smartphones more useful yet powerful features.
We will here discuss about the features of Android 9 Pie, at first we will focus on the main highlighted features and then we will come know all the features, so let’s have a look on them.
Highlighted Features of Android 9 Pie
- Adaptive Battery
- Adaptive Brightness
- Intuitive Navigation
- App Actions
- App Timers
- Wind Down and Do Not Disturb
Android 9 Pie uses the Artificial Intelligence to learn how you uses your smartphone’s Apps and within hours it predicts which apps you are gonna use and which you don’t. It helps the smartphone to use battery power only on the apps which you are gonna use.
It uses the machine learning to automatically adjusts the brightness of your smartphones.
Android 9 uses gestures to navigate from one app to other app. While it eliminates the use of buttons, it also saves time.
It is also based on machine learning where it learns what you are doing on your smartphone and then it predicts what you’re about to do. It makes the work easy and quickly and we found it very great.
Slices brings out the best of your favourite apps. It shows the important information of your favourite apps on the screen when you are searching about the apps. For examples – When you search about the OLA, it shows the information regarding prices and driver.
It helps you to set time limits on the usage of particular apps. When the time reaches it’s limit, the colors of the apps turns grey which reminds us of the time limits.
Wind Down and Do Not Disturb
It’s a perfect feature when you want to disconnect from the world. You can set a schedule for do not disturb mode. While the Do not disturb modes activates screen fades to grayscale and it silences the notifications.
All the Features of Android 9 Pie
Accessibility Menu: With Android 9’s new accessibility menu, common actions like taking screenshots and navigating with one hand are now easier for motor impaired users.
Select to Speak – OCR in Camera View: With Select to Speak, you can select text on the screen and the content will be read aloud. Now, Android 9 has added added OCR support for S2S in Camera and Pictures to make text even more accessible. Simply select text when using the camera or in picture, and the text will be highlighted and read aloud.
Sound amplifier: This new Accessibility Service makes it easier to understand conversations by dynamically adjusting over 100 settings to boost the audio in scenarios such as a loud restaurant, bar, or concert.
Battery & Brightness
Battery Saver: Battery Saver keeps your charge going longer than ever by turning off features like the Always-On display. Plus, you have more control over when it comes on – so you can go further on one charge.
Adaptive Battery: This feature uses machine learning to predict which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you likely won’t, so your phone only spends battery power on the apps you care about.
Adaptive Brightness: With Adaptive Brightness, your phone learns how you set your screen’s brightness in different lighting environments and automatically does it for you over time.
Background restrictions: Now, you’ll see recommendations in Settings to restrict certain apps that use too much battery, so you can have more control over your battery.
Multi-camera support: With Android 9, developers can now create immersive experiences using streams from two or more physical cameras, such as on devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras. Examples include depth, bokeh, stereo vision, and more.
External camera support: Android 9 now supports external USB / UVC cameras on certain devices.
Wind Down: Set a daily schedule to get your phone ready for bed. Grayscale fades your screen to gray while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep.
App timers: App timers let you set daily time limits for your apps. When you reach the limit, the app is paused for the rest of the day.
Display cutout: Support for devices with cutouts to make use of available screen space.
Edge-to-edge screens: Support for devices with 18:9 and taller aspect ratios, and devices with display cutouts.
Multiple users on dedicated devices: Android 9 makes it easy for users to share a single device, good for shift workers or public kiosks.
Work tab in launcher: Now, you can visually separate your work apps. Tap on the work tab to see work apps all in one place, and turn them off with a simple toggle when you get off work.
Postpone Over-the-air (OTA) updates: Android 9 now provides the ability for Enterprise IT admins to define freeze periods up to 90 days during which time devices in their fleet will not update the Android OS. This ensures their devices states remain unchanged during critical time like holidays.
Volume memory per Bluetooth device: Android 9 will now remember the last volume you set for each of your Bluetooth devices. No more blasting music too loudly when you reconnect to your car or headphones.
HDR: Android 9 adds built-in support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) VP9 Profile 2, so you can watch HDR-enabled movies on YouTube and Google Play Movies. HDR improves the brightness and color range of video to improve the picture quality and experience.
HD Audio: Improved performance and support for HD audio delivering clearer, sharper, and richer quality sound.
HEIF: Android 9 now supports HEIF photos on the Android platform to improve compression of pictures and reduce the amount of storage needed.
Manage Notifications: You now have a quick way to turn off notifications from a range of apps, so you only receive those that are helpful to you. You’ll also get a smart prompt if you’re swiping away certain notifications whether you want to keep receiving them.
Privacy & Security
Android Backups: Android 9 enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.
Android Protected Confirmation: On compatible hardware, apps can now use UI controlled by the secure hardware to get your confirmation for a sensitive transaction, such as making a payment.
StrongBox: On compatible hardware, apps can now take advantage of tamper-resistant hardware to protect their private keys, making it harder than ever for malware to steal their credentials.
Privacy enhancements: Android 9 safeguards privacy in a number of new ways. Now, Android will restrict access to your phone’s microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background. (If an app does need to access a sensor, it will show a persistent notification on your phone.) Android 9 also brings important improvements that protect all web communications and offer private web surfing.
System Usability Enhancements
Redesigned Quick Settings: A more consistent user experience for Quick Settings with all toggles, plus an updated visual design and added informational subtext.
Volume controls: Simpler, more accessible volume controls let you control media volume instantly, as well as quickly toggle call and notification volume settings.
Screenshots: Now, you can take screenshots easily from the power menu and draw, annotate, or crop them quickly.
Rotation: Get more control over your phone’s display rotation with a simple button that confirms when you’d like to change the rotation on your device – even when your orientation is locked.
New system navigation: Re-design of Android’s system navigation to help make it simpler to search and move between apps. Swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of recently used apps, swipe left and right to easily navigate between them, and tap on one to jump in.
App Actions: App Actions predicts what you’ll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone, saving you time.
Slices: Interactive snippets of your favorite apps can be surfaced in different places, like Google Search.
Overview Selection: Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you’ve selected (for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image).
Digital Wellbeing will be only available for Google’s Pixel series and it will launch this year. Android One and other device might also get the Digital Wellbeing later this year. According to Google Forum, this feature is available in Beta Now for Pixel smartphones running on Andoid 9 Pie.
Steps to try Digital Wellbeing on Pixel Smartphone with Andoid 9 OS
- At first make sure you are running Android 9 Pie on your Pixel Device.(Learn how to check which version of Android you have.)
- Sign up for beta with the E-mail Address you use for Google Play Store.
- Accept the invitation to become Beta tester by clicking the link in your welcome E-mail.
Once you have accepted the invitation, Digital Wellbeing will appear in your Phone setting App. (In case it’s not appearing, it might take upto 24 hours for Digital Wellbeing to appear on your device).
Security and Privacy of Android 9 Pie
According to Google, “Android 9 enables industry-leading hardware security capabilities to allow protecting sensitive data like credit card information using a secure, dedicated chip”. The latest addition to their privacy upgrade is that Android comes with TLS by default and DNS over TLS to help and protect all the web communications by keeping them private.
Devices which will get android 9 Pie update
Pixel smartphones are already getting the Android 9 Pie via Over-the-air (OTA) update. According to Google, “the 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 year. We’re also working with a number of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year.”. The brand which Google didn’t mentioned was Samsung and it again clears that again Samsung devices will experience late OS update. Even Honor and Huawei were missing.
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