This detailed walkthrough will go over everything that’s new in Android 9.0 Pie, Google’s latest software for phones and tablets. We’ll show you what’s new, what changed, then compare those changes to Android 8.0 Oreo for owners. With the Android P Developer Preview over and 9.0 Pie official, this is everything you need to know as you wait for it to arrive.
You’ll find tons of visual changes in Android Pie, and many of them are noticeable right away. Android P looks a lot different in multiple areas. At the same time, there are dozens of behind the scenes tweaks that will make a big difference day in and day out. Some noteworthy additions include smarter bundled notifications, simpler settings, themes, new quick settings, gesture navigation, and a revamped style in key areas.
You can get Android Pie now on a Pixel or Pixel 2. Once you do, you’ll enjoy Google’s software that’s smarter, faster, easier to use and more powerful. An experience that’s better than the Android 8.0 Oreo software most people have today. And while you’re probably still getting used to Oreo, you’ll want to know what to expect from Android Pie.
Android 9.0 Pie is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and other supported devices. Google surprised everyone and released in on August 6th, but most Android users won’t get it right away. In fact, devices from popular manufacturers like Samsung might not get it until 2019.
It’s worth mentioning that any phone released with Android 8.0 Oreo should get a fast update to Android Pie. Faster than any prior software, as Google made big changes to allow for faster updates in the future. That’s an important aspect we’ll keep an eye on throughout the year and into 2019.
What’s New in Android 9 Pie
Before we begin it’s important to know that our slideshow has features from the Android P beta program, and the official update. That said, some features are still missing. So while we showcase most of what Pie has to offer, we’re waiting for a few more features. Even the official Android 9.0 Pie update in August doesn’t have Google’s “digital wellbeing” controls. That’s only available in a beta program. So while we’re on the official release of Android 9.0, things can and will change in the coming weeks and months. Whether that’s Android 9.0.1 from Google or Android Pie updates from manufacturers themselves.
We learned a lot about Android 9.0 Pie at Google I/O in May and then saw more changes throughout the summer during the beta. This is Android 9.0 Pie.
A bit chance is that we’re seeing support for a “notch” in the display like the iPhone X. This is because a lot of new Android phones have one, and it looks like Google’s Pixel 3 will too. Google also added a new multi-camera API for all the dual-rear camera smartphones. You’ll also notice auto-fill improvements, better fingerprint scanner support, screen-on-time management tools, smarter notifications, user interface tweaks, a revamped settings menu with colorful notifications, and other changes.
A big feature in Android P is “background app privacy”. This essentially cuts off access to the camera and microphone from apps running in the background. It’s one more way to ensure a users privacy, which is a growing concern these days. We received new power efficiency tweaks, a vertical on-screen volume toolbar, and a quick screenshot button when you tap volume up or down.
The redesigned quick settings icons, notifications, settings menu, gesture controls and always-on display are what you’ll notice first. You’ll even see a battery percentage meter on the bottom of your screen, even when it’s turned off. There are a lot of small but helpful visual tweaks, and even more under the hood.
Android 9.0 Pie vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough
In this popular series, we take screenshots of the last two versions of Android and compare them side-by-side for owners or those waiting for the upgrade. That way you know exactly what to look for and expect. Click through the slideshow below to learn and see all about Google’s latest software.
Android Pie screenshots are on the left, or alone, while Android 8.0 Oreo is on the right. Click any image below to jump to that slide. What do you think about the name Pie? Let us know in the comment section.