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Android 9 Pie vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough: What’s New

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In this guide we’ll show you everything that’s new in Android Pie, Google’s 9th major software update for phones and tablets. Now that the update is available for more devices as 2019 continues here’s what to expect and what changed, then we compare everything to Android 8.0 Oreo.

While you’ll find and easily see tons of visual changes in Android Pie, a lot of the changes are behind the scenes tweaks, improvements or optimizations. Some noteworthy additions include smarter bundled notifications, simpler settings menus, themes, new quick settings, and even gesture navigation controls.

This software is smarter, faster, easier to use and more powerful. An experience that’s better than Android 8.0 Oreo. As 2019 continues and more people get Android Pie, here’s what to look for and enjoy.

Android 9 Pie is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and other supported devices. Google released it on August 6th, 2018, but most people didn’t get it for several months, and major phones like the Galaxy S9 received Android Pie in early 2019 over six months after its arrival.

Devices from popular manufacturers like Samsung didn’t start beta testing until months later, and most Pie updates didn’t arrive until February and March. Either way, expect more to arrive as summer nears.

What’s New in Android 9 Pie

Our big slideshow below will walk you through everything that’s new. Some of the images came from the developer preview, while others are the official Android 9 Pie update. Like the new Digital Wellbeing controls, which arrived in September. Then, keep in mind that while this is the official release of Android 9.0, things can and will change in the future. Whether that’s Android 9.0.1 from Google or Android Pie updates from manufacturers themselves.

Google added support for the notch in Android 9 Pie. Mainly because almost every phone in 2018 had one, and we’re still seeing them in 2019. Even though devices like the Galaxy S10 skipped the notch for a hole-punch camera cutout. Even Google’s latest Pixel 3 XL has a notch in the screen. Google also added a new multi-camera API for all the dual, triple, and upcoming quad camera smartphones. You’ll also notice auto-fill improvements, better fingerprint scanner support, screen-on-time tools, smarter notifications, user interface tweaks, a revamped settings menu with colorful notifications, themes, adaptive app icons, and other changes.

Background app privacy is an important feature we really like. 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. Plus, Android Q will take an even further look into privacy controls. 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 throughout this new software.

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 those that just got the update, or will get it soon. 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, and learn all about the software you’ll get next. What do you think about the name “Android Pie”? Let us know in the comment section below while we wait for Android Q.

Redesigned Quick Settings Menu

Redesigned Quick Settings Menu

There are a lot of changes to Android 9, but the one you'll probably notice first is the redesigned Quick Settings menu in the notification pulldown bar. Basically, when you swipe down from the top to quickly access WiFi, Bluetooth, or to head to the settings menu. 

As you can see above, Google completely overhauled this entire area. The clock is on the left instead of the right, and everything is rounded. It looks a bit like Samsung's interface on Galaxy phones, to be honest. 

The left is Android Pie while the right is Android 8.1 Oreo. Google rounded all of the icons, rounded notifications, and added some color to each quick setting. You'll notice later that these completely change to a different color based on your background wallpaper image. It's like built-in automatic themes. 

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Lilia

    08/07/2018 at 5:27 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on judi online ceme. Regards

  2. Marshall

    08/08/2018 at 6:07 am

    Nothing re. the app switcher change? Big step backwards IMO. Delaying upgrade until fixed.

  3. Gustavo Hylander

    10/22/2018 at 2:04 am

    oh wow am i glad ill be using a custom rom so i can disable or revert back most of the crap changes google is introducing
    there’s 1, maybe 2 actually new and useful features in android P

    • rajeev sharma

      06/03/2019 at 4:09 am

      No need to revert it back as this version is more exciting.

    • Lisa

      07/13/2019 at 2:33 pm

      Please, tell me how! The new look is UGLY. Tried downloading replacements but still won’t cover new UGLY icons!
      Btw, I’ve never found an option to avoid these updates completely. I turn my phone off at night.

  4. Gary Rogers

    01/18/2019 at 9:47 am

    Android 9 sucks. The “bonus features” you failed to mention are:
    USB3 connectivity is BROKEN.
    Call recording is BROKEN.
    The volume control defaults to media, so changing ringer volume is a multi-step process.
    You are now BLOCKED from rolling back to the previous OS version.

    Look it up online, there are thousand of posts protesting these problems and yet Google has done nothing to fix any of them!

    DON’T TAKE THE PIE UPDATE!!!! You’ll regret it!

    A very disappointed Pixel 2 owner

    • Eddy

      05/14/2019 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Gary, you just gave us a voice unfortunately, Google just don’t care. To add to the list for me is a
      -crappy key pad
      – No flash for the front camera
      – No built in FM radio app
      – No dedicated folder to access personal files like pictures, videos, documents etc. We must not get everything from a third party developer.
      – No app to hide files like we have in other versions.

    • Alex

      06/05/2019 at 8:11 am

      Never be the 1st to update, always wait 6 months or more when others have updated to hear the flaws and if any fixes are being released. My theory is if you want the latest UI, buy the newer phone that comes with it installed from factory. When updating the new UI, developers never take into consideration the wear and tear, age of the phone, never fully test it, it is always a rush job and the end consumers are the R&D feedback guinea pigs. Developers these days due to budget and time constraints do a very basic beta test and rely and the end user becomes the feedback mechanism.

      • SHIVANNA H

        07/03/2019 at 11:47 pm

        Exactly said Mr.Alex,this is was we want to learn before purchasing any latest gadgets now a days.

    • Perry A McKinley

      06/13/2019 at 11:25 am

      100% suck is right

  5. Anuj

    01/18/2019 at 10:14 pm

    How can i Install Android 9 pie on Redmi Note 5 pro??

  6. KarstV

    01/28/2019 at 3:42 pm

    I have the Huawei P20pro. I shall never update to Pie cause they took away the use of call-recording! So now I’m still the boss of my phone and not google-police. I hope they will choke in their pie!

  7. maurizio

    02/04/2019 at 8:37 am

    io con l’aggiornamento non riesco piu a pulire i cache il telefono si incanta!!!!Lasciate stare,ho un Samsung s9 plus

  8. hao2

    04/18/2019 at 6:38 pm

    Samsung didn’t start beta testing until months later

  9. Brian

    04/19/2019 at 6:02 am

    I’m done with Android, next phone will be a flip phone or iPhone. If Google want’s to make the OS like iOS, I might as well go back to Apple.

    • Alex

      06/05/2019 at 8:15 am

      Good comment. Android is meant to be the alternative to Apple. Now it’s looking like Apple. Why not merge Android and Apple and call it AppDroid. Best of both worlds????

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