In this guide we’ll show you everything that’s new in Android Pie, Google’s 9th major update for phones and tablets. We’ll show you what to expect and what changed, then compare the software features to Android 8.0 Oreo. Android is over 10 years old, and it’s the most powerful software available today.
You’ll find tons of visual changes in Android Pie, and many of them are noticeable right away. Multiple areas look fresh and new. That said, most of the changes are behind the scenes tweaks, improvements, or optimizations. Some noteworthy additions include smarter bundled notifications, simpler settings, 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 which most people have today. We know some people just received Oreo, but you’ll want to be ready for Pie when it arrives.
Android 9 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, only a few phones will see Pie before the end of 2018. Devices from popular manufacturers like Samsung just started beta testing, and won’t get it until early 2019. Either way, expect a lot of updates in the future.
Any phone released with Android 8.0 Oreo should get a quick update to Android Pie. Faster than any prior software, as Google made big changes to allow for faster updates. That’s an important aspect we’ll keep an eye on throughout 2019.
What’s New in Android 9 Pie
Before we begin it’s important to know that our big slideshow below has features from the Android P beta program, and the official update. Like the new Digital Wellbeing controls, which arrived in September. Just know that while this is the official release of Android 9.0, things can and will change. Whether that’s Android 9.0.1 from Google or Android Pie updates from manufacturers themselves.
Google added support for the notch. Mainly because after the iPhone X dozens of Android manufacturers took that route while delivering bigger edge-to-edge screens. Even Google’s new Pixel 3 XL has a notch in the screen. 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, 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. 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 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. What do you think about the name Pie? Let us know in the comment section.
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