11 Gorgeous Features of Android Pie: Learn All About It

11 Gorgeous Features of Android Pie: Learn All About It

Android 9 Pie is the ninth major upgrade and the 16th version of the popular operating system. Android Pie, codenamed Android P during its development was announced by Google on Mar 7 this year. In 2017, a whopping 1.32 billion Android smart phones were sold and shipped around the world.

The final beta version of Android P was released on July 25, 2018, while the OS was officially released on Aug 6, 2018. If you have been on the edge of your seats to learn more about this new and latest release of the Android OS, here we are with its latest features.

What’s New and Updated on Android Pie

The last few versions of Android only brought tiny tweaks to the OS, while Android Pie has some really great additions that will change the way users operate with the software on their phones. Smartphones have come to be an indispensable part of our lives, as they allow us to book a hotel room, order food, travel, and do everything with just a few clicks.

And, Android is already the dominating force in the smartphone software arena, with a massive popularity.

Here are the best features of the latest Android version compiled into a comprehensive list for you whether you already have Android Pie or are expecting it soon-

  1. Gesture Navigation – The three-button navigation bar at the bottom of the screen is now replaced with a gesture-aware navigation system. Tapping the Home button takes you to the home, swiping it up opens the Recents view, and swiping up on the Home button opens the app drawer. Users can swipe right and hold the Home button to slowly scroll the apps and release to open the one in the center; swipe right and release to switch to the previous app. Exciting, ain’t it? Press and hold the Home button to get things done via the Google Assistant, as always!
  1. Adaptive Battery– It is a never-ending pursuit of improving the battery life. With so many apps demanding power and attention, Android Pie’s adaptive battery feature learns about your most used apps and adjusts the rarely used apps to consume less battery. This feature goes a notch above the Doze feature that was introduced in Android 6 Marshmallow. Doze put apps that weren’t currently in use into sleep state to prevent battery draining. Similarly, the brightness settings leveled up too. The automatic brightness settings in Android Pie will learn about the brightness levels you prefer in particular apps and adjust it automatically. Train your OS to your liking.
  1. Edit Screenshots – A new screenshot tool fires up as you capture your screen, allowing you to edit, share, or delete the picture. Taking a screenshot was no way that easy before Android Pie.
  1. App Actions – Artificial Intelligence has found some use cases with Android’s latest release, we have to admit. App Actions predicts what you might want to do at any particular time during the day. For an instance, it might show you a shortcut to launch Google Maps in the morning as you leave for work, or display an app action to call your mom when you usually do it the same time every day, or suggest your latest playlist when you plug in headphones.
  1. Bluetooth Pairing – Android 9 Pie allows its users to pair with up to 5 Bluetooth devices at a time, allowing for seamless switching between them. Android O supported a maximum of two simultaneous Bluetooth pairings. If you get a phone call, the smart OS will route it to any of the paired devices that is capable to handle calls. Also, Android Pie will now never blast your ears when you first connect a Bluetooth device- something we have all been through. The OS now remembers your last volume settings for each paired device.
  1. Rotate Screen via Navigation bar– We all had to switch off the rotating feature on our Android phones to keep the OS from rotating the screen when it was not needed. Now, when an app that supports landscape is open and you turn your phone, a rotation icon pops up on the navigation bar. Tap it and the app rotates. However, this does not change the rotation setting for the complete device, just does it for the app.
  1. Lockdown Mode for Security– When you hold down the power button on an Android 9 smartphone, you see a new option called Lockdown. When tapped, your phone will exit to the lock screen, the notifications will all disappear, and you will need to enter the passcode or pattern to unlock it. This is useful in situations where you are concerned about your security and feel that someone may forcefully get into your phone through fingerprint or facial recognition authentication methods.
  1. Slices– This feature lets you jump right into some actions in apps. If you search for Lyft on your device, you will see shortcuts to hail a ride with the ETA and the estimated price.
  1. Restricted Access to Apps – Even when you have allowed an app to access your mic, camera, or any other SensorManager sensor, it won’t be able to do so unless you are actively using the app. Android 9 Pie restricts access to sensors when the app is ideally running in the background.
  1. Digital Wellbeing – This is by far the most interesting feature introduced in Android 9 Pie. It’s not a part of Android yet but is available for Beta sign up before it gets added to Android 9. The feature helps you track your daily phone usage and reveals which apps you use most often. The dashboard shows how many apps send you notifications throughout the day, how much time you spend on specific apps, and how often you use your phone. The app also lets you set daily usage limits to help you restrict hours in time-sucking apps. The revamped version of Do Not Disturb on Android 9 allows you to block audio as well as visual notifications to cut down distractions. And, the Wind Down feature fades your display to grayscale and makes your phone less appealing when it’s time for you to sleep.
  1. Volume and Sound – When you press the volume button on an Android 9 device, the slider now appears vertically on the right. And, you get to modify the media volume by default, instead of changing the ring volume. Finally, sigh!

Google is trying to make smartphones adapt to user habits by using AI and machine learning. The new UI is refreshing and exciting to use. We are sure you have been waiting to update your phone to Android 9 Pie if you don’t have it already.

Android 9 now also natively supports Odia and Assamese Indic languages. With this new language support, a revamped UI, tons of usability features, and the close focus on digital wellbeing, Android 9 may well qualify as Android users’ most favorite of all time.

As a leading mobile app development company catering to businesses, we see a lot of potential in Android 9 for enterprises looking to engage with customers through a secure and robust mobile app.

We build apps that qualify app store standards and are inherently rich in quality. CDN Solutions Group also advises companies on in-app advertising for them to make use of the full potential of their app.

Now that, Android 9.0 is not a mystery to you, how do you like the operating system’s additional features?

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