Finally, we got the much-awaited version of Android i.e. Android P or now named Android Pie. It is the ninth major update and the 16th version of the Android Operating officially released on August 6, 2018. As of now, the devices which get the Android Pie first are Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL and some other essential phones. Also as seen on Wikipedia, the beta version of Android P was provided by Google for below-given smartphones:
List of phones that get Android P first:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3
- Essential Phone
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Oppo R15 Pro
- OnePlus 6
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Vivo X21
Android Pie Features
Adaptive battery life
Adaptive battery life was one of the most crucial features Android users were looking for and with Android P or Pie users get more battery life. With the power of on-device machine learning, Android P figures out which apps you use the most and optimize your phone’s battery by reducing the CPU wake up time for apps which you won’t use for a long time
With Android P, your phone’s brightness changes according to the patterns it learns with time. The current automatic brightness feature available in most of the smartphones was not up to the mark and hence Google infuses machine learning in it too. Let say, you change the brightness of your phone several times a day, now your phone will learn when it needs to change brightness for you so that you don’t need to do it.
Also as seen on TechRadar, Google calls this adaptive brightness and claims that 50% of users who tested this Android Pie feature have stopped manually adjusting the brightness because of it.
Android P App Actions
App actions in Android P predict what you are about to do with your smartphone in the morning, evening and even at night by just learning how you use your phone. Let’s say in morning at 9 AM you book a cab or take a look at Google Maps every day, your phone learns it and shows you relevant options on other days so that you get to your next task more quickly.
There are many times when you are in a hurry and instead of looking around the apps you directly search into Google search bar. With App Slices, when you search for something about your favorite apps, the search shows you relevant parts of your favorite apps to the surface. See the example of Lyft in the image.
With Android P, switching between apps has become a lot easier. With more gestures, you can find what you need more naturally without using buttons. I personally love gestures a lot and there are many to see in Android P. A recent study shows that 7 out of 10 people love using gestures and with Android P, they’ll definitely get an enhanced experience.
Android Pie ‘Digital Wellbeing’
Android P update comes with a Digital Wellbeing dashboard which monitors how much you use your phone or specific apps. With this feature, you can easily set the time limit for your usage of specific apps like Facebook, Snapchat and more. Every time, you reach the self-defined limit, your apps will turn grey giving you a signal to stop using them. Google believes that great technology should help, not distract us.
Along with the features mentioned above, there are many more features in Android Pie. We’ll keep you updated with all the latest features and news. Stay with us and keep visiting our news section for more updates 🙂