Android Pie, Google’s latest iteration of its mobile operating system, is here. Beta versions of the
software had been available to select handset users for quite some time in the guise of Android P.
Android Pie version 9.0 succeeds the Android Oreo (v8.X), and the changes it brings along mainly focus
on inserting smarter utility features in the native operating system instead of relying on third-party
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) becoming hot buzzwords in the technology
space, Google’s Android Pie joins the bandwagon with features that are “built to learn from users”.
For instance, Adaptive Brightness understands how a user likes the brightness settings of the phone and
keeps it that way. The native solution solves the problem of manually adjusting brightness levels for
different ambient light conditions.
Adaptive Battery is a similar technology as it understands which apps you use the most and optimises
them accordingly. App Actions predicts which app you will use next, based on your usage.
“If it’s Tuesday morning and you’re preparing for your commute, you’ll be presented with suggestions
such as navigating to work on Google Maps or resuming an audiobook with Google Play Books. And
when you put on headphones after work, you may see options to call your mom or launch your
favourite Spotify playlist,” Google explains.
Android Pie’s new system navigation does away with the traditional three-touch button navigation
system for a one-touch kind. The singular button seems highly inspired by Apple’s iPhone X gesture
features. For instance, you can swipe up the button to see recent applications. The thumbnails of recent
applications now appear larger with a full-screen view. Smart Text Selection has also been improved and
integrated within the “Overview” of recent applications.
One of the key interface changes include a revamped Quick Settings that focuses on giving prominence
to more useful tools. Other improvements include a simplified process of taking and editing screenshots,
better volume controls and notifications management.
At the company’s I/O conference earlier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had talked at length about
helping users curb smartphone addiction. Under a “Digital Wellbeing” initiative, Google has already
rolled out updates to its core apps like YouTube — allowing users to set a time limit on how much time
they should spend on the application.
Android Pie brings an elaborate dashboard to the native operating system that enables users to keep an
eye on how much time they’re spending on their devices. There’s also an App Timer that sets time limits
on apps and has a visual grey icon on apps to denote that their time is up. The Do Not Disturb function
now is much more intuitive, and has the ability to disable all visual notifications on the phone. Source: