Android 9 Pie Is Now Official, Google Pixel Update Starts Today

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Whether Samsung will take as long as it usually does or bring this year's major Android upgrade sooner remains to be seen (we're hoping for the former thanks to Project Treble).

Google has also simplified the quick settings in Android Pie. You'll need to use the same email address that you've already registered for Google Play.

Android 9 will start rolling out to Pixel phones first. In addition, Google also confirmed new "digital wellbeing" features will also become available to devices running Pie later in the year, starting with the Pixel phones. While Google did not provide too much information on this, the feature builds on the Pie theme by offering Android device owners a Pie Slice of Android app access when using Google Search.

Google has named its annual Android refresh after desserts, Android Pie followed Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat, Jellybean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, Fro-yo, Eclair and Donut.

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This fall, Google will also roll out a feature called Slices, which will show relevant info from your apps when you want it. Not only it introduces features like WellBeing - aimed at detoxifying the digital lives of smart users - but also comes with a number of under-the-hood features that use more machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict the ways in which people use their phones. This actually encompasses several different features that all aim to help you improve your life. You can enable this new system navigation in Settings once you've received your update to Android 9 (learn more in the help center).

An app timer is kind of like parental controls, but for yourself, because you can't stop using your smartphone? Swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of recently used apps and simply tap to jump back into one of them. A search for a ride-hailing app, for example, will give the user price and travel time estimates, Google said. You'll be presented with a carousel view of every app.

Soon after, you'll get an email with an invite to begin testing digital wellness. There's a new Do Not Disturb and a feature called Wind Down that'll combine Night Light and Do Not Disturb and also fade your screen to grayscale, all to help you get to sleep at night.

And devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall!

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