On Monday, Google launched the latest version of its smartphone operating system — Android 9 Pie — with exciting new features that harness the power of Artificial Intelligence to make smartphones even smarter than before.
Most of these new features help the device to personalise according to your needs and habits.
Android 9 Pie compatible devices
Currently, starting Monday, Google Pixel users will be receiving an over-the-air update to Android 9. The devices receiving an update on Monday are:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Essential PH-1
Apart from Google’s very own, devices from the following brands that participated in the Beta program will receive the official update by the end of this fall:
- Sony Mobile
- HMD Global (Nokia)
- Few Android One devices
- HTC U12+
- HTC U11+
- HTC U11
- HTC U11 life (Android One)
- Motorola one
- Motorola one power
- moto z3
- moto z3 play
- moto z2 force edition
- moto z2 play
- moto x4
- moto g6 plus
- moto g6
- moto g6 play
Nokia has released the Android 9 developer preview for Nokia 7 Plus. The recently launched Nokia 6.1 Plus Android One device might also soon receive the Android Pie update.
Sony has announced the Xperia XZ3, which will ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
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Google is also working with a number of other partners to launch or upgrade their devices to Android 9 Pie by the end of this year. But in truth, you might have to wait until Q1 or Q2 of 2019 to receive the official update in most of the cases.
We’ll update this space with exact make and model of smartphones that are going to receive Android 9 Pie update as and when the information is made available.
How to Enroll in the Beta programme for Digital Wellbeing features
- Make sure your Pixel device is updated to Android 9 Pie
- Sign up here for the beta version of the OS with the email address you use with Google Play
- Accept your invitation to become a beta tester by clicking the link in your welcome email.
Once the invitation has been accepted, Digital Wellbeing will appear in your phone’s Settings app within 24 hours.
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These include the new dashboard that helps the users understand how they’re spending time on the device — how much time is being spent, on which unique applications.
The App Timer lets you set time limits on an app’s usage and when the time is up that app’s icon turns grey on your home screen — discouraging you from using it more.
Do Not Disturb
Do not disturb is a very useful feature if you get distracted easily — which is pretty normal on a small screen. This feature blocks any pop-up notifications when enabled.
The Do Not Disturb feature can be useful when you’re reading or watching something.
This feature switches on the Night Light mode on-screen and Do Not Disturb feature too. It also fades the screen to grayscale before bedtime.