Google has launched a new Android 9 Pie. As the history of Android OS, this new version is already making hypes in the market with some top cool features. Initially, Google Pixel will get the update, afterwards, others will get this new version. Today I will share you some cool and new features that are making difference from Android Oreo.
The biggest change in Android Pie is the navigation system. Google has changed to gesture navigation from the traditional three soft keys at the bottom. But don’t worry you can change it to and from the new navigation system if you want to under the gesture settings in the settings menu. It keeps the back and home button and they function as normal including the long pressuring home button for Google assistant. You can now access the recent apps by a quick flip up from the home button.
Swiping right from the home button opens the most recent app and you can hold right to scroll through all of your various recent apps.
Rotate Screen Button
Another new feature in Android Pie is you can manually rotate the screen. Many will face a problem like me, having auto rotate on/off time to time. With this feature, while using an app you rotate the screen to landscape, there is rotate icon appears in the navigation bar to the far right. Press it and the screen will turn into landscape mode. This does not change the overall setting. To switch back., rotate to portrait and tap the icon again.
The revamp text selection tool including a magnifying glass upon text selection in Android Pie and it works well enough. Additionally, the web search and translating tools are now in the main popup instead of overflow menu.
Notifications get some new features as well as manage notification shortcut at the bottom of the notification cards for quicker access to more options. Additionally, Google brings its AI and mix it with the notification system. If you swipe away a notification enough times the UI eventually asks you if you want to silence those particular apps in this Pie version.
Adaptive Battery & Brightness
Google AI also makes an appearance to the new adaptive brightness and battery feature in Android 9. For the adaptive brightness, it will change the brightness based on the ambient lighting as it always has. However, it remembers how you manually adjust brightness in certain situations and try to learn how you do it in order to predict.
Adaptive battery works in a similar way but for applications.
There are also two new features in Pie like app actions and app slices. App Actions uses Google’s AI to predict what application you want to use and when. You can turn it off from suggestions in the settings menu. App Slices let you view certain parts of the application without showing the entire app. But this feature is available in a beta version; maybe it will take some more time to be in the stable release.
Restrict your Phone Use
Additionally, you will get two new features in Android Pie is winddown and app timer. App timers help you restrict how often you use application. Simply set the timer and the operating system locks you out of the application when your time is up. It’s a method of keeping you from using your most addictive apps on your phone too often.
Winddown starts at a certain time that you set, it makes your phone greyscale over time and eventually engages ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode automatically as sort of a time that it’s time for bed.
Digital Well Being
Let’s talk about another new feature called Digital wellbeing, newly added in Android 9. This feature shows you your phone usage and that includes the number of times you unlock the device, the number of notifications you receive, which apps you use and how often you use them. This helps you identify how you spend most of your time in any given app, from there you can manage your usage in a couple of different ways.