Google unveiled Android P, the next iteration of the Android platform, a few months ago. It has since seeded multiple developer previews and has even offered users the ability to take part in a public beta program if they had select devices. The wait is now over for every other Android user with a compatible device because Android P has been officially released to the public today.
Android version 9.0 was previously referred to as Android P by Google since the company didn’t reveal its dessert moniker. That has also been made official today. Android P has been released today as Android 9 Pie.
Android 9 Pie bring a variety of AI-powered features to compatible devices such as Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness. The features learn the users’ habits and then adjusts settings for them automatically.
App Actions predict what users want to do next based on the context and then displays that action on the device. The Slices feature which was detailed at I/O 2018 earlier this year will be out this fall. It will show relevant information from apps as and when required.
A new system navigation has also been introduced with this version of Android. It features a single home button and is meant to make navigation easier on devices as they grow taller. A simple swipe up reveals the newly designed Overview which shows full-screen previews of recently used apps.
The much-touted Digital Wellbeing features that were revealed at I/O 2018 will only be available on Pixel smartphones this fall. They will be available on Android One and other devices later this year. These features are available in preview for Pixel smartphones running Android 9.
Android 9 Pie is now being rolled out for Google’s Pixel smartphones. Essential has also released it for the Essential Phone. It’s going to take some time before other OEMs start rolling it out as well.