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Android 9 Pie Review: Google keeps Design and Health in focus

Harnessing the power of AI for a truly intuitive experience.

The next generation of Android is here. And the P is for Pie. Android Pie (We still can’t figure out what Pie, but we’re on it.), the new version of Google’s mobile operating system. Previously known as Android 9  or Android P will be available to all. Google initially announced a preview version of the software in March, then demo-ed some features at its annual I/O developer conference in May. Google Pixel phones had the beta preview which showed the new UI changeovers. The material design 2.0 is at par and utterly satisfying to use too.

Android 9 harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to give you more from your phone. Now it’s smarter, faster and adapts as you use it. Google has announced that the final, shipping version of the newest Android update is available for all Pixel phones today. And, as usual, it has announced a name to go along with the over-the-air update: “Android 9 Pie.”


Google announced a basket of new features for their upcoming version of Android, Android P. They believe Technology should help us with our lives and not distract us from it. With Android P, new digital wellbeing features like dashboard and app timer help you find the much-required balance of the technical and the real life. Google asked its users what they really want from them. They wanted technology to act what it always was meant for. Technology is anything that helps us ease our work. Nowadays technology is not allowing us to spend enough time with our family. This was a problem to solve. Google researchers tried to crack what people actually wanted in their phones. Properly balancing notifications and letting people stay off-screen a little bit is the goal.

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Get the Android P Beta here. Android P beta is now available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices only. It will be available to OnePlus, Xiaomi, LG, Lenovo and many others under Project Treble. Everything reaching to users within a week or two. Manufacturers like Xiaomi, OnePlus, HTC, LG, Asus and even some other few companies will run the same version of Android and get real-time and singular updates. It’ll in-return help developers focus on a greater domain and get more out of it.

Well, Google typically names its new flavors of Android alphabetically and after something sugary, a desert let say. For example, the previous Android version was called Oreo. Before that was Nougat, preceded by Marshmallow and Lollipop. Still, officially, Google is calling it Android 9 Pie, or just Android 9. Android is the dominant mobile operating system on the planet, powering almost 9 out of every 10 smartphones shipped globally. So updates in the software could eventually signal changes for how most of the world uses its phones. But through Project Treble, every new smartphone will get the update faster than before and at the same time. The Pixel phones will get the update on the same day as of the unveiling though.

Still, Android Pie mostly focuses on behind-the-scenes improvements designed to make Android phones work faster while saving precious battery life. Now let’s have a look at some of the new features that were announced at Google I/O earlier this year.

Android Digital Wellbeing

Now, it appears that Google has found the appropriate hack to steer clear of dark patterns i.e adding Digital Wellbeing as part of Android Pie top features.

Enroll in the beta preview

We’re excited to introduce the Digital Wellbeing Beta Preview, a sneak peek at a new set of features aimed at giving you a complete picture of your digital habits and helping you disconnect when you want to.

Requirements to join

  • You must have a Pixel device.
  • You must have Android 9 Pie.

Note: You don’t need to be part of the Android P Beta Program.

Android 9 Pie Shush

source: Google I/O 18

Quiet your phone with a simple gesture.

Easily turn on Do Not Disturb by flipping your phone face down. Codenamed Shush, it’ll automatically convert the ringer type to DND and help you make the best of your time. Still, people like you and me must have faced this once or twice at least. We always want to stay focused towards family when it comes to having food together, be it lunch or dinner.
But those unwanted notifications drive us away from the nirvana of that Joy. Still, Google JOMO – Joy Of Missing Out is here and they have cracked the perfect formula that will allow us to have our time sorted out for our betterment.
Alright now, Android P’s Shush feature will have the basic meaning of less distraction, helping them from the tempting notifications. Not only texts but also the visual notifications on their screen. We can just turn the phone upside down. It’s easier than anything now to make time for your loved ones.
Take a look at the Demo that Google gave at their annual Developer Conference at Google I/O. He talks about how people struggle to stay away from their phone screens when with family and friends. This made Google become disruptive enough.

Android 9 Pie Wind Down

Disconnect at night.

Wind Down gets your phone ready for bed by letting you schedule changes to the display. Activating Night Light reduces blue light and Grayscale gets rid of all color, reminding you to switch off for the night. This actually makes you wanna use your phone less and the end stop it and go to sleep, hence giving you more time and the balance that you needed.
Android P will help with our Digital Wellbeing, starting with a good night's sleep
source: Google I/O
Well, technology is anything that makes the Human efforts easier in any sort. In this problem statement, we don’t remember and 1 or 2 hours have already slipped by. Technology should also help with this and not prevent it from happening. We use a variety of Apps that are solely designed to keep us in there for a long long time, these apps are custom made like Casinos in Las Vegas. So Google came up with Wind Down.
Still, you can enable this right now on any phone. Go to Developer Settings->Simulate Color Space->Monochromacy and you’re done.
Android P getting Wind Down feature announced at Google I/O
source: Google I/O

As for the name, well, “Pie” is not really a shock, it would have been better for Indians if it was “Peda”. It was the obvious choice, and Google went with it. The extra emphasis on the version number is interesting, though: Google refers to it as “Android 9 Pie,” and the URL for the OS is simply android.com/9. Still, is it just another ploy by Google or is there something more to it?

Android Adaptive Battery

Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness are two new features that take advantage of machine learning. Hence, Google is using machine learning to prioritize system resources and should work well in apps that are optimized for DozeApp Standby, and Background Limits.

Adaptive Brightness learns how to adjust the device brightness throughout the day based on conditions. For example, a user who likes a screen brightness a bit lower than the default setting initially can adjust it manually. Over time, Android will adjust to get a better automatic setting.

Initially, only Pixel will receive an update to Android Pie. 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 the fall. If you have a Pixel phone, over-the-air updates should have already got to you.

So enjoy and let us know how you feel in the comments down below. For more latest reviews and tech news stay connected to Tech Includes. Peace Out.

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Written by Manish Rath

Android Developer. Tech Savvy. Opened a Pentium 4 when I was 8. Follow me on twitter @Manishrath. Peace!


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