Android Pie, Google’s latest iteration of its mobile operating system, is finally here. Beta versions of the software had been available to select handset users for quite some time in the guise of Android P.
Android Pie version 9.0 succeeds the Android Oreo (v8.X), and the changes it brings along mainly focus on inserting smarter utility features in the native operating system instead of relying on third-party solutions.
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) becoming hot buzzwords in the technology space, Google’s Android Pie joins the bandwagon with features that are “built to learn from users”.
For instance, Adaptive Brightness understands how a user likes the brightness settings of the phone and keeps it that way. The native solution solves the problem of manually adjusting brightness levels for different ambient light conditions.
Adaptive Battery is a similar technology as it understands which apps you use the most and optimises them accordingly. App Actions predicts which app you will use next, based on your usage.
“If it’s Tuesday morning and you’re preparing for your commute, you’ll be presented with suggestions such as navigating to work on Google Maps or resuming an audiobook with Google Play Books. And when you put on headphones after work, you may see options to call your mom or launch your favourite Spotify playlist,” Google explains.
New interface –
Android Pie’s new system navigation does away with the traditional three-touch button navigation system for a one-touch kind. The singular button seems highly inspired by Apple’s iPhone X gesture features. For instance, you can swipe up the button to see recent applications. The thumbnails of recent applications now appear larger with a full-screen view. Smart Text Selection has also been improved and integrated within the “Overview” of recent applications.
One of the key interface changes include a revamped Quick Settings that focuses on giving prominence to more useful tools. Other improvements include a simplified process of taking and editing screenshots, better volume controls and notifications management.