JAKARTA, NNC - Google officially announced the next major Android version dubbed "Android 9 Pie". The update for the latest Android is ready to be released in a stable form and will be available for download on Pixel devices.
According to GSM Arena, the device from OEMs that are part of the beta program with Google will get updates before the end of autumn this year.
Android Pie is the ninth main Android release and the successor to last year's Android Oreo. This update introduces several new features especially around the use of machine learning to make your phone smarter.
One feature is Adaptive Battery, which can calculate which apps you often use and cut the apps' power to make your battery last longer.
Also with the Adaptive Brightness feature that will automatically adjust screen brightness with your current location and what you do on the device.
Another use of machine learning is to make tasks that are often done faster. Slices are a new feature where apps can enter itself to your search, so you can perform tasks quicker.
For example, if you are looking for Lyft on the Google app, Lyft will display Slice with the Home or Office option, and you can choose one of them as a quick way to order a taxi to that location.
Another example is the App Actions, which includes quick actions in app launchers at certain times of the day based on your activities.
You will see a button to adjust navigation quickly to work in the morning, or start a song list when you plug in your headphones. This will advance as you use your phone.
Android Pie also introduces new system navigation. The three buttons at the bottom are now replaced by two buttons in Overview mode, which can be done simply by swiping from the bottom up, on any apps.
You can interact with the Overview window content without having to switch, including copying text and pasting it using the updated Smart Text Selection feature.
Not only that, the Notification has also been updated, with a new circle icon and an expanded preview for messages with the smart reply option.
This year, Android devices will also get Digital Wellbeing features, which include a new Dashboard that tracks your application usage and organizes App Timers to prevent excessive applications and Wind Down that turns on Night Light and Do Not Disturb, and turns the screen to gray, so you don't use your cellphone excessively before going to sleep.
These features can now be downloaded on Pixel phones by registering for beta, and other phones will get it later, according to GSM Arena