All new features of Android Pie
Android P was first introduced with the Developer Preview around 5 months ago, and after 4 Beta testings, Google’s latest version of the Android OS, is here, and what’s the name? The Android 9 will be called Android Pie officially, according to the Google’s legacy. And the name, Android Pistachio for Android 9 that was revealed by Huawei employee is wrong. Talking about the new Android Pie, it’s a major update in the Android version comparatively to the previous version, with a lot of new features, new UI, new design and a lot more. Google has introduced a lot of features based on the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, like the Adaptive Battery feature, Adaptive Brightness and a lot more. Here, you can find out all the new improvements and all new features of Android Pie.
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Accessibility Menu: The new Android 9, an all-new accessibility menu comes, where most normal and commonly used actions like snapping screenshots and navigating the device with the single hand are now much easier for motor impaired Android users.
Select to Speak – OCR in Camera View: This is the other feature in the new Android 9. With the new Select to Speak option, you can select text on the device screen and the device will read aloud the content for you. Not only this, the OCR support for Select to Speak in Camera and Pictures app have been added, and it makes the text even more accessible. The selected text when using the camera or in the picture will be highlighted and read aloud by the device.
Sound amplifier: Sound amplifier is the another new Accessibility Service, which makes it simpler to understand the conversations by adjusting over 100 settings dynamically to boost the audio in outdoor conditions like a loud restaurant, bus stop or concert.
Battery Saver: Next comes one of the most important features, which decides the productivity of a device, that is the ability to save the battery. The new Battery Saver in the Android Pie makes the battery backup available to you for longer than ever by turning off the features like Always-On display. And now, the user has more control over it, to keep up the battery backup for a longer period.
Adaptive Battery: Google added a feature in the new Android P using the deep machine learning, with the artificial intelligence feature the operating system can easily predict the apps you’ll use in the coming hours and which apps won’t need the battery backup. And hence, provides the essential battery backup only to those apps, which are important to the users.
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Background restrictions: This is another feature that is for the same purpose, that is, to not waste battery on the apps which don’t need it. And with this feature will see the recommendations in settings to restrict the apps that are using too much battery, giving more control to the user.
Multi-camera support: This feature of the Android 9 is focused for developers, with which the developers are able to create immersive experiences using streams from two or more physical cameras available on devices that is, the dual-front or dual-back cameras which is in trend these days, to create experiences like depth, bokeh, stereo vision, and many more.
External camera support: A all new feature is also coming to the Android Pie, with which the external USB / UVC cameras will be supported on certain devices.
Digital Wellbeing –
Do Not Disturb Mode: There is an improvement in the Do Not Disturb mode, Android Pie, not only silences the notification sounds but also all the visual interruptions will be silenced. Not only this, the smart feature allows the user to star the contacts with which you will never miss the urgent calls.
App dashboard: Next is the App dashboard, with which the user gets a review of the total time spent on all different frequently apps.
Wind Down: With this new feature in Android Pie, Google allows the user to make a schedule for the smartphone usage, for a restful sleep. User can set the schedule and is the time exceeds the decided time, the screen will turn gray and DnD mode will get activated.
App timers: This is the another feature which allows the user to limit the app usage. With App timers, user can set the time limit for a particular app, and on exceeding the time limit, the app will be paused for the day.
Display & Brightness –
Display cutout: In the new Android Pie, there is a support for devices with top-notch cutouts, which also gives a hint for the new upcoming Pixel 3 series smartphones.
Edge-to-edge screens: Android Pie will support the devices with 18:9 and taller aspect ratios of the display, and also the devices with display cutouts.
Adaptive Brightness: This is another feature which is based on the machine learning. With the new Adaptive Brightness in the Android Pie, the Android device will learn how the user changes the screen’s brightness in different lighting environments. And after that, the device changes the brightness automatically, based on the user’s usage.
Multiple users on dedicated devices: Android Pie brings a new feature with which a single device can be shared among the users with more ease, a good option for shift workers or public kiosks.
Work tab in launcher: With this new feature in the new Android Pie, the user can now easily separate the work apps. There is a dedicated work tab for all of the apps, and there the apps in the work tab can be turned off easily when not needed.
Postpone Over-the-air (OTA) updates: This particular feature in the Android 9 is for the Enterprise IT admins, which now provides them the ability to define time periods during which time the devices in their fleet will not update the Android OS, and can be extended up to 90 days.
Multiple Bluetooth connections: This is another new exciting feature of the new Android 9, with which up to five nearby Bluetooth devices can be connected to a single device. Not only this, switch between these devices can be done seamlessly. Any media like video can be chosen o play on a particular device, whereas the calls will be sent to all connected Bluetooth devices.
Sound delay reporting: With the Sound delay reporting feature in the new Android 9, the sound delay in the video and audio playing on the device can be reported, so that the user never go out of sync.
Volume memory per Bluetooth device: This new feature is another smart feature which comes with the Android 9. With this feature, the device will remember the sound volume settings you set for each of your Bluetooth devices. So, no more unexceptional oud blasting sound surprises.
HDR: The new Android 9 comes with a built-in support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) VP9 Profile 2, with which the user will be able to watch HDR supported movies on YouTube and other services like Netflix. HDR on Android Pie will give an all-new experience to the users.
HD Audio: Not only HD video, Android 9 will support the HDAudio also. With the HD audio, the user will be able to listen a good quality and decent music, with more clarity.
HEIF: As we have posted earlier, that Android P will support the HEIF photos, as an inbuilt feature, which will compress the image size without changing the image quality. So, lesser memory consumption with no loss of the image quality.
Notification enhancements for messaging: There is a lot of improvement in the notifications in the new Android Pie. Now, you can see not only messages in the notifications, but also the photos. Now, you can reply in a single tap, now you will get the AI based suggestions in the notification. Also, not the inline reply drafts in a messaging app, won’t disappear even if the user navigates away from it.
Manage Notifications: Now the user has more control over the notification which he wants to see, for this, the notification can be customized for every app, and ensure only important notifications pop up on the device. Also, the user will get a smart prompt if user is swiping away certain notifications if user wants to keep receiving the notifications.
Privacy & Security –
Android Backups: The new Android Pie now allows the backups with even more security and the feature encrypt Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password).
Android biometric prompt: With the new Android Pie, Google is introducing a lot of new security features which includes a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.
Privacy enhancements: Google brings more security feature in the new Android Pie, with which the access of the phone’s microphone, camera, or other sensors by the apps running in the background or idle, will be restricted. Not only this, a notification will appear on the device if the app needs to use any of the device sensors. In addition, the Android 9 will protect all web communications and also offer private web surfing.
System Usability Enhancements –
At-a-Glance on Always-on-Display: A little addition comes for the widgets. Now widgets like, weather, clock and calendar events will be displayed on the Lock Screen and Always-on Display.
Redesigned Quick Settings: A all-new design for the settings will be in the Android Pie, with more toggles and additional information for the particular settings tab, overall an all-new experience for the users in the new Android Pie.
Volume controls: A all-new volume control center comes with the new Android Pie, which allows the user to control sounds media sounds, notification sounds, ringtones sound more easily using the quick toggle button.
Screenshots: In previous Android versions, user won’t be able to do a lot with the screenshot, the only screenshot of the whole screen is supported. The new Android version allows users to easily snap the screenshot and also edit or crop them easily, the feature is already available in a lot of Android device with customized OS by the smartphone company.
Rotation: Improvements comes with the screen rotation of the display in the Android Pie. Now, the device will rotate the orientation even if the Auto-Rotate is turned off, when needed, like when the user is watching videos.
New system navigation: This is one of the most exciting features of the all-new Android P, as a lot of improvements have been done for the navigation with an all-new design. Now, it is easier to switch between the apps, recent apps tray can be seen by just swiping up on the screen. The user can switch between the apps more swiftly, by just swiping left and right on the home button, and a lot more.
App Actions: This is another AI based feature in the Android 9, where the app action feature predicts the action for the user based on the current context of the device.