New Android 9 Pie aims to help you use your mobile less
Google’s newest operating system has been released. The Android Pie is currently only available on the Google Pixel smartphones, but other device manufacturers can expect to receive the update of Google’s ninth edition operating system by the end of this fall.
Google’s Android operating systems has the most popular mobile operating system in the world. They’re used on nearly every smartphone and tablet that weren’t created by Apple, with around 85% of all smartphones sold in the first few months of this year running one of the versions of Android.
A phone that can learn from you
Sameer Samat, the vice president of product management at Android wrote that they developed the Android 9 operating system to learn from its user and work better for the individual operating the phone the more that they use it. From predicting our next task to prioritising battery power usage for the apps that we use the most, the Android 9 was designed to help us use our phone less by taking the initiative for us before we think to complete the action ourselves.
The Android 9 adapts to our lifestyle and the ways we use our phone.
Helping you disconnect more often
To help us start putting away our mobile phones more often, Android pie includes tools for something Google is calling “Digital Wellbeing”, which aims to help people limit the time they spend using their smartphones. The tools allow the phone user to set timers on apps that lock them out if they go over their pre-set limits, and a “Wind Down” mode lets you put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” which cancels all vibrations, noises, and greys out your phone screen.
All of these options in the Digital Wellbeing toolbox are, of course, completely optional. But even if you decided not to use the benefits of the Android Pie to help you disconnect from the plugged-in world for a little while, the new updates still have plenty of other features.
Other features for the Android Pie include the following:
1. Adaptive brightness control – the operating system learns your habits and adjusts your brightness for you.
2. Smart replies – one button replies for more apps.
3. Gesture navigation – navigating through your home screen, recently used apps, and Google Assistant with simple swiping gestures, as well as easier screen rotation using this feature.
Android 9 Pie has moved the time display from the top right to the top left, making more room for screen cut outs (notches). Only two notches can be used on each screen in this version of Android for it to run properly.
Text selection capabilities have advanced, with Android Pie users having the ability to select text and then use a dragging motion to magnify it.
Privacy has also been updated. Apps given permission for location, mic, camera, and network can no longer access these parts of your mobile phone when the app is idle, making it harder for rogue apps to spy on you.
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