After the end of the mystery around what the P in the new Android 9 stands for, we have new, smaller mysteries, such as when exactly the new Android Pie will come to this phone and that. Well, Google has made if official it a blog post now that all phones that have been good will receive the update over-the-air (OTA) by end of the fall in the US, which would be around November-December.
Android 9 Pie: Android One Devices to Follow Pixel
The Android 9 Pie was announced by Google yesterday, and it started rolling out to Pixel devices right away. However, Google has assured its users that other devices won’t be left behind either, with a special mention for Android One devices.
In the blog post where it announced the Pie, Google also said, “Starting today, an over-the-air update to Android 9 will begin rolling out to Pixel phones. And 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 this fall. We’re also working with a number of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year.”
Android 9 Pie: Coming to All Eligible Devices
Need we say more? What this means that Android One devices will and those that were part of the Beta testing programme of the company will get the OTA update earlier than the others, and that much is not surprising. The good part is that the update will reach all eligible devices by end of this year, so there’s something for everybody to look forward to.
Android 9 Pie: What’s New?
The new Android comes with a host of new features, with its USP being artificial intelligence. We knew that the new Android will have a single digital home button and gesture navigation instead of its three old friends on the chin on the Android devices that would help the user go back and switch between apps.
However, Google takes pride in adding several small changes ‘across the platform’, with the ‘vulcan grip’ for screenshots, with one finger on the power button and another on the volume down, no longer needed.
Google also said that the new Digital Wellbeing feature on the Android Pie is a significant move. According to the blog post, the Digital Wellbeing feature includes a “new Dashboard that helps you understand how you’re spending time on your device; an App Timer that lets you set time limits on apps and grays out the icon on your home screen when the time is up; the new Do Not Disturb, which silences all the visual interruptions that pop up on your screen; and Wind Down, which switches on Night Light and Do Not Disturb and fades the screen to grayscale before bedtime.”
And all this to make sure you use your device less, which, if you think about it, is quite a kind thing to do for a company that only stands to make more money from smartphone addiction.