Everything You Should Know about Android Pie

Emily Baker

Basic PC user
Windows 7 Firefox 62.0
Features of the Android Pie
1. App Dashboard

One of the best features of Android 9.0 is the new dashboard that gets your app usage tabulated. You may not think a tech company to convince you to reduce your decide usage time, but a Digital wellbeing initiated has been launched by Google. The new dashboard is a major part of this initiative, which enables you to understand in details your digital habits as well as encourage users to reduce interruptions and take breaks.

2. Adaptive Brightness and Battery

Deepmind, an AI company partnered with Google, has created a smart battery. And this is battery has been applied in Android 9.0 as well. With the technology, your phone will learn which services and apps you use often and prioritize the power of the battery to them, helping to optimize the battery's life. Deepmind applied AI to the brightness of the screen also. Adaptive Brightness understands your preferences and adjusts your screen automatically as you change surroundings.

3. Do Not Disturb Update

Android Pie features a Do Not Disturb update. When turned on it gives you two options: Hide notifications and Show notifications silently. The first option will not show you any notifications on the phone's lock screen. The second option will display notifications but your mobile gadget won't vibrate or ring. Then does it mean you would miss emergency calls in this mode? Don't worry! You can choose to allow specific contacts calls get through to you so you won't miss them.

There is also a new gesture for the DND function, called Shush mode. When you turn your device face down, DND will turn on automatically. This is a very handy way to eliminate interruptions during a social event or business meeting.

4. Notifications Management

Managing notifications could be very stressful and Android Pie provides some relief. Your device will learn which notifications you ignore frequently or swipe aside and ask if you need that notification disabled.

5. Volume Controls, Slices, and Actions

Android Slices and Actions are two new functions that operate in the background with the purpose of predicting your next move and assist you to get the activity or information you want quickly. In the application tray on Android Pie, predictive apps are listed in a row, i.e. apps you use often. Below it are actions you do frequently, such as sending your partner a message or using an app for ordering take out. The app launch can also showcase actions on your home screen and Google Assistant.

Android Slices, on the other hand, are shortcuts to aspects of an application you need to access. For example, an icon to call a cab to take you home. Instead of opening the app and typing an address, your cab can come with a single click. The aim of slices is to decrease everyday usage friction; instead of moving between apps, multitasking becomes seamless. Slices can be accessed by a phone search. Its functionality can be expanded as well, as 3rd party developers have the liberty to play around with it.

Volume control experiences an update also. When you tap on the volume down or up button, it changed the media volume automatically. You can adjust alarm and ring volume by touching the Settings gear and the icon that looks like a bell will change the sound options for notifications and calls: silence, vibrate or ring.

6. Screenshots

There are also some smaller updates as well. Android 9.0 features a Markup tool that allows you to have your screenshots annotated after capturing them. Your screenshots can be annotated using a highlighter or pen, picking from 7 colors. And when you are looking at a screenshot, you will notice an option for mediating beside the shape icon.

Capturing screenshots also gets easier on Android 9.0 - if the volume down/power button combination annoys you, you can now press down just the power button and you will see various options: screenshot, power off and restart. Then you can simply choose the screenshot option to capture the screen.
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