Technically, the digital wellbeing features will be immediately available to Pixel phone owners after updating to Pie, although the current feature release is one Google considers to be in a beta stage. Adaptive Brightness will now harness machine learning to understand how you like to set the brightness slider in various surroundings, helping to conserve battery life without marring the viewing experience. The Material Design approach isn't new to Google or Android, but the new theme adds white space and rounded corners. The phone will also attempt to predict what apps you like to run by displaying short-cuts to them during certain pairs of the day.
The release not only breaks with tradition by launching so suddenly, it also has a much simpler name than previous versions: Android 9 Pie (not 9.0, as the style has been previously). When enabled, a user swipes up to view recent apps along with app suggestions. Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie, which is a great move by Essential. Providing you have the right device, you can either update using the OTA image (which doesn't require you to have an unlocked bootloader) or using the factory image (which is faster and doesn't require an unlocked bootloader, but riskier).
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Overview Selection: Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you've selected (for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image). There's a redesigned Quick Settings included, too, along with a new way to take screenshots and simplified volume controls.
Google names its Android versions after sweet treats, such as Marshmallow.
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Soon after, you'll get an email with an invite to begin testing digital wellness. It may take up to 24 hours for Digital Wellbeing to appear on your device.
"Devices that participated in the Beta programme 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", said Google.
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Google today somewhat unexpectedly started rolling out to the masses its latest version of Android - dubbed Android 9 Pie. More details at the link below!