2018 will be ending soon and some of us are still waiting for their Pie upgrades for the Android phones. Sad to say, not all Android phones with Nougat and Oreo operating systems will have an Android Pie upgrade.
Android Pie has already launched months ago, specifically, 6 August 2018 and the first people to get an upgrade are those individuals who possess a Google Pixel phone since Google owns Android. These are the Google Pixel phones that had the first taste of Android Pie:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
Also, Essential phones were also the first recipient of Android Pie operating systems. Essential Products company was fortunate to have Andy Rubin as its founder since he is also the co-founder of the Android operating system.
Aside from these phones, there are only a few confirmed updates for selected phones. Not all brands of phones will have an Android Pie upgrade before the year 2018 ends. Some of the phones that were confirmed to have an upgrade are the following:
- HTC 12+
- HTC U11
- HTC U11+
- HTC U11 Life
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei P20
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10
- Porsche Design Mate RS
- Honor 10
- Honor View 10
- Honor Play
- Motorola One
- Motorola One Power
- Moto Z3
- Moto Z3 Play
- Moto Z2 Force Edition
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto X4
- Moto G6 Plus
- Moto G6
- Moto G6 Play
- Nokia 3
- Nokia 5
- Nokia 6 (2017)
- Nokia 6.1 (2018)
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Nokia 8
- Nokia 8 Sirocco
- OnePlus 6
- OnePlus 5
- OnePlus 5T
- OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 3T
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
- Sony Xperia XZ1
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Samsung is not on the list because they will have the roll-out of Android Pie at the start of next year.
So what are the essential features of the Android Pie?
The most important aspect of a phone, for the author of this article, is the battery. Without the battery, just like in a car, it will not run. Even if you have the most notable features and remarkable downloaded apps on your phone, weak battery implies weak phone.
The good news is that Android 9.0 Pie has enhanced its battery life by having an adaptive battery which means this feature is learning how you use your smartphone and adapts on your usage by keeping apps in the background which is part of the background restrictions feature.
This is very useful for gamers who use a lot of battery life when gaming. The battery saver mode will also be noticeable again which was featured in the previous Oreo version but this time, a slider can be used to adjust what percentage of the battery they want this feature to use.
Regarding adaptive features, one of the most remarkable features for the Android Pie is the adaptive brightness feature wherein the system will automatically detect your preferred brightness conditions in various scenarios and adjusts the brightness based on what the Android Pie system have learned from your constant activities.
Another battery feature is the battery life estimate which will show you the estimated time that the battery will endure based on your current routine. This feature can also be seen on the Settings menu which is accessible by swiping down the menu from any screen and then tapping the settings icon.
It is also extraordinary that Android Pie was developed with machine learning features since such innovations adapt to how we adjust our phone settings as well as how we use our mobile applications resulting in smarter performance. This machine knowledge is truly amazing since it can learn our ways and adjust the phone based on our own actions.
In relation to this, the App Actions feature can already predict what your action will be since the phone has already learned what you will do which was based on what you have done before.
Notifications on the Android Pie will be manageable since every time you get a notification, you can tap Manage notifications feature and you will immediately see the most recent apps and toggle notifications.
This is also true for the message notifications wherein you can use smart replies which are canned responses that are generated based on the contents of the incoming text. These smart replies can be easily accessed when you tap one of the three options on the message notifications.
The enhanced GPS feature adds smarter performance since any application that you frequently use will pop up in the apps menu which can be reached by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
Predicted actions are also useful when you use headphones especially after plugging them in, the system will automatically show a playlist or an app it assumes you want to use and this is still based on the frequent app that you choose whenever you are using a headphone.
The Android Pie system can also predict your usual activities most of the times like showing a Maps navigation for the address you always input or open a new browser tab or even WhatsApp a friend.
There is also a Digital Wellbeing dashboard feature which monitors your phone usage including how many times you access a specific app. It will show you how many times you unlock your phone, how many notifications you receive, and even how many times you open an app including the amount of screen time for each app.
There is also a Wind Down mode included in this dashboard for you to set your phone when you are already in the mood to sleep. Your phone will fade to gray until the time you set it back to your usual mode again. Along with this mode, the Do Not Disturb mode is also enhanced with notifications that can be customized and visual notifications are added aside from the accustomed sound alert notifications.
With regards to phone security, Play Protect will display your security status.
You can access this feature on the Security and Location settings where you can also turn on Lockdown safety feature preventing fingerprint unlocking or you can turn off Smart Lock and even dismiss notifications from showing on the lock screen mode. This is a striking feature since this can prevent unwanted accessing of your phone by anyone including breaching your fingerprint sensor.
Other security features include Protected Confirmation and Strong Box features which can be useful for saving encryption keys. Idle apps will not be able to access the camera or microphone without your permission which is very useful when it comes to private surfing and web traffic.
The Bluetooth also received enhancements that combined improved audio and video synchronization. This enhanced feature can also pair with multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously and Android Pie system can even remember the volume you used with any Bluetooth device.
Aside from these enhancements, high-definition movies will look more bright and sharper coupled with clearer audio. Photo compression was also improved decreasing the storage problems you always encounter for your phone.
The Screenshot feature which normally just saves your screenshot file after snapping it by holding down power and volume-down buttons simultaneously was also enhanced. You can have the option to share it or edit it by using editing tools including cropping, pen, highlighter, undo, and redo features.
Other notable enhancements include the mobile hotspot feature which can automatically turn off when there are no connected devices on your phone. Guest accounts can also be added so that you will not have to worry about the apps that others will be using. This feature is very effective for Android Pie tablets with multiple users.
The Wi-Fi Round Trip Time is an added bonus for the Google Maps feature since the navigation will be more precise especially in malls and carparks. It also supports GPS trigger features especially for those with smart home devices that automatically turns on a light whenever you enter.
These are just some of the remarkable Android 9.0 Pie features which will improve the power of using your Android phone. Truly, technology has its own way of rectifying previous issues encountered by Android users.