A few days after the amazing release of Android 9 (called Android Pie), this new version of the operating system is still to be explored.
The new OS created by the developers of Google will arrive in the coming months on all smartphones that regularly support Android, up to totally conquer the market share already firmly in the hands of the green robot.
Currently, however, it is only the smartphones of the Google Pixel series that can have the privilege of being able to download and use the new Android version.
Android Pie: an operating system to be discovered
Waiting for autumn, a month in which probably the coverage of Android Pie will become total. You can already take a peek at the 9 main reasons why this new version will not only find its natural habitat on your smartphone, but it will also succeed in conquering your heart.
Rounded corners and more color
With Android Pie, Google wanted to focus on the graph side by making extensive use of rounded corners wherever it could.
Scrolling down to view the notification bar and quick settings you can already get a good idea of what aesthetic way was taken by the new version of Android is heading.
Regarding the notifications, Android seems to have made significant steps forward, especially against iOS. With Android Pie, it goes far beyond its predecessors by allowing more functionality to manage the nuances of notifications.
Messaging apps, in particular, show more information in every notification.
Official dark mode
Google has added an official dark mode option in the Settings app.
Instead of relying on the background to activate the dark mode, as it had been up to now, users can now decide whether to always use dark mode, standard mode or let the phone decide for itself.
Android Pie and Notch
While the frames get smaller, some Android phones are adopting a notch at the top of the screen to accommodate sensors (like on iPhone X).
Android Pie seems to want to follow this trend, according to what discovered if you activate the Developer Mode, you can scroll down to the Drawing section. In it, you can tap Simulate a display with a cutout to choose the size of the notch.
Making a screenshot is simple: just press (and hold) the power button, then select Screenshot. The old method of maintaining power and volume down at the same time still works naturally.
Not only that: there is also a new editing function on the newly captured image. As soon as your screenshot is saved, the preview notification will show the Edit button. Selecting it will open a tool to edit the image, drawing, cropping or doing any other editing operation on the screenshot before saving or sharing it.
Fight against smartphone addiction
The Google plan to curb the phone addiction is now well known to everyone.
The program designed in this sense is not yet ready for the general implementation, but Pixel owners interested can sign up to participate in the beta of this project dedicated entirely to digital wellbeing. In order to participate, you need a Pixel device with Android 9.0 Pie.
Lockdown mode: for greater security
Google is doing a lot to improve the overall security of your information on Android Pie, but most of these operations are carried out in the background.
There is a new feature, though, that blocks your device at the touch of a button. If enabled, it allows you to disable the fingerprint sensor or voice unlock (restoring the more classic backup unlocking methods such as the PIN code).
To try the Lockdown mode:
- go to Settings
- select Security and position
- choose Lock screen preferences and turn on Show blocking
Once activated, you can now simply press the power button and then tap Lockdown.
With Android Pie, now you have the chance to abandon the traditional three-button navigation of Android and launch yourself in gestural navigation.
A single home button is the starting point of your thumb which, when touched, will bring you back to the main screen. Scroll to the right to go back, scroll to the left to go from one recent app to another, or scroll up to see the other available apps: it’s a simple, practical and innovative way to use your smartphone to the best.
Screen rotation only when you want
Instead of locking the portrait or vertical mode on the phone, Android Pie will display a button to force the screen to rotate if it detects that the phone has changed its position.
When you move the screen horizontally, you can touch the icon that appears below to change the orientation.
An operating system that will reserve other surprises
Although already available on many smartphones, Android Pie is still a growing creature: what we have shown in this article is, in fact, probably just a little taste of the news that we will discover over the next few months.