Finally, Android 9 Pie is released for all Pixel devices, all the phone using Android P Beta are the next in the line to get the latest update. Though you may not have been keenly following the development of the OS for the last six months, we are sure you are not completely alien to Android 9 Pie. Here we present you 12 Cool Things To Experience With Android 9 Pie on your Android devices.
12 Cool Things To Experience With Android 9 Pie
1) Effective Use of Battery
The latest Android smartly manages the battery usage by putting the Settings, Battery, and Adaptive Battery, and apps that are less important to deemed less important are pushed into the background. Though it may slow the notifications from them but sure will use a battery and the system get smarted as times goes by. It also has the battery saver option too when your battery gets low.
2) Android Automatically Sets The Brightness
Android 9 Pie come with yet another smart feature which also gets better as time goes by, Adaptive Brightness. This feature you can find in the Display menu of Settings. The Android system automatically adjusts to the ambient light levels to set the brightness levels and you need not fiddle around with the slider manually.
3) Shortcut to Apps I
The latest Android 9 Pie comes with custom shortcuts into features inside apps. They predict what you want to do next “based on your context” on Google. You can expect to see a link to maps navigations when you are about to leave for work or a shortcut to Spotify if you connected your headphones. You will get to see them open up the App Drawer.
4) Shortcut to Apps II
Slices is yet another feature which is similar to App Actions but a bit different. Though it not yet available on Android 9 Pie it will surely be there by the end of this year. Slices are app shortcuts which appear in the results whenever you search for something on your phone. For example, if you look for “Lyft” you might see some quick links to ordering a ride home or to work.
5) Fast Screenshots
Now you can simply long press on Power and tap Screenshot, to get screenshots with Android 9 Pie, though the old method Volume Down + Power button also works. This combination makes it super quick to take screenshots with one hand and you can also tap and Edit on the notification to add annotations later on.
6) Easy to Get Around
The latest Android 9 Pie comes with an iPhone X-style navigation system as it ditches the Overview (square) button and adds more swipe controls: You can Swipe up on Home to see recently used apps, similarly Swipe up again for the app drawer. Some of the options can also be edited depending on the model of your phone, by going to Settings, System, and Gestures.
7) Rotate the screen in a flash
Android 9 Pie retains the screen rotation lock controls but the OS also comes with a nice quick option for switching between portrait and landscape mode when you need to on demand. Once you change the orientation and the screen is locked, you will notice a small Rotate button in the corner where the Overview button used to be.
8) Quickly Adjust media volume
With Android 9 Pie it becomes easy to lower volume of Video, Music and Social media apps. It is easy and quick to do this with Android 9 pie as you just need to tap once on the Volume Down button, then tap the musical note symbol to mute the media. When you Tap the cog icon below you can adjust volumes for alarms, calls, media playback and so on.
9) Mute repetitive notifications
Repetitive notifications can sometimes be irritating, Android 9 Pie smartly detects when you dismiss a lot of notification from the same app and asks your confirmation to mute them or keep displaying. To unmute an app you have muted simply go to Settings> App & Notifications > Notifications. You can toggle the pop-ups on or off according to your preference.
10) Minimise phone distraction
Android 9 Pie comes with an upgraded Do Not Disturb Mode and silencing incoming alerts. Now you can hide pop-up notifications, so your phone will not light up or show anything in the status bar, apart from critical phone alerts. You can configure this in Settings> Sound and Do Not Disturb,
11) Set limits on your screen time
Another feature called Slice in the upcoming Google’s Digital Wellbeing, allows you to know which are the apps you spend the most time with and set limits if you want to, These limits can be disabled but is something new. For Pixel owners, they can enter a beta program, and view the new feature where Digital Wellbeing appears as a new option.
12) Wind down Tricks
Google’s feature called Wind Down, part of the upcoming Digital Wellbeing suite uses a few tricks to get you to go to sleep and not stay up on your phone. You can set your bedtime and as it approaches Android greys out your phone’s screen, turns on a blue light filter and Do Not Disturb mode is enabled. Similarly, when you wake up it reverses back to normal mode.