It is always exciting whenever a new Android update arrives and we get to unearth the hidden features lurking under its surface. Generally, they are hidden to avoid normal users from trying to fidget around with them instead, they are kept aside hidden from prying eyes for power users. These hidden features might not always prove to be of great help but can prove to help you manage your phones in new ways. We present you 5 Android 9 Pie official hidden features.
The Android 9 Pie is no different when it comes to hidden features, we have listed them as follows. We don’t know if Google will remove these hidden features later but presently you can. The hidden features are easy to find, and with a little help from us, you will be able to unlock these features and be the smartest person amongst your friends and family.
5 Android 9 Pie Official Hidden Features
The latest Android 9 Pie comes with a secret menu option called “Feature Flag”. The Feature Flag feature is meant for users who wish to alter particular design choices back to their Android Oreo Version and continue to enjoy the earlier design choices if they don’t like the changes. Go to System Menu > Developer Options and tap Feature Flags under the debugging section. Here you will get all system-wide flags you can toggle on or off. Here you will find eight flags whereas in the Beta version there were only six options. You can toggle them to either true or false.
System UI Tuner
System UI Tuner has been a secret feature not just in Android 9 Pie, but its been around ever since Android 6 Marshmallow. The feature has expanded its functionality to wider areas ever since. The System UI Tuner in Android 9 Pie allows you to modify the status bar without rooting your device.
Though this feature was present even in the earlier versions of Android, in Android 9 Pie you will need to unlock it in a different way. Right now most of the app launchers are incompatible with Android 9 Pie, so its best to download the Nova Launcher from the Google Play Store.
Once you open the Nova Launcher, long press the home screen and choose “Widgets”. In this section go to “Activities” then scroll down and tap “System UI” then choose “System UI demo mode” at the bottom.
Launch System UI Tuner
To launch the menu tap the widget, this will present you with two options, “Status bar” and “Do not disturb.” The Status bar option will manage which icons appear on the status bar.
You can disable the status option bar by simply turning off the toggle switch next to it. Apart from that Battery and Time are the other options without a toggle. Under the Battery option, you can control whether to display the battery percentage only during charging or always. Whereas under the Time option you will be able to display time not just hours and minutes, but seconds as well.
Let’s move over to the other option “Do Not Disturb” here you will view only one option “Volume buttons shortcut.” when you disable it you won’t be able to enter DND mode by lowering the volume to zero, then pressing volume down one more time.
Android 9 Pie offers some great tools to customize your Android experience through the System UI Tuner is not as robust as it used to be earlier. An experienced user would have already noticed it is a bit different from how you used to access it earlier. But still, it is worth to unlock it to clean up your status bar and to prevent accidental activation of Do Not Disturb mode.
Flappy Bird Game
Android has always amazed all of us with a surprise or two with each of its OS updates. We have noticed a number of versions on the About Phone page, reveals some animation or game relevant to the dessert the OS version is named after.
In the case of Android 9 Pie, you will find the popular Flappy Bird which is named as Flappy Droid hidden on your phone. The game has been around since the release of 5.0 Lollipop and been included with different environment and giant lollipops as obstacles you try to avoid. Later in the Marshmallow version, it included the giant marshmallows instead of the lollipops to match the Android dessert’s flavor.
The Marshmallow version of the game has been hidden and it’s no different when it comes to Android 9 Pie. Follow the steps mentioned below to unlock the Flappy Bird Game.
As we mentioned earlier go open the Nova Launcher on your phone, long press the home screen and select “Widgets.” In this section select “Activities.” Scroll down to select “System UI” from the drop-down menu and then select “Marshmallow Land.”
Once you select the widget will change to the “P” icon. Tap this icon to launch the game. Similarly, you can also find the Dessert Case Easter egg from older Android versions by following the same method.
You can start the game by simply tapping the widget and press the play button. You can customize the number of character you control while you try to avoid the obstacles. Apart from that you only need to tap the screen to keep the Android logo from running into obstacles………….. Easy! It’s a lot difficult than it looks.
Quick Launch the Clock App
The latest hidden feature in Android 9 Pie allows you to get to the Clock app instantly. You can launch the Clock App by tapping the time at the top left, which is visible in the Quick Settings menu either fully revealed or partially. In case you have more than one clock apps installed on your phone, you can pick anyone you wish to launch.
Quickly Launch Your Battery Information
Another hidden feature of Android 9 Pie official is it allows you to get into the Battery menu from any screen quickly. With the Quick Setting revealed either fully or partially, by selecting the battery icon in the top-right, you can quickly jump to the battery menu. It is quite a basic feature yet it is pretty neat.
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