Android 9.0 Pie officially launched by Google


Five months after the first Android P Developer Preview was released, Google has officially unleashed Android 9.0 Pie.

Google today released Android 9.0 Pie to Pixel phones. The update is rolling out over the air, so if you’ve got a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL, keep an eye out for it. Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie, which is a great move by Essential.

We’ve gotten a peek at quite a few of Android 9.0 Pie’s features in recent months, but it’s worth taking a glance at them one more time now that the update is officially rolling out to the public. One of the biggest changes is the Android Pie offers a gesture-based navigation system, letting you swipe up to see the new Overview, which will let you see all your recent apps and even select text in them if you’re on a Pixel. You’ll see a Google Search bar and your dock in the Overview as well.


Google has added several new AI features to Android Pie, too. Adaptive Battery will learn which apps you use the most and prioritize battery to them, while Adaptive Brightness will figure out where you like your phone’s brightness in different settings and then set that for you. A feature called App Actions will try to predict what you want to do next with your phone, like help you navigate to work when you’re getting ready for a commute or suggest a Spotify playlist when you plug in headphones.

This fall, Google will also roll out a feature called Slices, which will show relevant info from your apps when you want it. For example, you may type “Lyft” into your Google Search bar and Slices will bring up fare info for your home and work and let you know how close the nearest car is, all without even launching the Lyft app.


Also coming to Pixel phones this fall is Digital Wellbeing. This actually encompasses several different features that all aim to help you improve your life. A Dashboard will show you how much you’ve been using your phone, while an App Timer will let you set limits on how much you can use an app each day. There’s a new Do Not Disturb and a feature called Wind Down that’ll combine Night Light and Do Not Disturb and also fade your screen to grayscale, all to help you get to sleep at night.


These Digital Wellbeing features will launch on Google Pixel phones in the fall, but if you’re eager to give ’em a try right now, you can sign up for the beta right here.

The update to Android 9.0 Pie is a big one that adds major new features, like the gesture navigation, while also helping you to understand your usage and better your life. There are some nice UI improvements in there, too, like more rounded design elements and a redesigned Quick Settings. If you’ve got a Pixel or Essential Phone, grab your Android Pie update today and be sure to let us know what you think of it!

Source: Google

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  • riverhorse

    Piña Colada woulda been a tastier name.
    This Android version is significant enough that any phone possibly not getting it is way devalued.

    • Deibid

      Piña colada is not a dessert and does not follow the proper nominclature.

      • riverhorse

        And it promotes alcohol consumption, i know.
        What’s the proper nomEnclature? One word? Just join it like Jellybean.

        • Deibid

          The proper nomenclature follows letters of desserts. Piña colada is not a dessert. Pie is. Oreo is.

        • riverhorse

          Never had a jelly bean for dessert.

        • Deibid

          Jelly bean is a candy. Candy is desert.

        • riverhorse

          I stand corrected. Never considered candy desSert.

        • riverhorse

          And…anyone treating me to dinner better NOT just cheaply hand me some candy after the main course, I want a FULL dessert.

      • wunderhund

        Says who? I’ll take a Piña Colada for dessert over an Oreo, piece of pie, or a cupcake any day. Matter of fact, I’ll take one for dessert and two before dinner. #ComeWithMeAndEscape

  • Jason Caprio

    Just got it on my Pixel 2 XL and so far I like it. Samsung users will get this in about 6 – 8 months lol

    • riverhorse

      Yeah, while version 10 is already in Preview Mode.

    • C Phelps

      Ok your point?

    • Phil7474

      I’m fine with that. I don’t like the new gesture feature anyway. Trying to be to much like Apple.

    • dl_crash

      I’d be surprised if any currently released TMO Samsung’s ever get pie.

  • SirStephenH

    Should have been named “Pi”.

    But hey, only one year till we all get updated to a then outdated Android 9.0. Not 9.1, 9.2, or whatever, but 9.0. Yea!

  • Philip

    They dont name after candy anymore?

    • KenLin

      Always been desserts, not just candy

      • thepanttherlady

        Never been named after a desert…js

        • JLP474

          Correct, it’s never been named after a large area of sand lol..

          Donut, Eclair, cupcake, etc etc…all sweets…desserts same difference.

        • thepanttherlady

          Glad to see someone caught that! =D

        • riverhorse

          Congrats on the Mod thingie.

        • thepanttherlady

          Where have you been? I’ve been a mod here for years! LOL

        • riverhorse

          But up until a couple of days ago, the Mod logo had never been visible…at least to me– Windows, Android, etc….so, I had no clue(like much of what i post about LOL). And from your pleasant demeanor, I never woulda suspected it either.

        • thepanttherlady

          Interesting. Well, now you know I’m watching…mwahahahaha!

  • npaladin2000

    Haven’t gotten it on my P2XL yet.

  • lomsha

    Well tmo should stop holding the update.

    • dl_crash

      All carrier should, but the chain actually fails before the carries. It goes google >> qualcomm >> manufacturer >> carrier >> user. Most updates are never pushed by the manufacturer.

  • Android_God

    Popup video ads on this garbage site now?

  • JLP474

    I’m offended Android doesn’t offer gluten free options.

  • The Borg

    When are they going to give fruitcake some love?

    • riverhorse

      I can just picture the headlines, the twits, the riots….

  • Plow Rox

    And the LG folks are still waiting for v8.1 its almost been a year since v8 dropped…