Google Releases Android 9 Pie

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Google has officially named their latest iteration of the Android operating system, and for anyone that had "Pie" in their office betting pool, you win.

The first phones to get the Android 9 Pie are going to be Google's own Pixels, aka official Android phones.

App actions is also a core part of this release that tries to predict what you will do next and display that action on the screen.

Alternatively, you can keep swiping right until you see the Clear all text at the very end of the list. Instead of a trio of buttons along the bottom of the screen, each one representing a different navigation method, Android 9 Pie uses gestures.

Google has named its annual Android refresh after desserts, Android Pie followed Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat, Jellybean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, Fro-yo, Eclair and Donut.

New system navigation: Re-design of Android's system navigation to help make it simpler to search and move between apps.

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With Digital Wellbeing you get a Dashboard that lets you quickly glance at how much time you're spending on your device and which apps you're using the most. You can scroll left and right through all of the apps that show up here, and when you want to open one, either tap on it or slide down on it as if you're dragging it to the bottom of your phone.

Beyond the bigger, more noticeable improvements with Android 9.0 Pie are hundreds of smaller ones, including security and privacy improvements such as DNS over TLS, encrypted backups, Protected Confirmations and more.

The program isn't now ready for wide release, but users can sign up to take part in a Digital Wellbeing beta to help Google test the feature before it officially launches this fall by signing up here. But these features are available in beta now for Pixel phones running Android 9. The update will arrive with a slew of new features created to accomplish just that, including new device brightness and battery management tools.

An app timer is kind of like parental controls, but for yourself, because you can't stop using your smartphone? Smart Text Selection, which will recognize the meaning of text you're selecting and suggest actions, also works in Overview.

Soon after, you'll get an email with an invite to begin testing digital wellness. More details at the link below!

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