Google finalizes Android P as Android 9 "Pie", launching today

Android 9 Pie

I'm not exactly sad that Google passed up another branding opportunity - after Android Kit-Kat and Android Oreo, we didn't really need Android Pop-Tart - but would it have been that hard to have Android Pumpkin Pie?

The Pixel phones have been widely praised for their photographic capability but, perhaps more importantly, they are also at the forefront of any Android updates.

Starting today, the company is pushing out an over-the-air update to Pixel phones to deliver the update. Google has responded to these changes with revamped navigational controls.

To check to see if the update is live, head into Settings System System Update. There's still a home button, as well as a back button (which has a new, minimalist look), but there's no longer a dedicated button for app-switching. Swiping up from below brings up the app selection menu and swiping from the bottom to the right takes you to a multitasking screen where you can switch between whatever apps you might have open.

You can find out more over on the Android Pie website. Throughout the update, the system will learn from your habits to automatically make adjustments and suggestions.

Android 9 Pie
Android 9 Pie has launched with Google finally lifting the lid on its latest software version

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.

It's no secret that Google will launch Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in the coming months, but the exact release date has proved elusive.

The first official build of Android 9 has build number PPR1.180610.009 for most of us. Adaptive Brightness will learn how you like your brightness settings in different applications.

The ad mentions a Google Pixel 3 launch date of October 4, and says Google is looking for Canadian influencers to review the new phone, in a move some are interpreting as an imitation of Apple's marketing techniques. 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.

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