Android 9 has launched - the details

Gerald Bowen
August 7, 2018

You need to have a Pixel running Android 9 Pie - which shouldn't be a problem since the over-the-air rollout of the update is in full swing already.

Google has released the next version of Android, and it's called Pie. Android Pie is set to roll out to Pixel devices today, just around two days before Samsung will take the stage in NY to unveil the Galaxy Note 9.

If you're going to perform the update, you'll want to set aside some time, as it does take quite a while to download the 1047.2MB software update.

Android 9 introduces a new navigation system and a single home button, too, added Google. This link sends you to Google's hub for all OTA images of Android released for every Pixel and Nexus device.

As a refresher, there are a lot of new features included in Android 9.0 Pie.

According to YouTuber Brandon Lee on his This is Tech Today channel, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will drop in on October 4, 2018. 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.

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Google announced the official name for the next version of Android, along with the update's initial release, Monday.

The Google Pixel 3 XL will probably feature a display notch, while the Pixel 3 will not, but its bezels will be a bit thicker because of it. Unlike Samsung, which keeps bringing its Note launches forward, Google isn't interested in beating new iPhones to market.

Overview Selection: Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you've selected (for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image).

Google's focus with the new version of Android was to have the operating system react more intelligently to users by learning about their habits and automatically adapting the battery, brightness, and apps to suit their needs depending on where they are and what time it is.

Then you just head to this page and sign up for the Digital Wellbeing beta.

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. To get to the phone's app drawer, you'll need to swipe up twice from the home button.

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