We know a lot of phones are yet to run on Oreo version 8.0 of Android but Google is definitely not relenting as it officially released the new version which is called Pie on the 9th of August. according to Gadgets Hacks it is already available on Google’s own pixel devices and updates will soon be available for other devices. it has some amazing features that we would love to share with you.
- All-in-One Home Button
Android Pie is doing away with the virtual home and recent apps buttons, replacing them with a single pill-shaped button that combines both functions and more. Taking a direct cue from the iPhone X, the new home pill performs multiple tasks, such as a small swipe gesture that reveals the overview screen, showing all your running apps. Of course, you can still use the pill-shaped button to take you back to the home screen simply by tapping on it.
One of the pillars of Android Pie is customers’ wellbeing. Google is attempting to protect its users from disengagement with the world by providing them the tools to limit their phone usage. This starts with what Google is calling “Dashboard,” which will be accessible via the new “App usage” menu.
Dashboard is a new menu option which shows you a list of all the apps you used for the day and the amount of time spent within each one. Google’s hope is that this information will limit your phone usage. Dashboard will even track the number of times you unlock your device (a number that will surprise you with how large it is, trust us).
- Shush Mode
Another new feature to protect your wellbeing is “Shush,” which is activated by placing your phone on a flat surface, screen down. Once you conduct this gesture, your device will automatically mute notifications and vibrations. In essence, it turns on Do Not Disturb Mode, but for everything — not just audible alerts.
- Wind down mode
“Wind Down” mode is a new tool that automatically activates Do Not Disturb mode at your bedtime, and it can be easily set using a Google Assistant command like the following.
“Hey Google, set Wind Down for 10 p.m”.
After setting the time you want to go to bed with “Night Light,” Do Not Disturb will be enabled and your phone slowly fades to grayscale. By fading your phone, the display becomes less appealing, which should discourage late-night phone usage. Wind Down will automatically turn off in the morning, returning your phone to normal.
- Adaptive Battery
As with most Android versions, Google is introducing new tools to improve optimization of the battery consumption. Android Pie adds a new features known as “Adaptive Battery” which targets idle battery management.
During standby, apps are grouped by a mechanism known as “app standby buckets.” Grouping is based on usage, with frequently used apps and tools being placed in higher tiers. Higher-tier buckets will allow uninterrupted use of background data. Lower tiers will be restricted, cutting down on battery consumption. According to the VP of engineering for Android, Dave Burke, at Google I/O, this results in a 30% reduction in CPU wakeups, which will correlate to better standby performance.
6. Volume Rocker Controls Media by Default
A common pet peeve of the Android community has been how the volume rocker operates. By default, on Android Oreo and older, the volume rocker would adjust the volume of the ringtone first, and only adjust the media volume after a song or video started playing.
While there are ways to change this (such as with Rocker Locker), our hope was for Android to eventually change the default operation. Well, Google heard us and it seems Android Pie contains this change.
With Android Pie, media controls are the default volume adjusted when using the volume rocker. In the new volume menu, Android 9.0 includes a toggle to adjust the ringer as well. With one tap, users can quickly toggle between “vibrate” and “mute.” For an in-depth breakdown of all the changes
- Multi-Camera Support
Android Pie allows developers to access streams from two different physical cameras simultaneously using the multi-camera API. This API requires either dual rear cameras (which most smartphones have nowadays) or dual front cameras. Using the multi-camera API, features such as seamless zoom by using each camera stream and improved bokeh effects are now possible in third-party apps.
Android Pie also includes several additional camera improvements, such as a new Session parameter which will reduce the time need to capture to take a photo, and an API for display-based flash support. Additionally, Android 9.0 includes support for external USB/UVC cameras.