Google recently released its Android 9 operating system, following a brief beta testing period.
The latest version of Android – also called Android Pie – includes a bunch of new features aimed at enhancing the smartphone experience and UI.
Android 9 supports built-in AI features which automatically prioritize battery power for apps based on usage algorithms.
Android 9 will be released with Google’s Pixel devices first, but there are a number of smartphones set to receive the update soon – thanks to their cooperation with Google and its Android One programme.
One of the biggest changes to be expected with the latest version of Android is a new navigation system, along with a single home button.
Other useful features include gesture-based controls for handsets without home buttons and digital wellness tools which allow users to check and balance how much time they spend on their smartphones.
A new Slices feature brings relevant information to the search results for your favorite apps, allowing you to access relevant data without opening the app.
Android 9 also supports notched displays and tall aspect ratios to make sure it will remain compatible with smartphone design trends.
with a standardized biometric authentication, prompt Android 9 supports encryption of Android backups in security priorities.
While apps are running in the background, this OS will also restrict app access to your hardware. It also displays a notification on your device if an app is using a certain sensor; making sure if some third party app accesses anonymously.
Now that Android 9 has officially released, Google Pixel and Essential PH-1 users can download the update.
“Devices that participated in the Beta programme from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall,” said Google.
The rollout schedule for each confirmed device is outlined below.
– Google Pixel
– Google Pixel XL
– Google Pixel 2
– Google Pixel 2 XL
– Essential PH-1
Launching Soon (Beta available)
– Oppo R15 Pro
– OnePlus 6
– Sony Xperia XZ2
– Vivo X21
– Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
– Nokia 7 Plus
– HTC U11
– HTC U11 Life
– Moto G6
– Moto G6 Plus
– Moto G6 Play
– Nokia 1
– Nokia 2
– Nokia 3
– Nokia 5
– Nokia 6
– Nokia 6 (2nd Gen)
– Nokia 7
– Nokia 8
– Nokia 8 Sirocco
The smartphones listed above include devices which have Android 9, were part of the Beta programme, Android One devices, or have been confirmed by their manufacturer to receive the update in the future, Say ‘Cheers’ if you’ve any of the above phones in your hands right now.
The timeline for the rollout of Android 9 to smartphones may also be affected on a country or network basis, which is a huge issue for South Africans.
Other major companies such as Huawei and Samsung are also set to adopt the new operating system after customizing it for their devices – but neither has confirmed a rollout window.