Google has officially announced the next major version of Android, 9.0 Pie. Best of all, if you don't want to wait for the update to reach your phone via an over-the-air update, you can download the factory images from Google right now.
Those that have the Essential Phone and have yet to see the update notification pop up can always head into the settings menu, enter the system settings, and tap "update".
"We're also working with a number of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year".
Highly anticipated: A marketing post allegedly made by Google on Famebit shows that the Pixel 3 will be launching on October 4. It is said that the company has confirmed to YouTube influencers in Canada that the new Pixel family will debut on October 4.
Now, technically there is no way to know if this listing was posted by Google or one of its agencies, or whether this is a mistake, so a small dose of salt should be taken regarding this launch date.
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Android Pie's other biggest change is a new suite of tools Google is calling "digital wellbeing" - features that are meant to help limit how much time you spend with your phone in the first place.
If you hop into the app switcher and then realize you want to exit it, either swipe down from the dock (the shaded area near the bottom) or tap the back button that appears to the left of the home pill.
Android 9 learns and adapts to usage patterns and comes with features like Adaptive Battery, which learns the apps you use most and prioritises battery for them.
You can activate the Wind Down feature so that at night, as you get close to bedtime, your device goes into Do Not Disturb mode and your screen fades to grayscale to help you disconnect.