Google's latest mobile software iteration, Android 9 Pie has got lots of tricks and options available for users, whether you're just getting on with your first taste of Pie, or you've been on Android 9 for a while now, there's certainly something new to discover.
While many OEMs modify the original Android operating system to infuse their own unique features and UI experiences, some fundamental functionality remains the same, but may look quite different on certain devices.
Here, we'd be highlighting Android 9 Pie's most common features, and showcasing its distinct functionality from earlier versions of the renown operating system.
Unique Features of Android 9 Pie
- Adaptive Battery & Brightness: Android 9 Pie makes your phone even smarter through learning from you and adapting to your usage patterns. With features like Adaptive Battery, which learns the apps you use most and prioritizes battery for them, and Adaptive Brightness, learns how you set the brightness in different settings, and does it automatically for you.
- Navigation System: Android 9 Pie brings a new gesture navigation system that makes it easier to get to the app drawer by swiping up from the navigation bar twice, and also by doing a long-swipe up from the screen bottom to halfway point or higher. And either of those gestures will work from anywhere on your phone, not just from your home screen.
- Gesture Commands: Android 9 Pie's gesture commands for moving between apps via swiping right to scrolling between recently used apps will work from anywhere in the navigation bar area, and there's no need to begin with your finger on the base.
- App Actions: This nifty feature helps you get things done faster, by predicting what you’ll want to do next based on context and displays action right on your phone. Pie will try to guess what you're up to next and offer you specific commands within apps, like you’re preparing for your commute, it will suggest actions like navigation on Google Maps.
More Control Options for Android 9 Pie
The coolest options of all is that you can select and copy any text within an image right from the overview screen, such as words in a screenshot, or even words within a website. And you can copy selected text, or share it to any of the social media apps.
Android 9 Pie offer some more powerful commands, by touching and holding your finger on text within an app's card to select the text and take action on it: like copying, sharing, or even performing some context-specific actions like navigating to an address, or opening a website's URL.
Additionally, you can press and hold an image within an app's thumbnail overview, an image on a web page and share it to any other app on your smartphone.