Android Pie: Everything you need to know about Android 9

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Following last year’s Oreo release,2018 is the year of Android 9 Pie.

Google’s latest flavor of Android is jam-packed with all sorts of new features,including a brand-new gesture navigation system,new UI elements,and a heap of under-the-hood tweaks that aim to make this the best version of Android to date.

Without further ado,here’s everything you need to know about Pie!

The latest Android Pie news
August 27,2018 — Android Pie brings full Xbox One controller support with button mapping fix

If you’re fortunate enough to already have a phone running Android Pie,you may notice it works much better when paired with an Xbox One controller for gaming. As of Android’s latest update,Google has added full support for Microsoft’s controller,correcting some button mapping issues that players were experiencing prior to Pie’s release.

Though Xbox controllers have been shipping with Bluetooth on board for some time,the experience of pairing them up with an Android device hasn’t exactly been smooth. A number of users have reported issues with button mapping that hinder their usefulness. But,as spotted by XDA Developers (via The Verge),a Google engineer recently closed a bug report related to the problem on its issue tracker. “This bug should be fixed in P,” the engineer said,noting that the bug report is now marked as fixed.

This is big news for a large swathe of games,where ditching your digits for the elegance of a controller may be preferable. CNET reports,for example,that Fortnite will soon add Bluetooth controller support,making it much easier for those looking to jump between Xbox and mobile to do so without losing the finesse of a controller. This could potentially be big news for a future where Xbox games are streamed to mobile devices for triple-A gaming on the go.

August 23,2018 — App Actions pops up in the Play Store

App Actions — the Android Pie feature that uses machine learning to predict what you want to do with various apps — now has its own listing on the Google Play Store.

Listed as “Action Services”,the new item is listed under the Tools category and is described as “Predicting next actions using on-device machine learning.”

Even if you see this in the Play Store,there’s no actual app shortcut or anything for it. Instead,it’s simply there for easier updates going forward as Google evolves the service.

Are you seeing Action Services in the Play Store on your Pie device?

All the big details
Android P is officially Android 9 Pie
No Popsicles or Pineapples here. On August 6,2018,Google revealed that its next version of Android is Android 9 Pie.

Along with the name change,the number this year is also slightly different. Rather than following the trend of 7.0,8.0,etc.,Pie is referred to as 9. This probably doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things,but it’s still an interesting move on Google’s part.

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