Android Pie update, features, release date and phones list
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Google’s Android Pie update launched earlier this month in an effort to make your phone more personal, more efficient, and overall easier to use.
It’s is splendid feature-filled operating system update with one big catch that will have you asking: when is the Android 9 Pie release date for my phone?
Good news for some of you: the final software is on Pixel phones and the Essential Phone. More will be added to the list – which we will update in detail below.
The truth is the Android Pie release date will be staggered for many people, with manufacturers like Samsung, LG and others (and in the US, the carriers) required to tweak the software. It’ll launch in 2018 for some, but in many cases you’ll have to wait until 2019.
What awaits for noticable design changes, helpful shortcuts, and a big focus on AI through adaptive settings. We have a full Android Pie features list below, too, along with a phones list detailing which devices are compatible.
Now that the Android P beta is over, let’s move on to what you’ll see with Android Pie when it comes to your phone.
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Cut to the chase
- What is Android Pie? It’s Android 9, the newest version of Android
- When can get you Android Pie? Right now on select phones, 2018-2019 for others
- How much will Android Pie cost? It will be a free update
Android Pie release date
This… is complicated.
Android Pie release date: rollout has started
You can download Android Pie today on Pixel phones via a free over-the-air update. It started ‘rolling out’ on Monday, August 6, according to Google. You should see it in the software update menu by now.
The Essential Phone is also getting Android 9 Pie straight away, with Essential announcing, ‘We’re proud to bring Android 9 Pie to Essential Phone the same day it’s released! Check your phone now for the update’, and adding an on-point pie emoji.
Check out our reviews of the phones getting Android Pie first:
Android Pie release date: soon (by December 21)
- HMD Global
- Select Android One phones
Good news awaits owners of newer Sony, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus phones, as well as ‘qualifying’ Android One devices. Google says these companies, which all participated in the Android Pie beta (as did Essential), will issue the update by the end of autumn (that’s in the northern hemisphere, which is officially over on Friday, December 21. That’s where we get that date).
Sony is more specific, saying that in November the Android Pie update will come to the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact. What about XA2, XA2 Ultra, XA2 Plus? They’re slated to get the upgrade in for early 2019. What about the X2RBGW? We just made that up to see if you were still paying attention.
Motorola – not part of the beta – is vague with its date, but specific about which phones will get the update by December 21: Moto Z3, Moto Z3 Play, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z2 Play, Moto X4, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6, and Moto G6 Play.
Android Pie release date: later (2018-2019)
What about an Android Pie release date for Samsung, LG and other top phones? We expect many manufacturers to announce launch dates over the course of the next several months and into next year, as per usual. This is typical of Android updates, especially in the US where carrier approval is required.
For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 just launched, but it and the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus likely won’t get the update until the Galaxy S10 or Samsung Galaxy X launch early next year. that’s what happened with the Note 8, S8, and S8 Plus earlier this year.
There’s one more set of devices that could get Android Pie very soon: the rumored Google Pixel 3 phones, which we suspect will launch in October (October 4 to be specific) with Android Pie. All of the Pixel 3 phones are still unannounced.
On to the major Android Pie features
Android Pie has been designed to give you a more consistent battery by using on-device machine learning to figure out which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you won’t use until later, if at all today.
With 30% reeducation in CPU app wake-ups for apps, adaptive batteryhelped us eke out a few more hours of device use when we tested it. And now the software is final, so it should be even better.
Google partnered with Deep Mind to refine its deep learning algorithms and it’s having a big effect on Android battery life, according to Dave Burke, Google’s VP of Engineering for Android. Adaptive brightness is the most meaningful new Android Pe feature in our own deep minds.
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