It’s still winter here on the East Coast, making it seem like we’re trapped in a terrible Groundhog Day scenario, but we’re getting through it.Circuit Breaker Live is getting us through.The show, as usual, will be live today at 4PM ET on YouTube here or above.Today’s episode will have a vague Pi theme: we’re showing off Android P (Android Pie?)Dan Seifert’s also bringing Chinese smartphones onto the show, and he will discuss why they haven’t broken through in the US market.Finally, Nilay, Paul, and I will take your calls for Emotional Tech Support.
A recent comment posted on the Chromium board indicates that Chrome OS may completely skip Android “Oreo” (v8.x) and support Android “P” (v9.x) when it arrives later this year.Right now, compatible Chromebooks support Android “Nougat” (v7.x) while smartphone manufacturers are still working on rolling Oreo out to customers before the end of 2018.The developer preview of Android “P” is already available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.As with Android “Oreo,” the rollout across millions of devices will be a long update process well into late 2019.Despite the web-centric nature of Chrome OS, Google introduced support for Google Play and Android apps in 2016 providing many Chromebook owners with the best of both worlds.“Parfait” would be a more fitting choice given Google used cold deserts with three other Android builds: v2.0 “Éclair,” v2.2 “Froyo,” and v4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.” But given that Google cycles through an assortment of deserts, Android Pie works just as well.
Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 4,200 total votes, 31.3 percent of Android Authority readers said Android P will be called Peppermint, while 27.7 percent voted for Popsicle.Android Pancake came in at 17.3 percent, and 13.1 percent voted for Android Pie.That’s just from our website, though — Android Peppermint garnered 46 percent of the votes on our YouTube poll, and 42 percent on Twitter.Picture this: You’re in a heated debate with a friend about whether or not Star Wars is considered science fiction or science fantasy.So, you fire up your computer, type in your question, and you’re greeted with a notice: “To gain access to Google Search, you must renew your subscription.”That sounds ridiculous, but only because we’ve grown accustomed to Google giving out all its services for free (by ‘free’ I mean it doesn’t cost us any money).
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you make a mobile operating system, and somewhere along the line, you decided whimsically to name major updates after alphabetical dessert foods.“K” and “O” are admittedly tough, but that’s nothing that little bit of clever cross-branding can’t fix.Who doesn’t love a good Kit-Kat or Oreo?There are a ridiculous number of options for the consonant.If this was Android 3.14, maybe, sure.But Slices jokes aside, Android 9.0 Pie feels like a missed opportunity.
Google has officially announced the next major version of Android, 9.0 Pie.Artificial intelligence seems to be the buzzword to use lately, and this new version of Android is all about it.Whether it’s being used to save battery or help you fall asleep at the right time, AI is very much at the center of Android 9.0 Pie.There are a bunch of dessert names that start with the letter P, and many of you were split since the beginning.We asked you back in April what you thought Android P would be called, and most of our readers voted for Android Peppermint, followed by Android Pancake, then Android Pie.If you’ve been following our Android P coverage over the past few months, you won’t find a ton of new things in this release.
Google has finally released the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie, and it’s already available for Pixel phones.Method 1: Download the OTA updateTo try out Android Pie on your Pixel, head over to your phone’s settings menu, select System, System update, then Check for update.If you don’t want to wait for the OTA update, we’ve got instructions for you on how to install Android Pie via factory images and OTA files.Here’s how to do it:Google has already posted Android Pie factory images and OTA files for all four Pixel phones.
Lacking neither underlying features or surface polish, Android 9 Pie is the most complete, comprehensive and consistent version of Android yet.For Google, there are three main themes to Pie: intelligence, simplicity and digital wellbeing.A note on this Android 9 Pie review: The software experience I’m referring to below is based on the Android Pie version found on the Google Pixel 2.It can be toggled on and off in the Display settings under Gestures > Swipe up on home button.These are the Android Pie gesture controls:Long press for Google Assistant
Android Pie is the official name of Google's Android P operating system, and the final software is now available on Pixel phones today and coming to additional devices throughout this year and next year.It's a feature-filled Android 9 Pie update, with design changes, helpful shortcuts, and a big focus on AI through adaptive settings.Good news for Sony, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential phone users as well as qualifying Android One devices.This is typical of Android updates, especially in the US where carrier approval is required.Current auto-brightness settings aren't good enough, according to Google, and that's why it's giving phone makers a more power efficient way to calibrate phone screen brightness based on both the environment and learned behavior.That's what we experiencing when running Android Pie on a Pixel 2.
Google has just released the final version of its Android P software, which was first previewed at the company's annual developer conference back in May.This also means that we're finally learning what "P" stands for, after months of online debate.In keeping with Google's dessert-themed naming convention for its mobile OS, the new software is simply named "Pie"—although, as many will be quick to point out, not all pies are dessert pies.In many ways, the rollout of Android Pie is just a formality; the most recent beta release, Android P Beta 4, was really close to the final build.Google says devices that were a part of the developer preview program—those from Sony, Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, Essential, and more—along with some Android One phones, will get the new software in the fall.In the new Android Pie, the familiar lineup of three navigation icons at the bottom of the phone has been replaced by a single, pill-shaped icon in the bottom center of the screen.
Android 9 Pie was released this morning to the masses by Google for Pixel Phones first and foremost.Other devices were given the chance to download Android Pie over the course of the next few weeks – or they will be, if all goes according to plan.One of the other devices that’ll get Android 9 Pie rather quickly (again, if all goes as planned), is the OnePlus 6.If you’re using a Google Pixel device, you’ll want to check whether you have access to Android 9 Pie now.In Settings, move down and tap System.In System, tap Advanced, then “System update.” If you’re part of the Android Beta program, you might see something different from everyone else.
Android Pie could be one of the most consequential Android updates in years.Not only is Google changing the way Android is navigated, but it’s also changing the way we interact with our phones — and how our phones interact with us.The update’s overarching goals are to make our phones less distracting and less stressful and to give people control over how much of their attention they suck up.It’s all about taking on notification and app overload.Here are the biggest highlights:There’s a lot of new stuff in Android Pie, but for my money, this is the biggest deal.
Android Pie, the new version of Google's mobile operating system, previously called Android P, comes first to the search giant's Pixel smartphones starting Monday.Google initially announced a preview version of the software in March, then demoed some features at its annual I/O developer conference in May.People who signed up for the Android Beta program, which lets you try out pre-released versions of the software, will receive the update by the "end of this fall," if they have devices from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential.Google said it's also working with other partners to launch or upgrade devices with Android Pie "this year," though the company didn't provide additional detail on exactly when those updates would come.Android is the dominant mobile operating system on the planet, powering almost 9 out of every 10 smartphones shipped globally.So updates in the software could eventually signal changes for how most of the world uses its phones.
Google is rolling out the latest version of the Android operating system to Pixel and Essential Phone users.This is Android 9.0, dubbed Android "Pie" by Google.The rest of the features will come in the fall.It's unclear when phones that aren't made by Google or Essential will get the update.Those features include Adaptive Battery, which uses AI to learn which apps you use at what time of the day, and prioritizes battery towards those apps.There's also Adaptive Brightness, which learns how you adjust your brightness settings in different lighting situations and automatically changes the display's brightness.
After unveiling Android 9.0 Pie yesterday, Google has unveiled a pie-themed statue at the company’s headquarters.Just like with the Nougat statue, this year’s sculpture consists of a bugdroid standing next to a pie.Now it’s time to start speculating about Android Q’s name.Unlike last year, Google didn’t host an event to unveil the name of Android P. Instead, the company chose to announce Android 9.0 Pie through a blog post.But in typical Google fashion, the search giant finished the day by uncovering a large Android Pie sculpture that will sit at the entrance to the company’s Mountain View headquarters.In years past, Google has worked with its sculpture maker to create fun and unique statues that incorporated the bugdroid and that year’s tasty treat.
Palm’s smartphone return appears to still be on track for 2018.Last year, an executive at TCL confirmed that the dearly departed mobile brand would be making a comeback as part of the smartphone conglomerate’s portfolio, and with a little under five months left in the year, the ‘PVG100′ has hit the FCC and WiFi alliance.The handset was spotted by Android Police, but we don’t really have much more to go on than a name and a couple of WiFi bands.As the site notes, however, the absence of 5GHz support leads one to surmise that this won’t exactly be a barn-burning flagship.The handset also looks to be running Android 8.1 — not really a surprise, given that Android Pie is still limited to Pixel and a smattering of other devices.We’ve reached out to TCL for more information, but I don’t anticipate hearing much until the phone is officially official.
In a piece of good news for the troubled manufacturer, Essential has announced its PH-1 phone has become the first non-Google phone to receive the latest Android operating system on the day of release.Though this is a welcome development for the Android OS in general, Essential's own future is uncertain.While the company says that its PH-1 phone will continue to receive updates such as Pie for at least two years the CEO said in May that he is considering selling the company.Officially released yesterday on Google's own Pixel phones, Android Pie brings with it a new interface, including a now-popular dark mode, and accommodations for phones with a camera "notch" such as the Essential phone.Essential says the early update to Pie was made possible by Google's Project Treble -- a program which began with Oreo and is designed to enable quicker updates by compartmentalising the software for both chipset makers and wireless carriers.Meanwhile, one of Apple's favorite slides at its iOS announcements is the adoption rate for the latest OS of Android and Apple, with Apple typically way in front.
The latest version of Android is available now (on some phones, at least), it costs nothing, and it's a strong step up from the previous version of Google's excellent smartphone operating system.I've been using Android Pie (Android version 9.0) for just shy of 24 hours at this point, and I'm already convinced it's the best version of Google's already best-in-class smartphone software — with a few minor caveats.Now: The 1 best thing about Android Pie is a lot of smart, subtle changes.Everything seems a little friendlier, with softer edges and bright colors taking center stage.What stood out most, immediately, was the subtle updates to the resting home screen: Now, instead of just displaying time and date in the middle, it also has a tiny weather bug.They're totally small — agreed.
Vivo has confirmed the Android 9.0 Pie update will roll out to its users later this year.In an email, Vivo told Android Authority that consumers can expect the update in Q4 2018, though it didn’t provide a more precise time frame.Vivo also didn’t discuss which devices would receive the update, but the Vivo X21 (above) seems likely (we enquired about that handset specifically).The pop-up camera-wielding Vivo Nex could also be among the first Vivo devices to get the new Android version.In response to our questions on when we could expect Pie, Vivo said:Designing for consumers’ needs continues to be Vivo’s top priority.
Though we don't expect to see the rumored Google Pixel 3 introduced officially until this fall, we may have gotten a sneak preview from a Ukrainian Telegram user.As reported by Android Police, Telegram user @LuchkovCH has posted an extensive series of photos (and a brief unboxing video) of what they say is a Pixel 3 XL final production unit.CNET has not independently confirmed the authenticity of any of these photos or videos, and Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The new photos show a phone that looks very similar to the purported Pixel 3 XL in photos posted to the XDA Developers forum in early June.Both sets of images show a white handset with a significant iPhone X-style notch on the front display.Google released Android Pie on Monday, and we know that the new version of the OS supports phones with notches.
Google has officially released Android 9 Pie, the latest big update of the company’s mobile operating system.It’s got a new look, gesture navigation, more AI smarts, and, if you sign up for the beta, Digital Wellbeing tools to help you gain a better understanding of your smartphone usage.Instead, I want to highlight some of the cooler, under-the-radar features that Google built into Android 9.0.Android Pie remembers your volume preference for each Bluetooth deviceSpeaking of Bluetooth, we’ve all had that ear-piercing moment when your wireless headphones or your car’s audio system just blast sound cranked up to 11 when you first connect them to your phone.Android 9.0 remembers the last volume level for paired devices.
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