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Essential Rolling Out Android Pie Update Minutes After Google’s Announcement

Essential Rolling Out Android Pie Update Minutes After Google’s Announcement”

Google appears to have inadvertently shared the launch date for its long-awaited Pixel 3 smartphone - and is apparently looking for "influencers" to review the phone for up to $10,000 a pop. It does come with support for a few gestures that are similar to what we have seen in the iPhone X. But despite keeping the same material design - now whiter and flatter - it is definitely a bigger release than the Android 8 was compared to the Android 7. The name is something of a damp squib and now the game of wait-and-see-if-I-actually-get-the-update begins. There's still a home button, as well as a back button (which has a new, minimalist look), but there's no longer a dedicated button for app-switching. If you've got a Pixel or Essential Phone, grab your Android Pie update today and be sure to let us know what you think of it!

Navigation aside, Android Pie is also the most personalized version of Android yet.

A new feature, called app actions, for example, will suggest app-specific shortcuts based on your habits.

App actions is also a core part of this release that tries to predict what you will do next and display that action on the screen.

Well, now it would seem that the Google is even keener to position the Google Pixel 3 range as a direct alternative to the new iPhones, as its launch date has just leaked and, yes you guessed it, it is smack bang in the middle of Apple's new iPhone launch window.

Other AI-driven features are more subtle. Google is ready to go with OTA files and full system images for the 2016 and 2017 Pixel devices.

"We've built Android 9 to learn from you - and work better for you - the more you use it". Google says: "Don't worry about changing your brightness - your phone learns how you like to set it and automatically adjusts". A Dashboard will show you how much you've been using your phone, while an App Timer will let you set limits on how much you can use an app each day. You won't need an unlocked bootloader, but you will need a computer with ADB running.



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