Android Pie is Fresh Out Of The Oven
Today Google officially dubbed the newest version of the Android operating system as Pie! Along with this naming they’ve also released the first official version of it to Pixel phones. Android users around the world are debating whether this was the right dessert name or not, but either way we know that Pie has some great things in store for us.
The Build Up:
Over the past few months we’ve seen a few beta version of Pie released on a series of smartphones, but this official release is only available on Pixel phones. People who signed up for the Android Beta program will receive the update by the end of this fall though. Google also said it’s working to launch/upgrade other devices sometime this year.
Those details are pretty vague, and if Pie behaves anything like other Android versions, it could be over a year before it’s adoption rate breaks double digit percentages. All the same it’s officially available to Pixel users and it has a name. That’s plenty for now, but let’s also not forget that Pie is available in its beta format on a number of different devices.
A review of Pie:
We’ve talked about Pie and its cool new features a few times here at RootJunky.com. The new software is designed with predictive analytics and AI for battery power as some of the main features. The idea is to improve things behind the scene for users. Pie monitors and adjusts screen brightness as well as what apps are in the background during different times of the day. It gets used to user’s habits, and then preps itself in advance to recreate that behavior. AI is definitely a buzz-word, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have some perks.
It also features an official dark mode option in settings, something Android user’s have been asking for for years. Notifications also offer features such as smart replies for texting and a new feel to them, so the changes in this version are both front and back end.
Aaand the Notch:
Of course when we’re talking about new looks we have to mention the notch. It’s taken a hold of both the iOS and Android markets so much that Google has actually come out and banned phones with more than 3 notches from getting Google support. Somewhat crazy to even think more than 3 notches could exist on a phone right now, but you never know!
One more feature that I have to mention that I’m very excited for is the change to rotation. Instead of just locking your rotation or having it rotate every time you accidentally turn your screen, you now have optional re-orientation. Android Pie will display a small button when it detects a screen rotation, and if you select this then the phone knows to readjust, and if not then you can continue doing things as you were, undisturbed.
The Pixel 3 will be coming out on October 4th just a few months from now, and it will likely be the first phone to be released with Pie as it’s initial operating system, but Pie is now available to those who are willing to take the steps to get it. I’m excited to see it grow this year, and I’m also very interested to see what Q is going to be named.
What are your thoughts on Pie’s name? Could Google have done better? And if so, do you think it’s new features will make up for it? Let us know in the comments below.