Google is dropping a major surprise on us today and releasing the final consumer-ready version of Android P. It has a final name: the version number is "9" (not "9.0"), and we know what the "P" stands for: "Pie".
Android fans can today download the latest version of Google's hugely popular mobile OS. You may even get a notification alerting you that the Android 9 update is available.
If you're going to perform the update, you'll want to set aside some time, as it does take quite a while to download the 1047.2MB software update. The phone will also attempt to predict what apps you like to run by displaying short-cuts to them during certain pairs of the day. Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie, which is a great move by Essential.
First a radical new updated design leaked that showed that Google had gone back to the drawing board with its well-reviewed but disappointingly sold Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, and returned with a device that - especially in its larger incarnation - looked a lot like the iPhone X.
Google has developed a new battery manager with AI technology. It is said that the company has confirmed to YouTube influencers in Canada that the new Pixel family will debut on October 4.
If you've been using the Android P beta, you may not even notice that much has changed when you power your Pixel up; Digital Wellbeing is still a separate opt-in beta, while Slices, which inserts app UI experiences into search results and Google Assistant, won't arrive until the fall. Other hardware such as a new smartwatch and potentially new wireless earbuds may also be revealed at the Made by Google annual event. With Digital Wellbeing, Google wants Android users to take better control of their screen time and will come with controls that will let you limit your screen time across applications and wind down at time.
Android 9 learns and adapts to usage patterns and comes with features like Adaptive Battery, which learns the apps you use most and prioritises battery for them. To get to the phone's app drawer, you'll need to swipe up twice from the home button.