Android Pie

Android Pie
A version of the Android operating system
Android P Developer Preview 1 home screen with Pixel Launcher on the Google Pixel 2
Developer Google
August 6, 2018 (2018-08-06)
Latest release 9.0.0 (PPR1.180610.011)[1] / August 6, 2018 (2018-08-06)
Preceded by Android 8.1 "Oreo"
Official website
Support status

Android "Pie" (codenamed Android P during development) is the ninth major update and the 16th version of the Android operating system.


It was first announced by Google on March 7, 2018,[2] and the first developer preview was released on the same day.[3] The second preview, considered beta quality, was released on May 8, 2018.[4] The third preview, called Beta 2, was released on June 6, 2018.[5] The fourth preview, called Beta 3, was released on July 2, 2018.[6] The final beta of Android P was released on July 25, 2018.[7]

Android "P" was officially released on August 6, 2018 as "Android 9 Pie"[8] and is available for Google Pixel devices and the Essential Phone.[9]

Google announced it will release Android 9 Pie (Go Edition), the lite version of Android Pie, in autumn.[10]

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is going to be the first device with Android Pie pre-installed [11]


User experience

  • New user interface for the quick settings menu.[12]
  • The clock has moved to the left of the notification bar.[13]
  • Battery saver no longer shows an orange overlay on the notification and status bars.[12]
  • A "Screenshot" button has been added to the power options.[13]
  • Rounded corners across the graphical user interface.
  • New transitions for switching between apps, or activities within apps.
  • Richer messaging notifications, where a full conversation can be had within a notification, full scale images, and smart replies akin to Google's new app, Reply.
  • Support for display cutouts.[4]
  • Redesigned volume slider, which is now located next to the device's physical volume button.
  • Battery percentage now shown in Always-On Display.
  • Experimental features (which are currently hidden within a menu called Feature Flags) such as a redesigned About Phone page in settings, and automatic Bluetooth enabling while driving.
  • HEIF support.
  • A new gesture-based system interface, similar to the one found on the iPhone X and other devices.[14]
  • Redesigned, horizontal multitask app switcher with Google search bar and app drawer built in.
  • A "Digital Wellbeing" feature which discourages excessive usage of your phone which will launch officially on Pixel phones this fall.[8]
  • A "Shush" feature launches Do Not Disturb mode when the phone is placed face down, only allowing notifications from Starred Contacts.[15][16]
  • An adaptive battery feature that maximizes battery power by prioritizing the apps you're most likely to use next.
  • Improved adaptive brightness feature which modifies screen brightness based on personal preferences.
  • New back button icon in navigation bar if gesture navigation is enabled.
  • Manual theme selection.
  • Rotation Lock button indicates in navigation bar if the device is in locked rotation mode.
  • Adds controller mapping for the Xbox One S wireless controller[17]


  • Multi Camera Access useful for accessing dual cameras for stereo-vision
  • Camera Intrinsic Calibrations for rectified images
  • Wifi-RTT for indoor positioning
  • New image and Video encoder and decoders
  • AptX Adaptive compression algorithm for better latency and better quality sound via Bluetooth.[18]


  • A new "Lockdown" mode which disables biometric authentication once activated, which will be disabled once the user used their password to login.
  • DNS over TLS.[19]

See also


  1. "Android Source". Google Git. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  2. El Khoury, Rita. "Google announces Android P: Notch support, multi-camera API, indoor positioning, and more". Android Police. Illogical Robot LLC. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. Whitwam, Ryan. "Android P developer preview images and OTA files are now live, but no beta program yet". Android Police. Illogical Robot LLC. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. 1 2 Burke, Dave (May 8, 2018). "What's new in Android P Beta". Android Developers Blog. Google. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. Burke, Dave (June 6, 2018). "Android P Beta 2 and final APIs!". Android Developers Blog. Google. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  6. Burke, Dave (July 2, 2018). "Android P Beta 3 is now available". Android Developers Blog. Google. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. Burke, Dave (July 25, 2018). "Final preview update, official Android P coming soon!". Android Developers Blog. Google. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  8. 1 2 Samat, Sameer (August 6, 2018). "Android 9 Pie: Powered by AI for a smarter, simpler experience that adapts to you". The Keyword. Google. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  9. "Android 9 Pie features, release date and phones list". TechRadar. August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  10. Kamdar, Sagar (August 15, 2018). "Android 9 Pie (Go edition): New features and more options this fall". The Keyword. Google. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  11. "Sony Xperia XZ3 unveiled: Big, curved OLED display!". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  12. 1 2 Rahman, Mishaal (March 7, 2018). "Here's Everything New in Android P Developer Preview 1 for the Google Pixel/XL and Pixel 2/XL". XDA Developers. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  13. 1 2 Welch, Chris (March 7, 2018). "The biggest early visual changes in Android P". The Verge. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  14. Wright, Arol (May 11, 2018). "Everything New in Android P Developer Preview 2". XDA Developers. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  15. O'Rourke, Patrick (May 8, 2018). "Google wants to help smartphone users disconnect with new 'Shush' Android P feature". MobileSyrup. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  16. Kaser, Rachel (May 8, 2018). "Android launches Shush and Wind Down, to keep your phone off when it needs to be off". The Next Web. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  17. "Android Pie adds controller mapping for the Xbox One S wireless controller". XDA Developers. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  18. "AptX Adaptive is Qualcomm's latest solution to bad Bluetooth audio". Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  19. "DNS over TLS support in Android P Developer Preview". Google Security Blog. April 17, 2018.
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