Android 9 Pie update available for Pixel phones now

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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. Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie, which is a great move by Essential. Called Android 9 Pie, the update is ready to roll out in its stable form and will be available for download today on Pixel devices.

Google has added several new AI features to Android Pie, too. You'll see a Google Search bar and your dock in the Overview as well. A feature called App Actions is an AI-powered predictive feature that attempts to predict what you're about to use your phone for. Appearing at the top of your app drawer, app actions are similar to Apple's Siri suggestions, which also suggest specific shortcuts for the things you do al the time, like look up directions home or pull up your favorite playlist. Slices (a pun on pie, apparently) is a new feature where apps can insert themselves into your searches so you can perform a task quicker. "Digital Wellbeing will officially launch on Pixel phones this fall, with Android One and other devices coming later this year".

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'Once comfortable with the Pixel 3 and the creator has successfully switched over their contacts, apps, etc to their new phone, Google wants them to share their switching story with the audience'. There's a new Do Not Disturb and a feature called Wind Down that'll combine Night Light and Do Not Disturb and also fade your screen to grayscale, all to help you get to sleep at night.

Android 9 Pie is rolling out today for supported Pixel devices, and it will roll out to third-party devices that were included in the Android Beta Program - as well as Android One handsets - before the end of this fall. Instead, you now simply swipe up on the screen to see your recently-used apps, just like you would on an iPhone X. There are a number of other gesture-based shortcuts to get used to as well.

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