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

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Launch Reportedly Set for October 4

Google has launched the latest version of Android - Android 9.

"Devices that participated in the Beta programme from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall", said Google.

The Android Pie update introduces a new gesture-based system.

Those still skeptical over the leak need remember that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also launched on 4 October past year, so the date does match usual Google plans. The file highlighted is the relevant Android 9 Pie image for the Pixel 2 XL. Whether Samsung will take as long as it usually does or bring this year's major Android upgrade sooner remains to be seen (we're hoping for the former thanks to Project Treble).

The Google Pixel 3 XL will probably feature a display notch, while the Pixel 3 will not, but its bezels will be a bit thicker because of it. Adaptive Battery will learn which apps you use the most and prioritize battery to them, while Adaptive Brightness will figure out where you like your phone's brightness in different settings and then set that for you. 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.

Coming this fall is a new Android Pie feature called Slices.

From the app switcher, you can remove apps one by one by just swiping up on them as if you're flicking them off the screen. You'll see a Google Search bar and your dock in the Overview as well.

This is the dashboard from the upcoming "Digital Wellness" beta.

WellBeing, which is the highlight feature, is not going to be available with the Android 9 Pie immediately. This includes an improved security model for biometrics, hardware security capabilities for protecting sensitve data using a secure chip, and privacy improvements like TLS by default and DNS over TLS. Out of nowhere, Google just announced that the latest version of Android, Android P, is officially called Android 9 Pie.

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