Google finalizes Android P as Android 9 "Pie", launching today

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You can join a beta test for these features if you've got a Pixel running Android 9, but it will launch officially this fall on Pixel devices.

The release follows a public beta program with 140,000 users. This will begin rolling out today to Google Pixel phone owners via an over-the-air update.

Google today confirmed Android 9.0 Pie. Slices, the new feature that surfaces information relating to apps within search results, will arrive in the fall.

For iPhone X clones, Android Pie supports display cutouts.

Also, Slices - see below - will be missing at first. The company even did a Q&A session with the developers behind the update.

By simply swiping up once, you'll be given an at-a-glance view of all the apps open on your device, with the ability to swipe between them at will. To get to the phone's app drawer, you'll need to swipe up twice from the home button.

Android 9.0 is Pie, as Google has now made official.

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If you don't want to go through the hassle of manually sideloading your Pie update, you can always just wait until the OTA shows up on your Pixel device sometime within the next 24 hours or so.

A new dashboard in Android 9 Pie will detail how much time you've spent on your phone or tablet in a given day, which apps you use the most (organized by time), how many times you unlock a device and the number of notifications you've received. So will Digital Wellbeing, the suite of tools Google is promoting to help Android users keep tabs on the amount of time they spend on their phones.

The program isn't now ready for wide release, but users can sign up to take part in a Digital Wellbeing beta to help Google test the feature before it officially launches this fall by signing up here.

Dashboard-this gives you a quick rundown on how long you use your phone (computed hourly or daily), and which apps have taken up most of your time. This actually encompasses several different features that all aim to help you improve your life.

"And it comes with a heaping helping of artificial intelligence baked in to make your phone smarter, simpler and more tailored to you".

The early June update to Android 9 Pie includes 157 new emoji, all of which will be available in the final Android 9 Pie build.

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