Google has officially given Android P its name. Android 9 Pie signals a major shift that will further differentiate Android from iOS. It brings a number of AI and machine learning based features to the world's most popular smartphone platform that adapt to how you use your device.
What Can You Expect From Android 9 Pie?
It might be tagged with the letter "P" but this new version of Android could have easily been tagged with an "A" for adaptive.
Android 9 Pie will offer several new features, which were teased during the recent Google I/O conference, including Adaptive Battery, which looks at your app usage to optimise power consumption, display management through Adaptive Brightness as well as AI-driven App Actions that predict what you'll do based on context and Slices - a new service that shows information from your favorite apps.
In fact, there will be dozens of enahnacements, large and small, that will leverage machine learning and AI to optimise the user experience. It's a sign that we are moving towards a world where tinkering with user settings in order to make devices work the way we want will fade away.
How To Get Android Pie On Your Pixel
Unsurprisingly, Google has made Android 9 Pie available to their devices straight away. So, from now, you should be able to install the new OS to your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.
Pop into settings and make sure you've enabled OTA (over the air) updates. Then you can download the update.
As always, make sure you've backed up your data and any settings you depend on just in case something goes pear-shaped.
The Nexus Will Not Be Getting Android Pie
If your have a Google Nexus device - sorry but there is not Android Pie for you.
The Essential Phone Is Also First With Android Pie
The Essential phone is the first non-Google manufacturer to get the Android P treatment.
Although not widely available, you can buy the Essential in Australia.
How To Get Android Pie On Your Samsung Phone
Samsung is well known for applying some quite extreme customisation to Android in their handsets. The company hasn't officially announced anything yet but it would be very surprising if the last generation or two of flagship phones wasn't updated.
Samsung recently won a court case saying they weren't obliged to provide updates to phones that are more than two years old. So, we can safely expect the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9 and Note 8 devices to receive an update once Samsung has added all their customisation.
What About Other Devices?
The beta testing phase for Android Pie included a number of handsets. These were the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 and OnePlus 6.
All of those should get Android Pie shortly as well.
It's possible some other devices by the same manufacturers will also receive the update. For example, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia XZ, and Xperia XZ Compact should also get the update.
We can expect the same for several of Xiaomi's Mi range, and several Oppo models, particularly as they come with a very lightly modified release of Android.