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.
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Android P has a brand new app switcher that changes things up from the traditional vertical view to a more intuitive horizontal layout. While most Android users will have to wait until Android P comes to their device to get the new look, Samsung has made it available for Galaxy S7, S8, S9, and Note 8 owners now through its Good Lock app.
Both Google and Apple have started the long tease ahead of new software updates in Spring, with Android P and iOS 12 now available to users who are brave enough to take the plunge (and have a developer account, in Apple's case). So which beta software looks most promising and gets us most excited? Here's how they stack up.
Android P is here, for those who want it, with a compatible device and the patience to put up with a few extra bugs and crashes. We've been playing around with the beta OS on a Pixel 2, and these are the most promising features we've come across so far - including a few hidden goodies Google hasn't mentioned yet.
Android: Android P comes packed full of exciting new features, but it also introduces a huge change in how you'll navigate your smartphone. Google is replacing the virtual navigation buttons we know and love with a single pill-shaped icon and a whole bunch of swiping.
For the past few months, die-hard Android users have been busy testing the Android P developer preview. While that already contains some great new features, the just-released beta update brings even more innovation to the table. We think it's going to be Google's most significant mobile operating system in years. Here are five new features you need to know about.
Is it going to be called Pumpkin Pie or Peppermint Patty? Or how about Popsicle? Well, whatever Google ends up deciding on, if history is any indication, we're not going to know for sure until spring. So to hold us over, why don't we take a look at all the new updates and features Google showed off for Android at I/O 2018?
Android: Android P won't officially launch until later this year. While you can get in a little early by checking out Google's latest developer preview, there's another way to get a taste of Android P on your current smartphone if you're fearful of buggy beta software.
Android: It looks like Google is finally adding a long-missing feature to Android with its next big update. When Android P arrives this fall, you'll (finally) be able to set different default volumes for your various Bluetooth devices.
Last year, Apple brought advanced screenshot editing tools to the iPhone with iOS 11, and, this week, Google fired back with a similar Android feature called Markup. The only catch is that this new tool is limited to Android P, which launches later this year but probably won't come to most older Android devices.