Google unveils Android Pie statue

Earlier today, Google started pushing the Android Pie update to its Pixel handsets. Now the company is celebrating the launch of its newest update with the unveiling of the Android Pie statue at the Googleplex.

The statue was revealed on a tweet from the Google Developers Twitter account that includes a picture of the statue.

New features on Android Pie includes the Adaptive Battery feature that uses AI to "learn" which apps you use the most, and limits access to the battery for apps in the background that you usually don't use that much. You also get Adaptive Brightness which remembers how you set the brightness of the screen under certain conditions, and does it for you automatically when those conditions are met.

App Actions remembers how you like to use your phone, and predicts what you want to do with your handset next.

Other changes include a single home button which means that you will need to swipe up on the screen to see your open apps previewed in full-screen mode. Tapping on one will put you right back in the app. The redesigned Quick Settings, a new and improved way to take screenshots, manage the volume on your phone, and handle notifications.

The Digital Wellbeing app monitors your phone and app usage, and will be available to Pixel devices this fall and other devices early next year. Those with a Pixel device running Android Pie can sign up for the Digital Wellbeing beta.

The Slices feature on Android Pie allows users to see important information from one of their apps without requiring them to open it. For example, typing Lyft into the Google Search bar will display prices for a ride home, and how long it will take the driver to pick you up all without actually opening the Lyft app.

Google is working with its partners to rollout Android Pie to all compatible handsets. Hopefully the rollout will be faster and smoother this year, so users can all get to enjoy their slice of Pie.

source - Google | @GoogleDevs

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