The newest version android named 'Pie' it out, but not for everyone. The newest version of its mobile OS has plenty of exciting new features and updat
The newest version android named ‘Pie’ it out, but not for everyone. The newest version of its mobile OS has plenty of exciting new features and updates to play with, but the big question is: when can you get it on your phone?
For more details on Android Pie, you can read our in-depth breakdown here, but some of the new features include:
Digital wellness tools to show users how much time they spend on different apps and which ones are responsible for your notifications. It lets you take control of your usage by putting a variety of usage limits in place, or by enabling a wind-down function that gradually turns your screen to black and white, whilst enabling do-not-disturb, to help you sleep more easily (you do need to sign up to a separate beta for this however).
Gesture based controls for handsets without home buttons. You are now able to swipe to switch between apps and access Google Assistant, similar to the functions offered on Apple’s buttonless iPhone X.
Slices is an appropriately named feature which will helpfully bring up parts of apps in relevant places, such as when you’re searching for something related on the web.
AI adaptivity which covers things like battery usage, brightness, and changes to the home screen based on your activities and the time of day.
OnePlus 6, 5/5T and 3/3T
An open beta for Android Pie on the OnePlus 6 is now available to download. OnePlus is keen to point out this is still a beta and isn’t as stable as the current ‘full’ version of its Oxygen OS. Here’s the changelog for the new release:
- Update system to Android 9.0 Pie
- Brand new UI for Android P
- New Android P gesture navigation
- Other new features and system improvements
- Supported accent color customization
- New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
- New Gaming Mode 3.0
- Added text notification mode
- Added notification for 3rd party calls
- Moto Z3
- Moto Z3 Play
- Moto Z2 Force Edition
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto X4
- Moto G6 Plus
- Moto G6
- Moto G6 Play
Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10 and other models
While not involved in either the beta or the Android One series, Huawei has begun offering Android Pie to select owners. A spokesperson for the company said that in China it had already started offering Pie to some users, but that the number was very limited. The models compatible with Pie in China at the moment are the P20 series and the Mate 10 Pro.
Honor 10 and Honor 10 View
As a sub-brand of Huawei, Honor is already working to bring Pie to its top-spec handsets. A spokesperson said it was currently adapting the Honor 10 and Honor View 10 for Android Pie and that it would be gradually introducing the new operating system to other handsets “according to the progress of the adaptation”.
LG G7 Thinq, V30 and G6
With no phones using Android One, or selected for the beta, LG looks to be at the back of the queue for getting Pie to its users. We will have to wait and see whether the G7 ThinQ, G6, V30 and their siblings will be blessed with the new OS by the end of the year. The firm did not respond to a request for comment.
Sony Xperia XZ2 and other models
Sony’s XZ2 was one of the models that Google allowed Android P to be beta tested on before it fully become Android Pie. However, this doesn’t mean that the model and Sony’s other phones will be getting Pie anytime soon.
A blog post from the company says its premium models – the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact – will get Android Pie from November. For people with the XA2, XA2 Ultra and XA2 Plus there’ll be a long wait with the new operating system available from early 2019.
The Nokia 7, produced by HMD Global, was one of the first phones to get Android Pie through the beta program. But this hasn’t meant the device has received the full version yet. Juho Sarvikas, HMD’s chief product officer, has tweeted that the fourth beta of Pie is now available for the Nokia 7 Plus users. This may be the final beta HMD issues before the full Pie update. “Last chance to help us perfect #Android #Pie before official release,” Sarvikas tweeted.