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44 cool new features and changes in Android 9.0 Pie «Android :: Gadget Hacks

Although most cell phones do not yet have Oreo, Google has released the first Android 9.0 Pie beta tester build that anyone can install with a compatible device. It's available on Google's own Pixel devices, as well as Essential, Nokia, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, and Xiamoi partner devices, and we're already working to highlight all the features and changes.

Finally, we now know that Android's latest operating system will officially be called "Pie" and that it will bring many important changes. So if you have a device that will allow you to run Android 9.0 right now, or if you're just curious about the future of Android, we'll highlight all the important new features below.

. 1
All-in-One Home Button

Android Pie removes the virtual Home and Recent Apps buttons and replaces them with a single, small bar that combines both functions and more. The new home bar, which comes directly from the iPhone X of performs several tasks, such as: For example, a small swipe gesture that displays the summary screen of all running apps. Of course, you can use the pill-shaped button to bring you to the home screen by simply tapping on it.

Picture of Dallas Thomas / Gadget Hacks [19659007] It is not yet known when this will appear in Android Pie. So far, the first public beta version of Android Pie does not seem to show it, at least for the pixel.

. 2 Improved "Recently Opened Apps" View

As you can see above, swiping the pill button will bring up the Summary screen, which lists all recently used apps. Although the pill-shaped icon is not displayed yet, you can tap the Recent button on the bottom right to access the new view in Android Pie. To forcibly close an app, just swipe it up like in iOS App Switcher. You can also swipe sideways on the pill-shaped button to instantly display all your running apps and make multitasking more intuitive.

3. Revamped App Drawer

Android Pie now includes a redesigned app drawer that makes sorting your apps a lot more comfortable. As you can see in the first GIF file above, when you swipe on the new pill-shaped icon, the multitasking view is displayed. However, below are a number of commonly used apps based on patterns detected by Android Pie's improved artificial intelligence. Intelligence

If you swipe up again, you will jump into your app drawer. This line of frequently used apps will jump up and the rest of your app drawer will be underneath. For those who are on Android Pie, but still see the three buttons down instead of the swipe gesture, if you open your app drawer normally, you should still see preferred apps at the top of the drawer.

4. Dashboard

One of the pillars of Android Pie is the well-being of its customers. Google seeks to protect its users from accessing the world by providing them with the tools to restrict their use of their phone. And that starts with what Google calls "Dashboard", which can be accessed through the new App Usage menu.

Dashboard is a new menu option that displays a list of all the apps you used for the day and amount. Google's hope is that this information (along with the next tool in our list) will help you use your phone be limited. Dashboard will even keep track of how often you unlock your device (a number that will surprise you) (19659019) 44 Cool new features and changes in Android 9.0 Pie "width =" 522 "height =" 522 "style =" max-width : 532px; height: auto; "/>

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5th App Timers

Although the information is excellent, Google knows that it takes more than that to distract you from your device, here's the "App Timer", which can also be accessed through the "App Usage" menu 19659002] App Timer allows you to: Setting time limits for your use of any app, once you reach the daily allo time, the app is greyed out, this does not prevent its use, but the idea is that changing the color will discourage the use of it and encourage you to spend more time to spend in the world around you than on your phone.

6. Shush Mode

Another new feature to protect your well-being is "Shush," which activates by placing your phone on a flat surface and scanning down. Once you make that gesture, your device will automatically turn off sound and vibration. Essentially, it turns on "Do Not Disturb" mode, but for everything – not just audible alarms.

7. Wind Down Mode

The Wind Down mode is a new tool that automatically activates the Do Not Disturb mode at bedtime and with a Google Assistant command like the one below can be easily adjusted.

Hey Google, set Wind Down for 10 o'clock in the afternoon

After setting the time you want to go to bed with "Night Light", Do Not Disturb is activated and your phone slowly turns into grayscale. If you hide your phone, the display will be hard to see and the use of the phone at night is made more difficult. Wind Down automatically turns off in the morning and the phone returns to normal.

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8. Do Not Disturb Blocks Visual Interference [19659004] The Do Not Disturb menu has just received a number of new options specifically designed to visually distract your smartphone. Under "Blocking vision problems," you can control how your phone works when the screen is off and on. For example, you can prevent the screen from turning on for a notification, or disable the notification light. When the screen is on, you can remove notification points and dismiss pop-up alerts.

"Hide Status Bar Icons" turns gray when you turn on "Hide Notification List". This is because this would be superfluous because the user does not warn you when you receive the notification.

All of these options are designed to enhance your well-being by eliminating the interference caused by your device. Now, Do not Disturb really gets rid of your phone so you can enjoy the world around you or need rest.

9. Adaptive Battery

As with most Android versions, Google introduces new tools to optimize battery life. Android Pie adds a new feature called "Adaptive Battery," which targets idle battery management.

There are apps grouped in standby, a mechanism called App Standby Buckets. The grouping is based on using frequently used apps and tools placed at higher levels. Higher-level buckets allow uninterrupted use of background data. Lower levels are restricted, which reduces battery consumption. According to the Vice President of Engineering for Android, Dave Burke Google I / O reduces CPU wakeups by 30%, which correlates with better standby performance.

10. Full Beer Emojis

The great tragedy of the world is finally resolved. After the cheeseburger-emoji debacle of yesteryear, where the cheese was under the meat instead of on top, the individual beer mugs and clinking beer mugs were changed from a half full cup of foam to a full cup of full foam. To cheer! And if you still wonder what happened to them … the head is not sitting and splashing over a beer mug that is only half full.

13. App Actions

"App Actions" is another method Google is trying to improve your phone with machine learning. In an effort to provide a more personalized experience, Google uses the information collected to teach your phone about you. In particular, it is predicted which task you will do next and present to you.

At the top of the app tray, shortcuts become tasks that you normally perform, such as calling an important person or listening to a particular podcast. Google even modifies search queries to show links in the results. This will direct you to specific apps to perform relevant tasks. An example of this would be finding a movie and linking to buying tickets for fandango shows in the search results. App actions also extend to other actions, such as For example, connecting headphones to re-record an album or podcast.

14. Slices

" Slices" allows you to see a small snippet of data within an app without actually opening it. When implemented by developers, you'll be able to see small amounts of data in the Google Search app (and soon in Google Assistant), which will allow you to jump directly to the action. This skips the steps that you would normally take. Some examples include checking a reservation for a specific location and the cost of a Lyft ride.

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15. Support for Notches

In February, we learned from [Bloomberg] that Android Pie would include support for the notches of the iPhone X style, but it became official when Developer Preview 1 appeared in March. We now know how Android 9.0 will handle the different implementations of notches.

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16. Turn-by-Turn Directions Indoors

With Android Pie, Android devices receive support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol. This wireless protocol (also known as Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time) enables GPS-based indoor tracking.

With the appropriate hardware support, apps can use Wi-Fi Round-Trip Time (RTT) to measure distance between RTT-enabled access points. Based on this information, the app can then determine your location in a building and provide you with urgent driving directions. The new RTT API can also use a Multilateration Algorithm (MLAT) to estimate the position of your device if your device detects three or more access points.

This API not only facilitates navigation in larger indoor areas (eg shopping malls) but can also be used to enhance speech assistants. Instead of telling your language assistant, "Turn off the light in the bedroom," you can say instead, "Turn off the light," and the wizard uses RTT to determine your location in your home (as long as your mesh router RTT-capable)) and only turn off the lights in that particular area.

17. New Transition Animations

Google not only added some color in the Settings menu in Android Pie, it also changed transition animations. If you enter different options, a similar animation will be displayed as the blinds that reflect the action. However, if you return from the option, the animation is reversed, which is reflected in an animation of the pulled down blinds. See the GIFs below for a visual representation.

Pictures by Dallas Thomas / Gadget Hacks [19659022] 18. Volume Rocker Controls Media set by default

A common problem of the Android community was how the Volume Rocker works. By default, on Android Oreo and older Android devices, the volume rocker first adjusts the volume of the ringtone and adjusts the media volume only after a song or video has been played. While there are ways to change that (for example, with Rocker Locker), our hope was that Android would someday change the standard operation. Well, Google has heard us and it seems that Android Pie contains this change.

For Android Pie, media controls are the default volume that is set when you use the volume rocker. In the new volume menu, Android 9.0 includes a switch to adjust the ringtone as well. With a tap, users can quickly switch between "vibrate" and "mute". A detailed overview of all changes can be found at the following link:

Pictures by Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks [19659020] 19th Multiple Cameras Support

Android Pie allows developers to simultaneously access streams from two different physical cameras using the multi-camera API. This API requires either two back cameras (most smartphones today) or two front cameras. With the multi-camera API, features like seamless zooming through the use of each camera stream and enhanced bokeh effects are now also possible in third-party apps.

Android Pie also includes several additional camera installations, such as a new session parameter Reduce the recording time for a photo and an API for display-based Flash support. Additionally, Android 9.0 supports external USB / UVC cameras

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20. HTTPS is the standard for apps

When you surf the Internet, there are two protocols that a website can use: HTTP and HTTPS. The main difference between the two is that the latter is encrypted, which means your data is secure. Unfortunately, not all apps use this protocol for communication, which exposes you to potential dangers. According to XDA, who discovered this in March, all applications created for Android (starting with Android Pie) send and receive by default via HTTPS. This ensures that your data is better protected when communicating with the app's servers.

21st Restoring the Device Requires a Passcode

Android 9.0 Pie now encrypts your backups with the PIN, pattern, or password of the device. Therefore, to restore your device with this data, users must first enter one of these authentication methods to release the data for use. This adds another level of protection to your data.

22. Unified Fingerprint Authentication Dialog

Many apps use the fingerprint scanner to speed up authentication in your account. With Android Pie, the operating system will standardize the look and feel of the fingerprint authentication dialog, providing a more consistent user experience no matter which app you use.

23. Lock Mode

Android Pie allows you to temporarily disable biometric authentication methods and Smart Lock. Especially in an emergency, you can temporarily prevent someone from forcing you to unlock your device using these methods (such as a law enforcement case where you need to scan your fingerprint). If these methods are disabled, a person must use your PIN, pattern, or password to unlock your device.

24. Background apps have no mic Access

It looks like Android 9.0 Pie may be "privacy" because Google seems to add some features to enhance user protection, which prevents unused background apps from using your microphone, while Android Oreo has limited In addition to providing background services, Android P takes even more steps to make sure that malicious apps do not record your conversation without you knowing it.

First discovered by XDA in February when an app was installed gets a UID, a unique one Identifier that never changed When the app identified by the UID goes to sleep, the Android audio system prevents access to the microphone to record audio. When an app attempts to gain access, Android sends its empty data.

While Android has set up protection for this particular issue (Android 6.0 Marshmallow blocked the standard microphone permission), this extra measure improves the automated process and protects its users better

25. Background apps have no access to the camera.

Android Pie not only prevents unused apps from accessing your microphone, it also prevents access to your camera. The process is similar to the microphone and uses the UID to identify apps. According to XDA, who discovered the feature in February when the UID is idle, Android will generate an error message and stop access when it tries to use the camera.

These two additions are necessary to clean up Android's image of being unsafe. Even though malware and vulnerabilities persist, the average user who goes through Android's ecosystem will be a little safer if he adds it to native code.

26th Camera and Microphone Display

As previously mentioned, Android Pie takes your privacy and security very seriously. With the recurring problem of the Play Store with malware-infected apps, Google is working to improve the operating system to prevent the damage these apps can cause. In addition to blocking access to unused applications, Google is launching a new notification to let you know when a background app uses either the microphone or the camera. First discovered by Nick Cipriani (via AndroidPolice), Android 9.0 creates a notification that not only informs you that the app is running, but also a small icon that symbolizes the use of the camera or microphone.

27th Warning sound when your call is recorded

Android already supports call recording. However, OEMs rarely enable this feature on their phones due to privacy and legal issues. In cases where phones can record calls, Android Pie adds a beep notifying all parties that the conversation is being recorded, according to XDA, who found this in February.

When Android detects the use of the Call Recording API, the system will emit one tone every 15 seconds and inform the other party that it will be recorded. The inclusion of this tone makes Android's call-recording API more in line with the two-party consent laws of some states that require both parties to be aware of the record in order to be legal.

28th MAC Address Randomization

Android Pie also works to protect your device while communicating online. An example of this is Wi-Fi MAC Randomization, which randomly selects your MAC address each time you connect to a new Wi-Fi network. MAC addresses are unique identifiers used in networks to facilitate communication between devices. Randomization gives your device protection against targeted attacks and tracking.

29. Restricting apps from accessing network activity

According to XDA on May 6, Android Pie will also undo a long-standing privacy bug in the operating system – giving full access to network activity of any app is granted. While apps can not access the content of your traffic, they can track down connections that determine which server your device is communicating with.

Android 9.0 will change this access. For example, a VPN app needs more access than an app for notes, and therefore has different network access as needed.

30th Autofill in Browsers

Limiting the implementation of Autofill by Android Oreo was the inability to work with browsers. Well, Android Pie seems to change that. The first time it was noticed by XDA in March, Android 9.0 addresses this limitation and allows password managers such as LastPass to enter login information into browsers. The developers of password managers and browsers need to update their apps to integrate the new code. Dashlane has already implemented the update, and AutoFill is currently working with Chrome.

31st Hidden Signal Strength Numbers

For those of you who like to see your mobile networks in [decibel-milliwatt(dBm)you will not be happy. Another feature that was first discovered by XDA in December is Android Pie, which allows network operators to limit the numerical value of signal strength.

Although these numbers are not normally displayed by average users, they still give more accuracy to the current signal. And this information can help to find the cause of bad reception. The only comfort in the matter is that this restriction is transferred in Android Pie on devices with carrier marks, so that unlocked phones remain unaffected.

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32. Changeable LTE Signal Bars

If the missing dBm was not bad enough, according to an XDA report in February, Android Pie will provide the ability to change how LTE bars are displayed to users. A possible modification does not require dBm values ​​to indicate the maximum signal strength. Allowing carriers to change this could present an insincere LTE signal to users. And unlike the hidden signal strength numbers, this is not just limited to cell phones with carrier brands.

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33. Messaging Enhancements

Messaging apps have received a number of enhancements with Android 9.0 Pie that enhance the overall experience. For example, developers can now visualize images in the notification tint for incoming messages. Smart Reply is also available, allowing you to quickly respond to messages by using suggestions created by analyzing incoming messages.

Pictures in the notification (left) and "Smart Reply" (right). Pictures about Android Developers

Developers can also update their apps to save unfinished messages as drafts so you can finish typing later. Android Messages currently supports all of these features, but developers can integrate these features with third-party apps.

34. Intelligent Notification Channels

Android Pie makes notification channels even more useful. According to Ron Amadeo by Ars Technica in March, a red minus sign will appear next to notifications that you normally decline. If you type, it says, "You usually do not approve these notifications. Show them?" You will then get the option "Stop notifications" or "Continue viewing". If you select the first option, you can block these types of notifications on your device.

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35 Low battery power notifies the time the phone dies

The low battery notification also changes the new information that appears in the alert message As in the Android As stated in Policy, in DP1, the "low battery" notification would include the amount of time remaining if you continue your typical use of the device before your phone reaches zero percent. With the beta for Android Pie, this changes to the actual time that your phone will die based on your use on your use, "it will tell now" should last until about 2:00 am based on your usage.

36. Edit Screenshot

With Android Pie, Google has finally paved the screen for screenshots. When Apple introduced the feature in iOS 11, did you know it was just? It was a matter of time, With Android 9.0, you can edit your screenshots immediately after recording. While the feature is just a few barebones, you can expect that both Google and OEMs will build on this feature in future releases

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37. A simpler way to take screenshots

With Android Pie, creating a screenshot is no longer limited to the combination of power and volume down button: Google recognizes the difficulty of this combination ( besonders bei festgefahrenen Knöpfen) Menü [1 9659002] Durch die Möglichkeit, Screenshots in das Power-Menü aufzunehmen, müssen Sie dank der Tastenbelegung Ihres Telefons nicht mehr unbeholfen sitzen. Darüber hinaus kommt uns Android Pie einen Schritt näher zu einer knopffreien Smartphone-Zukunft, da das Erstellen von Screenshots keine Verwendung von Hardware-Schlüsseln erfordert.

Bilder von Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

38. Lock Landscape Mode

Für diejenigen von uns, die die versehentliche Drehung der Anzeige ihres Telefons nach plötzlichen Bewegungen hassen, hat Android immer die Möglichkeit eingeschlossen, den Bildschirm im Hochformat zu sperren. Nehmen wir an, Sie sperren Ihren Bildschirm im Hochformat, möchten aber einen Comic lesen, der in der Landschaft einfacher zu sehen ist. Momentan bestand die einzige Möglichkeit, die Ausrichtung zu ändern, darin, die automatische Drehung aus den Schnelleinstellungen wieder zu aktivieren. Mit Android Pie ist das viel einfacher geworden.

Erstmals von Android Police im März entdeckt und am 8. Mai bei Googles I / O bestätigt, wenn Sie Ihre Displayausrichtung sperren und Ihr Gerät in die Landschaft verschieben, Ein viertes Symbol erscheint in der Navigationsleiste links neben der Zurück-Schaltfläche (im Standardlayout). Durch Auswahl dieser Schaltfläche wird die Ausrichtung in Querformat geändert und die Drehung gesperrt. Wenn Sie in den Hochformat-Modus zurückkehren möchten, können Sie das Telefon drehen und dann die gleiche Schaltfläche auswählen, um die Anzeige anzupassen und die Position zu fixieren.

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39. Batterieprozentwert in Ambient Display

Dieses Update ist ziemlich einfach und bereits in Galaxy-Geräten mit Android 8.0 Oreo enthalten. Das Ambient Display zeigt den aktuellen Batterie-Prozentsatz an. Dieses Problem wurde seit 2017 stark gesucht. Ein Nutzer hat das Feature im Juni 2017 angefragt, wobei rund 3.800 Personen Unterstützung für diesen Zusatz angegeben haben. Viele Leute werden mit seiner Aufnahme zufrieden sein.

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40. Feature-Flags in den Entwickleroptionen

Wenn Ihnen das Flag-Menü von Google Chrome gefällt, werden Sie diesen Zusatz im versteckten Menü "Entwickleroptionen" lieben. In Android 9.0 Pie gibt es einen Bereich "Feature-Flags", mit dem Sie bestimmte Geräteeinstellungen ändern können, z. B. wie die Seite "Über das Telefon" aussieht oder wie die Einstellungen unter "Datum & Uhrzeit" funktionieren.

Das Flag "settings_zone_picker_v2" wurde auf "true" (links) und "false" (rechts) gesetzt. Bilder von Justin Meyers / Gadget Hacks

41. Manuelle Steuerung des Nachtmodus in Apps

Für einen kurzen Moment glaubte das Internet, dass ein systemweiter Dunkelmodus endlich seinen Weg nach Android finden würde. So schnell wie das Gerücht kam, wurde es zerstreut, als Google offiziell die Angelegenheit ansprach und feststellte, dass das nicht der Fall war. Stattdessen wurde die Implementierung des Nachtmodus in Apps manuell gesteuert.

Diese Option befindet sich unter "Optionen für Entwickler" und steuert das Day / Night-Thema, das Google vor einigen Jahren eingeführt hat und mit dem Entwickler den Nachtmodus für ihre Apps schnell implementieren konnten. In der Regel enthalten Apps, die diese Funktion verwenden, Optionen zum Ändern des Designs basierend auf der Uhrzeit.

Durch Anpassen der Optionen können Sie helle oder dunkle Motive in Apps erzwingen, die ihren dunklen Modus auf diese Weise implementieren. Sie können Apps auch erzwingen, das Design basierend auf der Tageszeit anzupassen. Wenn Sie gemäß Redditor Pika3323 zur Standardeinstellung zurückkehren möchten (wählen Sie stattdessen das Thema in jeder App-Einstellung), wählen Sie "Immer aus", da es keine eindeutige Standardauswahl gibt.

42. Linksbasierte Statusleistenzeit

Bei früheren Android-Versionen wurde die Uhrzeit immer ganz rechts in der Statusleiste oben auf dem Bildschirm angezeigt. Jetzt, in Android 9.0 Pie, befindet es sich ganz links in der Statusleiste, während der Akku und die Verbindungen ihre rechten Punkte behalten. Benachrichtigungssymbole für Apps werden jetzt links neben der Zeitanzeige angezeigt.

43. DNS Over TLS Support

To protect you from an hackers that may be spying on your internet activity on your smartphone, Android Pie has implemented "DNS over TLS" support. This creates a secure connection to the DNS server that your phone is communicating with before DNS queries and responses happen, meaning someone monitoring the connection will have a harder time seeing what you're doing.

By default, devices automatically upgrade to DNS over TLS if a network's DNS server supports it. But users who don't want to use DNS over TLS can turn it off.

Users can enter a hostname if they want to use a private DNS provider. Android then sends all DNS queries over a secure channel to this server or marks the network as "No internet access" if it can't reach the server. (For testing purposes, see this community-maintained list of compatible servers.)

DNS over TLS mode automatically secures the DNS queries from all apps on the system. However, apps that perform their own DNS queries, instead of using the system's APIs, must ensure that they do not send insecure DNS queries when the system has a secure connection.

As seen above, you can access it in "Network & internet," then "Private DNS."

44. No More 'App Is Using Battery' Notification

According to 9t5Google on May 9, Google revealed that the annoying battery notification introduced with Android Oreo will be removed. The idea of the notification was to alert users of apps which consume more battery than they should. However, it ended up being too activated, alerting users of apps such as Firefox and Google Maps. While the beta versions of Android 9.0 Pie still include the notification, Google promises the final version will remove it.

Is That It for Android P Features?

With Android Pie, it looks Google is focusing on under-the-hood changes which improve the overall experience for the user. While there are rumors of a visual overhaul, there has been nothing concrete so far. Once we know something for certain, we'll make sure to add it to this list.

The keynote from Google I/O on May 8 has already happened, so stay tuned to Gadget Hacks for the latest news and rumors about Android P as we continue to update this roundup. Are you excited about Android P? What is a feature you hope they include? Let us know in the comment below.

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