Google launches Android Pie for Pixel phones

Google launches Android Pie for Pixel phones

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Updates are available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

Android Pie's other biggest change is a new suite of tools Google is calling "digital wellbeing" - features that are meant to help limit how much time you spend with your phone in the first place.

However, the headline feature of Android 9 Pie is not its gesture support but rather a new feature called Digital Wellbeing.

In true Essential fashion, the company is rolling out the Android Pie update to its only device; the PH1.

It was posted on FameBit, Google's own YouTube influencer marketing platform, as an advert offering money to content creators in Canada who are willing to promote the new phone in return for cold, hard cash.

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Google Pixel 3 release date revealed in extraordinary leak

The Android P Beta has been available for some time now, with a number of handsets compatible with the preview of Google's next major operating system upgrade. The latest revelation comes days after the Pixel 3 XL surfaced on a Geekbench listing that confirmed the presence of a Snapdragon 845 SoC and Android P out-of-the-box. You can scroll left and right through all of the apps that show up here, and when you want to open one, either tap on it or slide down on it as if you're dragging it to the bottom of your phone. "The Pixel 3 phone is launching October 4th, 2018". If not, be sure to read the instructions on Google's website very closely before you attempt it.

These former setting, as the name suggests, adapts to how users use their phone so apps which aren't used don't drain the battery. There's a redesigned Quick Settings included, too, along with a new way to take screenshots and simplified volume controls. Unfortunately there's no word on when the phones will actually be available, but in the past we've seen Google release it in the same month so there's a good chance that this could happen again.

An app timer is kind of like parental controls, but for yourself, because you can't stop using your smartphone?

You can activate the Wind Down feature so that at night, as you get close to bedtime, your device goes into Do Not Disturb mode and your screen fades to grayscale to help you disconnect.

  • Terrell Bush