Cue the drumroll8230; it8217;s called Android 9 Pie. Alongside this name, Google has announced that the consumer-ready version of the new software is available for all Pixel phones as an over-the-air update. Keep in mind the company first detailed Android P and its headlining features 8211; such as a 8220;Digital Wellbeing” dashboard and a new gesture-based navigation system 8211; at Google I/O in May 2018.
Google8217;s major update to the Android mobile operating system also has slight design improvements, including a new status bar that’s notch-friendly. However, this 8220;official8221; release does not include all the features shown off at Google I/O. Digital Wellbeing, for instance, has been delayed, though it is available as a beta for Pixel users to try now. Digital Wellbeing will come to Pixel devices sometime this autumn.
To be clear, Android 9 Pie is automatically releasing now for Pixel phones. But, some of the core features, like Digital Wellbeing, still aren8217;t ready, so you8217;ll need to join the new beta 8211; after installing Android 9 Pie on your Pixel 8211; to play with them. Google said those features won8217;t arrive for Android One handsets and other devices (which, presumably, means Google8217;s upcoming Pixel 3 phones) until later this year.
As for when all other handsets will get today8217;s official Android 9 Pie release, Google said it8217;ll come to devices that participated in Google8217;s beta program sometime this autumn. Those include Android One, Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential phones.