It is Android 9 Pie! Official list of changes & new features

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The OTA files and system images are available direct from Google if you want to install the new OS right now.

Well, now it would seem that the Google is even keener to position the Google Pixel 3 range as a direct alternative to the new iPhones, as its launch date has just leaked and, yes you guessed it, it is smack bang in the middle of Apple's new iPhone launch window.

Google today confirmed Android 9.0 Pie.

While Pixel devices that are updated from Oreo will still see their three-button navigation by default with an option to switch to gestures, future Google phones (and any other manufacturer that wants it) will ship with only gesture navigation. For other devices, the OEMs will release the dates and availability of Android Pie soon. It is said that the company has confirmed to YouTube influencers in Canada that the new Pixel family will debut on October 4. Devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive the update by the end of this fall. You can join a beta test for these features if you've got a Pixel running Android 9, but it will launch officially this fall on Pixel devices.

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Rather than tapping the Recents button to open the app switcher, Android Pie requires you to do a small swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

Google highlighted Android 9.0 Pie's improved security today, too.

The new Android will also allow developers to access APIs that manage secure NFC payments and will sport a new ART runtime that will look to reduce an app's memory footprint and speed up performance.

In this early guide to the Samsung Galaxy Android Pie update we'll take you through some things you should, and shouldn't, expect from the update and the release. The phone will also attempt to predict what apps you like to run by displaying short-cuts to them during certain pairs of the day. Digital Wellbeing dashboard is still in beta and you can follow the steps below to get it on your Pixel device right now. For example, you might be getting ready for your commute to work, and App Actions will suggest navigation in Google Maps or resuming an audiobook in Google Play Books.

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