Android Pie - What Do You Need To Know?

Android P, or now more commonly known as Android Pie, has finally arrived so we thought we’d give you a rundown of some of our favourite new features.

First of all, Android Pie is currently only available on the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It’s also worth mentioning you can get it on essential.

So let’s get started on how you actually update your device to Android 9.0.

First up head to your settings and tap on system, advanced then system update.

You’ll there be able to see what version you’re running on as well as if there is an update for your device.

Now that is out of the way, let’s talk about some of the new features that has arrived alongside Android Pie.


To begin with we’ll talk about the smaller cosmetic changes. The UI has been updated here and there with buttons, icons and menus have been changed for a cleaner, clearer look which in my opinion looks pretty slick.

You’ll have noticed that the notifications screen has also had a facelift with a bit of a design change.

In this latest version, Android Pie also introduces another small but useful quality of life update with light and dark mode for your menus and buttons. Previously, you could only change this based on the type of wallpaper you had, but now you can set it to whatever you want.

Just head to settings, display and change it to a lighter or darker theme.

The next big change is the addition of gesture-based navigation. This isn’t enabled by default so make sure you head into the gesture settings and turn on ‘Swipe up on home’.

With the new changes, it means you can now swipe right one the home button to jump between your active apps. There’s also the addition of a back button on the lower left for good measure.


As always you can activate the google assistant by holding down the new home button.

Swiping up allows you to app switch quick and easy. If you swipe up and continue swiping, you’ll find your app directory of everything you have installed.

As a quick side note, you can now enable split screen by holding down on the app icon in the navigation menu.
Android Pie also brings some pretty clever self-learning algorithms that allow your phone to learn your own personal preferences and habits…

This includes adaptive brightness, which although it isn’t exactly new, has been updated so that your phone also learns what brightness you prefer for different situations and will try to adapt to that automatically. The same goes for the battery.

Your phone will now work out what apps can be saving power based on what you use the most and the apps that are running in the background.


Screenshots now also have a handy edit button after you’ve captured your screen - again nothing groundbreaking but certainly a welcome addition.

There’s also a new Auto rotate function in app for if you prefer to have your screen locked vertically. All it means that if there is some content you’d prefer to view in landscape, you can no change that but just rotating your phone and click the icon to the right of the screen.

Sound has also seen some pretty significant upgrades with call and ringer volume now finally being separated.

Also, when adjusting the volume with the side buttons, it not automatically defaults to changing media volume rather than ringer which makes sense when you think about it.

Loud and silent is also now easily switchable with a button above the volume slider when pressing the side buttons.

Google will also be implementing a new bit of software called digital well being. Basically, it means you can track your app usage, limit app time and set reminders for you to sleep and actually put your phone down instead of embarking on yet another random youtube video spree.

Well, that’s it for this quick overview on the new Android Pie update that is currently available on most google devices.

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Brian Haynes

Brian Haynes

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