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Android Pie (Android 9): Everything you need to know

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Google has officially announced the next generation of its Android OS dubbed the Android Pie or the Android 9. The latest Android update has already started rolling out in the stable form in the Google Pixel lineup of smartphones (Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL). Interestingly enough, the Essential Phone has also started receiving the Android Pie update.

Android Pie: Full features

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An all-new gesture-based navigation system

Starting things off with the most apparent feature of them all, starting with Android Pie, the navigation experience of the Android devices is going to be completely revamped. The back button is still there, but the home button and the app switcher have now been replaced by a single gesture-based button. Swiping up will open up the recent app and swiping it once more will open the app drawer. Swiping the bar to the right switches between the latest two apps.

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Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness

The next noteworthy feature is Adaptive Battery which analyses the usage of all the apps and cuts off allocating the resources to those apps which you don’t use often, thereby saving on some precious juice.

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Furthermore, the Adaptive Brightness feature will automatically adjust the brightness of the device according to your location which is kind of the same found in the Galaxy S9 lineup of devices.

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App Slices and App Actions

Adding on to the list of the AI features, Android Pie will cut your apps into slices (pun intended, maybe) and the slices will insert themselves into different apps whenever required. The most productive example is a search performed in the Google app for a place. If you search for a particular place in your locality, the OS will now insert the options of booking a cab from your favorite car rental app (depending on the place in the world you are from).

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The App Actions feature will insert certain quick actions within the app launcher at certain times of the day based on your activities. For example, after the Android Pie update, whenever you plug in a pair of earphones in your device, the device will start a particular playlist of the songs which you listen to most frequently. The App Actions will observe your general behavior and will improve over time.

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Notifications redesigned

The notifications have also got a design overhaul. The icons are now circular and the notifications show expanded previews for messages along with a provision of smart replies. This feature has particularly grabbed our attention as smart replies might turn out to be a thing in the near future.

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Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing was one of the most talked-about things in the Google I/O this year. After the Android Pie update, your device will track down your regular device usage and will set App Timers to prevent overusing apps. Furthermore, the device will automatically turn on Night Light and Do Not Disturb modes and will turn on the grayscale display mode before your bedtime. This is particularly intended towards those who overuse their Android smartphones and impact their health while doing so.

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On top of these major changes, the Android Pie update brings about a ton of fixes and is surely one of the most promising updates in the recent times. We cannot just call it an incremental update. The introduction of the new gesture-based navigation system is completely going to change the way we interact with the apps in our smartphones.

As of now, the Android Pie update is available to be downloaded in the Google Pixel lineup of smartphones and the Essential Phone. We can certainly expect devices like the OnePlus 6 to soon follow suit.

What are your thoughts on the latest Android Pie update? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

Former National Defence Academy Cadet, Mukul Sharma is an Android Lover. He makes Android reviews on Android Updated. You can find him at Android Updated or at Stuff Listings.

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Gboard for Android Updated: Added 63 new languages

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Gboard for Android has recently got updated. After the update, the app now has 63 new added languages.

Latest Gboard update: Changelog

latest gboard update changelog

• Clipboard (Beta): Quick access to your favorite snippets
• Unlist versions targeted to KitKat
• 60+ language varieties, including: Alsatian, Ambonese, Balti, Cape Verdean Creole, Duri, Ghanaian Pidgin, Hawu, IPA, Jula, Kambaata, Kankanaey, Kui, Lama, Lepcha, Makassar Malay, Melanau, Moba, Muna, Nauruan, Pa’O Karen, Pamona, Réunion Creole, Sgaw
• Join our beta program – http://goo.gl/8Ksj7x
  • Achomi
  • Akoose
  • Alsatian
  • Ambonese Malay
  • Assyrian (Syria)
  • Balkan Gagauz Turkish
  • Balti
  • Batak Simalungun*
  • Buginese (Lontara)*
  • Cape Verdean Creole*
  • Chokwe (DRC)
  • Classical Syriac
  • Dazaga
  • Duri
  • Ghanaian Pidgin
  • Hawu
  • Indus Kohistani
  • International Phonetic Alphabet*
  • Itawit
  • Jula*
  • Kambaata (Ge’ez)
  • Kambaata (Latin)
  • Kankanaey
  • Kui
  • Ladino (Israel)
  • Lama
  • Lepcha*
  • Limbu*
  • Makassar Malay
  • Mamasa
  • Mehri
  • Melanau
  • Moba
  • Mongondow
  • Muna
  • Mundang*
  • Mundari (Latin)
  • Mundari (Odia)
  • Nauruan*
  • Ntcham
  • Osage*
  • Pa’O Karen*
  • Pamona
  • Parkari Koli
  • Plateau Malagasy
  • Réunion Creole
  • Sebat Bet Gurage
  • Sgaw Karen
  • South Bolivian Quechua*
  • Sukuma
  • Supyire
  • Sylheti (Syloti Nagri)
  • Tai Dam (Tai Viet)*
  • Tai Lue (New Tai Lue)
  • Tay
  • Toraja-Sa’dan
  • Vai*
  • Vasavi (Gujarati)
  • Wanetsi
  • Western Kayah (Kayah Li)
  • Xong
  • Yao
  • Yiddish (Israel)

In case you want to download the latest Gboard update, you can head to the Google Play Store or you can get it from here.

What are your thoughts on the latest update? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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Sony smartphone app: UsNow video chat software

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Sony Xperia UsNow app details

Sony has launched a new smartphone app dubbed the Sony UsNow. The report has come to Android Updated courtesy of Letsgodigital.

Sony Xperia UsNow app details

On 11 April 2019, Sony Corporation registered a trademark with the EUIPO for UsNow. The brand name was applied for by patent and law firm Müller Fottner Steinecke from Munich, Germany.

This company often acts on behalf of Sony, Müller Fottner established the trademark earlier this year for CinemaWide Display, the enormously long 21: 9 screen used by the new Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 smartphones.

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The trademark for UsNow is classified as Class 9, with the description; smartphone software for sharing the screen with others and simultaneously communicating via video chat.


The function as described is of course not entirely new. Among other things, Skype offers the possibility to share the screen, so that friends or colleagues can watch your screen. Handy if you want to discuss a project, but also if you want to show a nice holiday destination for your friends. However, with Skype, this only works via the PC, and therefore not from an Android or iOS device. Sony UsNow will offer a similar service, but for smartphones.

In the Google Play Store, you will also find various apps for screen mirroring, but these are only meant for showing your smartphone screen on a TV. And not so much from smartphone to smartphone, in combination with a video chat service.

It is as yet unknown when Sony will unveil its new UsNow smartphone app. We may have to be patient until IFA 2019, this annual tech fair in Berlin will start September 6 A new high-end Xperia smartphone is also expected by that time.

View the Sony UsNow trademark here.

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Poco Launcher for Android Updated: Added dark mode

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Poco Launcher for Android has recently got updated. After the update, the launcher supports a native dark mode.

Latest Poco Launcher update: What’s new?

1. Fix the bug of icon pack with white background.
2. Dark mode! Yay!
3. You can add custom apps to App vault shortcuts now.
4. Double tapping the screen to lock device works on all compatible models now.
5. Icons got crisper and prettier!
6. We fixed the bugs that slowed down the UI. Now it’s more responsive.
7. We fixed multiple minor bugs as well.

In order to make use of the dark background, you would have to dig a bit deep (Settings menu, hit More and then Backgrounds). Furthermore, you can set the transparency of the background in the app drawer and can even keep it to Pitch Black.

The Poco Launcher was initially launched with the Poco F1, but you can download it on any other smartphone (the download link to the updated version is given at the bottom).

Get it from the Google Play Store

What are your thoughts on the latest Poco Launcher? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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