After months of beta testing and teasing, Google is ready to push the latest version of Android to some of its devices. The Android 9 now has a name too: Android Pie.
Despite having a new major version number, Android 9 is more of an evolution than a revolution. The company has focused more on AI and gestures than changing how the OS looks and feels (apart from the new navigation at the bottom).
Android Pie has a new navigation system which gets rid of the multitasking button and adds iPhone X like gestures for switching apps and going to home screen. The Pie adds to it by making it easy to access the Google search bar via just one swipe from the bottom.
Apart from the navigation and AI, Google has also added a new app called Digital Wellbeing. It will help users in monitoring their phone usage and getting rid of phone addiction if they have any.
If you are looking to install it on your phone, you may have to wait a couple months as the Android 9 is, at the moment, only available to install on Google Pixel and Pixel 2 series phones and the Essential PH-1 phones which was launched by Andy Rubin last year.
No doubt some people will criticize Google for ripping off Apple’s navigation gesture, but I think the company has added to at rather than lifting the features as is from iPhone X.