Android 9 'Pie' has officially launched with a focus on artificial intelligence

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For Google, the Android 9 Pie is a major update, even though it doesn't come with significant changes in terms of the user interface.

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. It will use artificial intelligence to adapt to how you use the device. With Android 9.0 Pie, Google partnered with DeepMind to create Adaptive Battery, which is able to prioritize battery power for your most used apps and services. Here's a look at the new features touted for Android 9 Pie. Later this fall, we'll also roll out Slices (pie.slices.get it?!) which shows relevant information from your favorite apps when you need it.

The program isn't now ready for wide release, but users can sign up to take part in a Digital Wellbeing beta to help Google test the feature before it officially launches this fall by signing up here. The newest version of Android brings a redesigned gesture interface that gets rid of the onscreen navigation buttons that have been central way of navigation.

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App Actions: App Actions predicts what you'll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone, saving you time.

While Android 9 Pie is officially launching today, this is an Android version that has very publicly gone through its beta stages and so there is not a lot left to be known or announced when it comes to features and benefits. You'll see a Google Search bar and your dock in the Overview as well.

Volume controls: Simpler, more accessible volume controls let you control media volume instantly, as well as quickly toggle call and notification volume settings. Once you've accepted your invitation, Digital Wellbeing will appear in your phone's Settings app. With this feature enabled, you can set a time at which the Night Light and Do Not Disturb features are turned on, and the screen turns to grayscale. Everyone else will be waiting on their manufactures to release the update but the company does say 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 this update by the end of this fall.

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