Google officially names Android 9 as Android Pie

Google is dropping a major surprise on us today and releasing the final consumer-ready version of Android P. It has a final name: the version number is "9" (not "9.0"), and we know what the "P" stands for: "Pie". But, just for kicks, we here at SamMobile thought we should ask our readers to place their bets on when they think Samsung will release the Pie update for any of its devices.

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. And that, according to Google, will help Android 9 Pie learn and get smarter in future.

And 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! To get to the phone's app drawer, you'll need to swipe up twice from the home button.

We've gotten a peek at quite a few of Android 9.0 Pie's features in recent months, but it's worth taking a glance at them one more time now that the update is officially rolling out to the public. The digital wellness features are all still in beta, and won't be included when you get the update.

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"From predicting your next task so you can jump right into the action you want to take, to prioritizing battery power for the apps you use most, to helping you disconnect from your phone at the end of the day, Android 9 adapts to your life and the ways you like to use your phone".

Hints that Google has been working on an official dark theme for Android have been around for a while now, but with the latest preview we finally have a dedicated setting to switch between a light and dark theme in Android P. Or, if you prefer, you can let Android P decide the right theme based on your current wallpaper.

Another new feature is Adaptive Brightness, which learns "how you like to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for you". Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness will help improve performance and battery life. It then display that action on their phone. You can also expect an Android 9.0 Pie update for some, but not all, Galaxy smartphones and tablets. New emojis include a llama, a superhero, and a gender-neutral family.

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