Android 9 Pie is already here but exclusively on Google Pixel and mobile phones that were part of the beta version. Whether you have followed the development of the new OS or you’re just a new user, these are some of the tricks that will now be available on Android devices.
1) Optimize battery usage
Let Android intelligently manage the use of the battery by going to Settings / Battery / Adaptive Battery, and less important applications will take a back seat. Notifications of those applications may not come immediately but they will use less battery, and the system should become smarter over time. The battery saving mode is also available.
2) Let Android control the brightness
Another option in Android 9 Pie that supposedly improves over time is the Adaptive Brightness, which you can find in the Display menu in Settings. Android takes into account the application you are using and the levels of ambient light needed to set the screen brightness automatically, which allows you to avoid constant frolicking with the brightness bar.
3) Take advantage of the apps (part I)
What’s new in Android 9 Pie is what they have dubbed App Actions, a series of custom shortcuts for certain functions that try to predict what you’re going to do next. For example, a link to Google Maps if you are about to go to work, or a direct access to music player if you just connected a pair of headphones. To see them, open the Android applications folder.
4) Take advantage of apps (part II)
The Slices have a similar function to App Actions, but they are not quite the same. They are not yet available on Android 9 Pie, they will be released “later, in the fall,” says Google. They are shortcuts to applications that appear in search quarry every time you search for something on your phone, so if you search for “Lyft,” for example, you may see some quick links to order a taxi to your home or work.
5) Take screenshots faster
The Power + Volume down combo still works to take a screenshot on your Android 9 Pie device, but now you can also press Power on and then select the Screen Capture option (Shutdown and Restart options will also appear) . It will be faster if you want to take screenshots with one hand, and you can press Edit in the notification to add annotations later.
6) Swipe more easily
Android 9 Pie has a navigation system more in the style of the iPhone X that leaves the general button below and add more slide controls: slide up on the Home screen to see recently used applications, then slide up again to see the applications folder. You can edit some of these options depending on the phone model you have, going to Settings / System and Gestures.
7) Turn the screen in an instant
The usual controls to block screen rotation are still present and work as usual in Android 9 Pie, but now the operating system offers a quick option to switch between vertical and horizontal when you need it. If you change the orientation and the screen is locked, you will see a small Turn button in the corner where the Overview button used to be.
8) Adjust the volume quickly
Video, music and social media applications often play audio when you don’t necessarily want to, and mute them faster in Android 9 Pie. Simply touch the Volume Down button once and then touch the musical note symbol to completely silence the application. Touch the small gear icon and you can adjust the volumes for alarms, calls, file playback, etc.
9) Silence repetitive notifications
Android 9 Pie will recognize when you discard many notifications from the same application and ask if you want to mute them or keep watching them. To recover an application that you have previously silenced, open Settings and then touch Applications and notifications, and then notifications: you can see how many alerts each application has sent and activate or deactivate the pop-ups as you see fit.
10) No distraction
The Do Not Disturb mode brings an update on Android 9 Foot: in addition to silencing the alerts that come from outside, as you have always done, now you can also hide the emergency notifications. Your phone will not light up or show anything in the status bar. (except important telephone alerts). To configure all this according to your tastes, open it in Settings and then choose Sound and Do not disturb.
11) Set limits for the time you spend in front of the screen
Google’s Digital Wellbeing toolset, such as the new Pie, is still in the “coming soon” stage . Digital Wellbeing appears as a new option in Settings. You can see in which applications you are investing most of your time and set limits if you wish. These limits can easily be deactivated again, but it can be useful sometimes.
12) Disconnect at night
Another part of Digital Wellbeing is a feature that Google has named Wind Down, which uses some tricks to make you fall asleep and not stay awake looking at your phone. Put what time you go to bed, and when the time comes, Android will turn off the screen, turn on a blue light filter and activate the Do Not Disturb mode. When you wake up, all these changes will have disappeared.