• Prasad Pawar

What's new in Android?

Android marshmellow, nougat, oreo and now pie!

Adaptive Battery:

Google is leveraging their massive AI clusters to help your battery last longer.

Adaptive Battery learns how and when you use the apps you use and can make adjustments that keep them from eating away at your battery when you aren't looking at them. Android apps have multiple components that often run in the background and doing things that way can cause the processor and network to be active when you don't need it to be.

When the system notices it can step in and manage an app for you it will prompt you, and if you say yes that app won't do anything you don't absolutely need it to do until you open it again. Added with the Adaptive Brightness feature, this means a substantial stretching of the time between charges.

Indoor Navigation:

Android Pie introduces support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol, also known as WiFi RTT (Round Trip Time).

WiFi RTT support means your phone can use its Wi-Fi signal (when on a network with support) for location services. RTT is precise and can locate your phone within 1-2 meters, which is more precise than the GPS signal you use outdoors.

While your first thought at hearing this might be indoor turn-by-turn navigation, this protocol can also be used for things like helping find a restroom by sending an alert or letting multiple people keep track of where each is while on a Wi-FI network with RTT support.

Multi-camera API:

API stands for Application Programming Interface and what this means is that devices with two cameras will now have both be supported by the standard Android camera tools developers use. That means any camera app can support all two-camera setups and you aren't forced to use the included camera app with your phone.

These APIs include features like zoom, portrait/bokeh, and 3D stereo vision as well as the current Android camera functions. This will help developers get their apps working well on devices with multiple cameras, and allow them to build one version that works with every phone. That means you'll see your favorite app get updated to support your two-camera phone much, much faster.

Notification improvements:

Android Pie introduces support for "more informative" notifications.

You will be able to see a preview of an attached image, see the last few messages in a conversation, and use Google Assistant-powered smart replies from the notification shade.

We see improvements to notifications with every new Android release. That's understandable, as Android's notifications are one of its strong points and we see their influence in other operating systems, both mobile and on the desktop. That happens when you build something great.

With every new set of features also comes the wait for developers to update their apps to include them. Sometimes they "just work" and other times some of them will work, but usually to get the full extent an app will need to be updated. Changes in notifications for Android Pie are no different.

A rotation button:

Android Pie has a new way to control how the display rotates, and it's great!

You can lock your rotation settings in place so that things stay vertical no matter how you tilt your phone, and a new button in the system bar will change things with just a tap. Perfect for bedtime readers.

Thats it! Do you like Android Pie yet? Have you received the update on your device?

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