Android 9.0 Pie- Features, List of Compatible devices

We all might be aware of the latest announcement Google made relating to the next version of Android OS named as Android 9.0 Pie. Google currently supports the Pixel phones for now. Some of them include- Google pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel XL2. The Android Pie Beta preview was earlier announced this year by Google and included a number of new features in the list. It has also been announced by Google that the brands such as Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Essential, Sony and others along with some Android One phones whose devices that were a part of of the Android P developer preview program will get the Android 9.0 Pie as well.

In this article, today we will be sharing with you all a list of Supported Android 9.0 Pie beta currently:

  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Essential PH‑1
  • Oppo R15 Pro
  • Vivo X21
  • OnePlus 6

Along with a list of the features of Android 9.0 Pie, the currently compatible list of Android P Beta Programs, i.e. we will see the devices that can experience this dessert of Android OS in the form of Android P and a lot more to help you. Keep reading further for more.

If you are a Pixel user, you can download the Android Pie factory image and Flash it on your Phone.

Although the announcement from Google was expected to be heard near around mid or later in March 2018, they dropped the curtain from the Android Developer Preview (DP1) quite earlier. With this announcement just like always, Google managed to meet up the expectations of its users by adding a number of new features and changes.  No matter how the Android OS stands- Alone or  as a whole, the Apps features in it are always good with its users.

Just as the name suggests, Android 9.o Pie is the Ninth iteration of the Android OS (Operating System). This version is the successor to Android 8.0 Oreo. Rumor had the confusions with the announcement dates regarding the names of the 9th major Android OS from Google. The most expected ones from all of them were- Popsicle, Pistachio, Pineapple Pie. The final name Android 9.0 Pie was officially then announced by Google. Android 9.0 is being carved with utmost care by giving touch-ups to existing attributes of Android Oreo and stuffing newer features, hand in hand.

More than half of the features of Android 9.0 Pie have been well-received in the beta. In the new stable version of Android Pie we get the more advanced battery management system with AI, App actions, improved text selection features which  now comes with a magnifier and smart text selection and new gestural navigation system.

Features of Android 9.0 Pie OS

There has been made a keen versatile make over cum touch up over time in the Android Oreo to design and carve Android 9.0 Pie. With a number of significant new additions and developments it has got a comparatively longer list of features. Some of which are highlighted below:

Flexibility in Brightness
You will be amazed to hear this, but this is true! Google is actually aiming at making smartphones smarter by making it learn from your habits and adapt according to your preferences.

So Android 9.0 now sports a new mechanism called ‘Adaptive Brightness’ that learns your preferred levels of brightness in different surroundings. By tracking user adjusted brightness, it will automatically set the screen brightness levels for you. Now don’t act like you weren’t impressed!

Slices is one of the best Android P features which comes in handy at several places. It lets you perform basic application activities outside the app. Let’s say you search for ‘Lyft’ in Google Search. An interactive Slice appears on screen that displays price and time for a trip to work so that you can quickly book a ride. In simple words, Slices are fully functional UIs that can be embedded externally in other applications to provide a variety of options to the user. Just like tons of other segments in Android, this feature also performs a deep analysis of your inputs and contexts to show you the best parts of the apps you use most of the time. Personally, i absolutely love this feature.
Improvement in Messaging Apps
Speaking of messaging apps, although today they are considered traditional and used much less as compared to earlier times, may be for this one reason, Google has made a hell number of improvements to enhance the experience of texting. The images have been made viewable in the notification shade of all incoming texts. Apart from this it also has got another cool feature named Smart Reply through which you can reply quickly to messages through the notification shade and use suggested responses that are created by analysis of the incoming messages.
Default HTTP for Apps
Internet browsing works on two protocols: HTTP and HTTPS, with a major difference being the encryption feature of the latter. But not all apps use the secure protocol for communication which can expose you to potential dangers. Now all apps built for Android P will communicate data via HTTPS by default. This will ensure the safety of your data while sending or receiving data from the app’s servers.
Art Improvements
New changes in the OS will improve the Android Run time (ART) resulting in a significant performance and efficiency boosts. This implies that apps can launch faster and consume less memory on your phone with Android Pie. Now isn’t that cool?
Notch Compatibility
Not everyone prefers this, however, every smartphone manufacturer is following the trend of notch displays. And Google seemed a little unprepared since Android 8.0 had no support for a display cut-out. Henceforth, Android P features an edge-to-edge screen support with an option to “Stimulate a display with a cut-out.” The new feature will encompass different types of cut out modes like narrow, tall, and wide to suffice different notch dimensions. This option can be found after enabling the developer options. After doing so, follow Developer options > Drawing > Simulate a display with a cutout. Finally, choose the cutout size.
Gesture Navigation in Android Pie
Just as similar to iPhone X, Google has revamped the way you navigate the operating system by introducing Gesture Navigation in Android Pie. In place of three buttons set on the home screen, you get an option to use a new single home button that allows you to swipe up to view recent apps along with a UI that suggests apps you might use. It can surely send a chill down your spine. Sliding too far left and right across the device would showcase recent apps and letting you quickly switch between them.
Notify on Call Recording
No Doubt Call recording feature is quite good, but what is better is its ability to notify all parties whenever a conversation is being recorded. As the call recording starts, the system will play a tone at an interval of 15 seconds to alert the other person.
Zoom in Text
We can finally get rid of the annoying mistakes of selecting incorrect text. Android P will now support Zoom lens feature. Basically, when you long press a phrase, it will automatically magnify at the pointer. Not to mention, this will help you read small text and selecting words precisely. May be this isn’t sounding as fascinating to you, but you have to trust me this feature is a boon especially for people who prefer reading books online.
Do Not Disturb Mode
For all our insomniacs and nictophiles out there, Google has brought for you a gift you missed on Christmas otherwise. Wind Down is a feature that will allow you to turn on the night lights and Do Not Disturb mode as well at whatever time you want it.It not only silences the phone calls and notifications but also all the visual interruptions like notifications that frequently pop up on your screen. Another gesture-based Android Pie feature called ‘Shush’ makes it easier to distance yourself away from calls and notifications by enabling Do Not Disturb mode.
Indoor navigation with Wi-Fi RTT
Android P now supports IEEE 802.11mc WiFi protocol which is also known as Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). It’s one of the best features that Android fans are waiting for. This new feature allows us to find our way across short distances within malls and large buildings i.e. indoor GPS style tracking by determining your location within a building and facilitating turn-by-turn directions to help you navigate indoors.
Vibration on pulling the notification drawer
A customizable feature- Vibration on pulling the notification drawer down. Hence allowing you to choose from options.
Revamped Settings App
Revamped Settings App with options and features icons made more colorful than earlier.
Option to pare with up to 5 Bluetooth devices
Unlike Android 8.1 Oero, where you had the choice to simultaneously connect two devices via Bluetooth. In Android P, you can pair up to a maximum of five devices. It is crucial to note that this new feature is not for simultaneous playback, however, it works well with the new media panel. Which is another great feature.
157 New Emoji
Android P is now with 157 new emojis added and some revamped emoji designs. These emoji already existed in the Unicode Standard, but Google is now following its guidelines more closely. This also marks the removal of gender-neutral blobs. The new pack of exciting emojis includes a cold face, hot face, mango, and llama. A new line of redhead emoji is also added in Android P.
Pixel Launcher Dock
Quite Transparent and corners with rounded shape of the Pixel Launcher Dock.
Picture in picture
Shortcut in the form of a gear button in PIP(Picture in picture) Mode screen that opens up the device Settings. This will help enable/disable the PIP effect on a particular App.
Clever Notification Panel
The notification channels on Android P have been redesigned and it now allows you to block the specific type of notifications from popping up on your phone.
Ambient Display
Battery percentage visible on the Lock screen- Ambient Display. A much-requested feature to show battery charge percentage on the Ambient Display has now been added to Android P.
App Actions
App Actions: To tell you in simple words, if you connect your headphones to your smartphone, App Actions will ask if you’d like to continue listening to your favorite playlist on Spotify, thus allowing you to skip several steps in the process. Such actions show up throughout the OS such as Smart Text Selection, the Play Store, Launcher, the Google Search app and the Assistant. Hence anticipating your future action based on the current one.
Screenshot button
Screenshot button is added. Press the power button and along with Power related options, it will show the screenshot feature. Another handy Android 9.0 feature is the addition of the screenshot button to the power menu. Thanks to this feature, you no longer have to struggle with the power + volume down buttons.
Multi-camera API
Multi-camera API to create a fused camera stream to automatically switch between two or more lenses. This allows for zoom, bokeh, etc features.
HDR VP9 video and HEIF image
HDR VP9 video and HEIF image compression support. The High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a new image format developed by MPEG group. Its advanced compression method retains higher image quality than JPEG images and creates smaller file size.
Enhanced Privacy Security
With the dates moving further and issues of privacy concerns like Facebook tracking your activities, it surely would be a great relief to know that Android has renovated its privacy factor in the latest version. Till now was a method that once you allow an app to access your camera and mic, it can use them whenever they want. But Android 0.9 Pie will block apps running in the background from microphones and accessing camera. If an app tries to use your camera without seeking your permission or without your consent, it will be shut down and receive system errors whereas apps that attempt to record audio will capture blank sound until you open the app. This indeed is something new and safer. Android Pie also brings with it restricted access to call logs for better visibility and control to apps that need information like phone number identification and phone call record access. If an app needs call log access, it must explicitly request these permissions. Similar restrictions have been applied to phone numbers, WiFi location, connection information, etc. When we speak of further restrictions on the background apps, sensors like gyroscopes and accelerometers that use continuous reporting mode don’t receive events. Same applies to on-change and one-shot reporting sensors like step counter, proximity, and heart rate sensor, significant motion, etc.
Smart Replies
Smart replies in the message. It is the same as in Google assistant you get to select a few actions suggested by the Assistant
Neural Network
Now runs Neural Network API 1.1.
A Dark Theme
In the earlier times, Google automatically applied a dark or light theme based on the wallpaper’s color tone. But Android P features a notable option to manually change from different themes. Under the display advanced settings, you can select whichever theme you prefer. Again, the theme settings will only apply to the app drawer and the notification shade.
Doze Mode
Refinements to Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits that aims to improve battery life. It learns to prioritize battery power by observing apps and services you use the most, thereby helping you get the most out of your battery, and make it last for a longer time. To further improve your battery saving experience, improvements have been made to battery saver feature. Now Android Pie doesn’t wait for an app to be idle and puts an app in standby mode more aggressively. Also, background apps don’t have network access and the limits are applied to all apps–it doesn’t matter if they target Android P or not.
Auto- Rotate Button
The addition of new contextually aware button makes auto-rotation a whole lot easier and is one of the incredibly handy Android features I have seen. An auto-rotate button appears in the navigation bar when your phone is rotated to an orientation it’s not currently locked to.
Auto fill
Much improved Auto fill Framework with data set filtering, input sanitization. Input sanitation helps in adding a credit/debit card number properly by adding space after four characters.
Password Managers
Auto fill also brings password managers to use the accessibility-based approach in apps that don’t have full Auto fill support.
Fingerprint Security
The experience with the Fingerprint security will now be more consistent
Media Panel
Yes. You read it right. Finally our voices have been heard. There has been made a complete transformation in the entire media panel. The volume slider is now vertical and shifted to the right of the screen. And *drum rolls* the physical volume buttons will only change media volumes by default. The same media panel also features different volume options when connected to more than one device. This separates the phone volume from the volume of connected devices.

List of devices Supporting Android 9.0 Pie

Android 9.0 Pie- Features, List of Compatible devices

Speaking truthfully, the list of supported devices for Android Pie 9.0 is merely based on a number of Criteria. We are not aware of any such fixed marks on basis of which the supporting devices are chosen.

Hence helplessly, we will just assume these devices will get the Android 9.0 Pie update on the basis of how relevant and latest the device is. Usually, a device receives a major Android OS upgrade within two years of its entry into the market.

So, we have listed the devices that will receive Android-P on the basis of that. There are a lot of premium flagship devices that are pretty new and running Oreo Android OS. So, there are chances these devices will get the Android 9.0 P too. So, here goes the list of devices.

List of Asus Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Device Name  Status
 Asus Zenfone 5  Coming
 Asus Zenfone 5Z  Coming
 Asus Zenfone 5Z Lite  Coming
 Asus Zenfone 5Q  Coming
 Asus Zenfone Max (M1) ZB555KL  Coming
 Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) ZB601KL  Coming
 Asus Zenfone Max Plus (M1) ZB570TL  Coming
 Asus ZenFone Live (L1) ZA550KL  Coming
 Asus ROG Phone  Coming
 Asus Zenfone V V520KL  No Confirmation
 Asus ZenFone 4 Pro  Supported
 Asus ZenFone 4 Max  Supported
 Asus ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL)  Supported
 Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL)  Supported
 Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL)  Not Confirmed
 Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL)  Not Confirmed
 Asus Zenpad Z8s (ZT582KL)  Not Confirmed
 Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone 3 Max  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone 3 Laser  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone 3  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra  Not Supported
 Asus ZenPad 3s 8.0  Not Supported
 Asus ZenPad 3s 10  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone 3s Max  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone Go (ZB552KL)  Not Supported
 Asus Zenfone Live (ZB501KL)  Not Supported
 Asus ZenPad Z10  Not Supported

List of Google Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Phone Name  Status 
 Google Pixel 2  Supported
 Google Pixel 2 XL  Supported
 Google Pixel  Supported
 Google Pixel XL  Supported
 Google Pixel C  Not Supported
 Nexus 6P  Not Supported
 Nexus 5X  Not Supported

List of Essential Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Device Name  Status 
 Essential PH-1  Confirmed

List of Honor Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Phone Name  Status 
 Honor 9  No Confirmation
 Honor View 10  Confirmed
 Honor 8 Lite  Confirmed
 Honor 8 Pro  Confirmed
 Honor 7X  Confirmed
 Honor 6X  Confirmed

List of Huawei Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Devices  Status
Huawei Mate 10 Lite  Confirmed
Huawei Mate 10  Confirmed
Huawei Mate 10 Pro  Confirmed
Huawei Nova 2i  Confirmed
Huawei P20 Pro  Confirmed
Huawei P10 Lite  Confirmed
Huawei P10  Confirmed
Huawei P20  Confirmed
Huawei P20 Pro  Confirmed
Huawei P8 Lite  Confirmed

List of Honor Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Devices   Status
 HTC One M8  Confirmed
 HTC U11+  Confirmed
 HTC U11  Confirmed
 HTC U12+  Confirmed

List of Motorola Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Device   Status
 Moto Z3 Play  Confirmed
 Moto Z Play  Confirmed
 Moto G6  Confirmed
 Moto G6 Plus  Confirmed
 Moto G6 Play  Confirmed
 Moto X4  Confirmed
 Moto Z2 Play  Confirmed
 Moto Z2 Force  Confirmed
 Moto Z3  Confirmed
 Moto G5S Plus  Not Supported
 Moto G5S  Not Supported
 Moto G5 Plus  Not Supported
 Moto G5  Not Supported
 Lenovo Moto Z  Not Supported

List of LG Devices getting Android 9.0 Pie

 Device  Status
 LG G6  No Confirmation
 LG G5  No Confirmation
 LG V40   Confirmed
 LG V30  No Confirmation

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