12 new features of Android 9 that have been officially launched

Haloapk.com - Android smartphone manufacturers also provide an update of this version to their old products. Do you have an Android 9 Pie on your Android smartphone?

Android 9 Pie itself has been officially released by Google on August 6, 2018 then. Android smartphone manufacturers are slowly starting to switch to this version.

The ninth version of the Android operating system is available through an over-the-air update for Google's Pixel series devices.

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Meanwhile, Compared to its predecessor operating system, Android Pie has some of the latest features and is more customizable for today's phones. What are the new features and advantages of Android Pie compared to previous Androids? Also read Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

New Features and Benefits of Android Pie 9.0

1. Smart reply from notification

Smart reply on the Android Pie notification (Google), Google applies a round appearance in the Android Pie graphical interface, including the quick settings and notification tray sections. The visual material design theme on Android Pie does add white space and rounded corners.

Display settings also now display icons that are more colorful. For notifications, Android Pie is able to display content such as images from the instant messaging application, with the option to reply directly to a conversation.

2. Dark mode

In certain circumstances, the appearance of a dark colored interface is more comfortable than bright white colors like its predecessor. On Android Oreo before, Google had provided a dark mode option that must be activated by selecting wallpaper, but the feature was later withdrawn.

Dark mode is now back on Android Pie. How to activate it is also easy, which is enough to open the Display options in the Settings menu, then Device theme, then choose between three options, which are automatic (based on wallpaper), bright, or dark.

3. Simulated "bangs"

A pair of front camera of the Huawei Nova 3i is embedded in the notch of the screen, flanking the earpiece. Many Android smartphones have a "notch" or bangs at the top as a place for the front camera and earpiece, while the screen continues to widen and leave only a thin frame on the edge of the device.

To accommodate current trends, Android Pie provides a notch simulation facility for developers, so they can see what their app will look like on a smartphone. The trick is to activate the Developer Mode, then activate the option "Simulate a display with a cutout" in the Drawing section.

4. Editing screenshot

The screenshot editing option is displayed in the Android Pie notification panel after the image capture was taken. Android Pie still supports how to take screenshots by holding the power and volume down keys together. in addition, there are new features for editing screenshots.

After the screenshot is taken, Android Pie will display an "Edit" button in the screenshot preview. editing options include crop, highlight, and drawing. This shortens the steps needed if the user wants to edit a screenshot image before sharing it with others.

5. Digital wellbeing

To overcome the problem of smartphone addiction which is now starting to become a common disease, through Android 9 Pie, Google introduced Digital Wellbeing. Through this new feature, Google ensures that smartphones that 'work' for users, not vice versa. To support it all, Google embed a number of features that allow users to manage their time in front of the smartphone screen.

One of the most unique is the Android Dashboard, which helps users to find out how much time they spend on certain applications. in addition, there is also Wind Down Mode, which can warn users to rest or sleep.

6. Lockdown

The Lockdown feature turns off the fingerprint scanner and asks the user to enter a PIN or pattern to unlock the device. There is one new security feature for extra security that is implemented on Android Pie, namely Lockdown mode which will lock the device, then deactivate the fingerprint scanner and voice unlock, and does not display notifications on the lock screen.

The device will ask for a default key such as a PIN or pattern. How to activate it is to open the Security and Location options in the Settings menu, then lock Screen Preference, and enable Show lockdown. The option to Lockdown will then be displayed when the user presses the power button.

7. Navigation Gestur

Many Android Customs that use the iPhone X gesture navigation feature. Namely with the swipe home button to the top, you can go to recent apps.

How to activate it, go to Settings> System> Gestures. This gesture navigation also makes the home button icon oval horizontally.

8. Rotation key

Some Android users may often be forced to flip the device because of the sudden appearance of the screen changing from portrait or vice versa, when the device changes orientation.

Different from previous versions of Android which only provides "on" and "off" options for automatic rotation, Android Pie can lock the display in certain orientations. A special button in the top corner of the screen is used to activate this rotation lock.

9. Adaptive battery

The adaptive battery feature uses artificial intelligence (AI) to track user usage patterns, including the time of use. Frequently used applications will receive priority resources and batteries to run in the background.

The goal is to improve power efficiency and save battery. and makes it easier for users to review the remaining battery power indicator will be displayed at the bottom of the ambient display (always on display), as previously done by some Android manufacturers on their devices.

10. Increased security and privacy

Unlike the previous series, Android 9 Pie is now equipped with a security system that is tighter than usual. Especially on the encryption side, any activity that requires data encryption or decryption, currently can only be done via the user's smartphone (via pattern, PIN or password).

In addition, every time you connect to an internet network, Android 9 Pie will generate a random MAC address for each network that is accessed. not only security, privacy systems are also highly considered by Google. Now, Android 9 Pie will restrict access to microphones, cameras and sensors, when an application is not used or only runs in the background.

11. The search system is made smarter

As reported by TheVerge.com, the default search system from Google, is now made even smarter on Android 9 Pie. Now, instead of entering into an application to perform an activity, Android 9 Pie provides what is called effectiveness by having a number of 'activity shortcut' buttons on a number of applications.

Does not stop there, App Drawer on Google Pie is also made smarter, by suggesting a number of applications or other activities that are considered to be carried out by users.

12. Battery life is regulated by AI

Every released the latest version of Android, Google always tries as much as possible to optimize battery life.

Well, on this Android Pie, Google starts using AI as its newest solution. a new feature called Adaptive Battery, will immediately check what applications are rarely or frequently used.

After, this feature will immediately limit excessive CPU usage for applications that are rarely used. Google claims that this new feature, can save battery up to 30%.


The number of design changes will likely lead to many complaints from Android Pie OS-based device users when the Android OS v9 Pie is finally launched to all smart device users. This is not because of a bad design change, but many do not like the changes at all.

But one of the problems with this new design is the fact that Google moves the Settings button in the Notification Shade. Also read Mi Band 4 is more expensive than Mi Band 3

Also, placing it at the bottom means that you can't just lower the Notification Shade and press the Settings icon to jump to Settings. Instead, you need to swipe down and open the Quick Settings panel, then tap the Settings icon. Basically adding another step to this whole process. (Here are more steps)

In addition, the Android v9 Pie OS upgrade is a fact that the redesign found on Android Pie has never been seen by most Android users.

And this is because smartphone manufacturers use their own interface on their smartphones, rather than using AOSP and adding some features on it, like Motorola did. In addition, many default functions (default) which then will not run on Android OS v9 Pie.

The Android v9 Pie OS may not be the best or most perfect Android version ever, but it includes many of the latest features that will make your mobile better.

As with any update, there are some changes that many people might not like. Includes a new gesture based navigation mechanism and repositioning shortcut settings/seemingly unnecessary.

But at least with the presence of the latest features on Android Pie, there will be many new things that are preferred over those that are not liked.


Not all the latest features of Android Pie can be enjoyed on all brands of mobile phones. Some cellphone manufacturers might turn off some of the default features of Android Pie.

 If you want to enjoy all the latest features in Android Pie, I recommend buying an Android One phone or using a pure Android.

For example, the Digital Wellbeing feature is not implemented by default on Android Pie. To taste this feature, you must include your Android phone in the Beta program. But the conditions, the cellphone you use must be Google Pixel.

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