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Android 9 – New version release AUGUST 2018

The new “P” or “9” version will be launched for Google Pixel devices next week. Key details of release are noted in following article by CNET:

The next generation of Android is on its way. And you guessed it — the P is for Pie. Android Pie, the new version of Google’s mobile operating system, previously called Android P, comes first to the search giant’s Pixel smartphones starting Monday.   Google typically names its new flavors of Android alphabetically and after something sugary. For example, the previous Android version was called Oreo. Before that was Nougat, preceded by Marshmallow and Lollipop. Officially, Google is calling it Android 9 Pie, or just Android 9.

Android is the dominant mobile operating system on the planet, powering almost 9 out of every 10 smartphones shipped globally. So updates in the software could eventually signal changes for how most of the world uses its phones. Android Pie mostly focuses on behind-the-scenes improvements designed to make Android phones work faster while saving precious battery life.

One big update in Android Pie is support for notches — those little cutouts on phones with screens that span most of the phone face, popularized by Apple’s iPhone X. Android Pie’s notch support doesn’t mean that every future Android phone will have this cut-out design, but it does mean Google has made it easier for apps to work smoothly on phones that happen to have notched screens.

For smartphone addicts, Android 9 introduces tools aimed at something that might seem counterintuitive for Google: Tools to help you use your phone less. A new dashboard tells you how much time you’ve spent using your phone, and the time you’ve spent in individual apps. You’ll also be able to set time limits on how much you use certain apps

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