In this guide we’ll go over everything you need to know about the new Android 9.0 Pie update. Following a long Android P beta period, Google released Android Pie on August 6th. Here’s everything you need to know and 10 tips as you prepare for and await its arrival.
Google announced Android P back in March earlier than we expected and before most phones even had Android Oreo. In the months that followed, we’ve seen five betas add new features, exciting changes, and tease what’s coming next. We say tease because some features aren’t in the official Android Pie release, not yet.
Instead of only offering it for the Pixel and Pixel 2, the Android P Beta is available for 11 different devices from seven manufacturers. You can get the official Android 9.0 Pie update on your Pixel or Pixel z, or install the beta on phones from Sony, Oppo, OnePlus, Essential and more.
This is the first time Google’s letting multiple devices try the next version of Android early. As a result, we believe the Android 9.0 Pie update will be one of the fastest updates in the history of Android. In fact, Essential released it today too, the same day as Google. Between project treble and an early beta, manufacturers have plenty of time to prepare updates.
There’s plenty to get excited about in this next version of Android 9.0 Pie. It introduces a new gesture navigation system, dark themes, smart controls, and a new digital wellbeing tool to name a few. Google made a huge effort to make Android smarter, more secure, fast, and last longer with battery life efficiency tweaks.
Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2 are the first phones to get the official update to Android 9.0 Pie update from August 6th, and more devices will soon follow. Then, we could see popular phones like the upcoming Galaxy Note 9, LG V40 and OnePlus 6T all launch with Android P. That way owners won’t have to wait for an update on their new device.
Now that Android 9.0 Pie is here manufacturers can quickly start making the necessary changes so they can send it to owners. Phones from Samsung, LG, and HTC typically take longer, as they have a custom skin they put over stock Android. Basically, those updates will take longer to arrive and that’s where these tips will help the most. Either way, Android Pie is almost here and these tips will help you prepare for its arrival.
Android Pie Release Date
As we said earlier, Google announced Android P back in March. Since then, we've seen five developer previews and four betas for a bunch of devices. That was all for testing and ensuring the software is ready to go once they release it to the public.
So, when will Google release Android 9.0 P to the general public? Well, that all starts today, or August 6th for those reading this later. In a surprise turn of events, Google released Android 9.0 Pie (That's the official name) on August 6th earlier than anyone expected.
On the Android Developer Blog Google suggested late August. They released a timeline that confirmed the beta 4 and 5 in July, with a release date around August/September. And while we heard rumors of August 20th, that ended up wrong.
Keep in mind that August 6th (or whenever it arrives for Pixels) is only for Google's Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel 2 devices. Today, the official update is sent to manufacturers.
Now, the real waiting begins. We'll have to wait months on end for Samsung to develop, build, test, test some more, issue betas, fix what's broken, then deliver Android 9.0 to devices like the Galaxy S9 in 2019.
We're hopeful that Android P updates will come faster, but we're still pretty sure most big manufacturers won't deliver them until sometime in early 2019. So while Android Pie is here today, unless you have a Pixel, Essential Phone, OnePlus, or a few other brands, you won't get Android 9 until early 2019.
Hopefully they prove me wrong.