Essential Rolling Out Android Pie Update Minutes After Google’s Announcement

Clark ByrdAug 07, 2018

A new dashboard in Android 9 Pie will detail how much time you've spent on your phone or tablet in a given day, which apps you use the most (organized by time), how many times you unlock a device and the number of notifications you've received.

In true Essential fashion, the company is rolling out the Android Pie update to its only device; the PH1.

One such trick is "App Actions", an AI-based prediction tool that operates in the background, offering you suggestions for the next app you might want to use. For example, if you go to Google Search and type in "Lyft", an interactive Slice will provide a price and time for a trip to work, and it's fully interactive so you can simply click to order a ride.

Many expected the final public build to arrive later in the month - leaker Evan Blass, who typically nails this sort of stuff, penciled in the new version of Android for August 20.

Hot on the heels of Google's Android Pie announcement, Essential confirmed that it's now updating the Essential Phone to Android 9.0 Pie. Slices, the new feature that surfaces information relating to apps within search results, will arrive in the fall.

Google has announced the official release of Android 9 Pie with new AI features which aim to make your device smarter and more tailored to you.

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"We've built Android 9 to learn from you-and work better for you-the more you use it". Bear in mind, however, that you'll need a computer, the Android SDK Platform Tools package and a bit of familiarity with running updates via the command line to get it done. With it, you'll be able to get important info from inside your apps without actually launching them.

Set the brightness to how you like it, depending on your setting. Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie, which is a great move by Essential.

The new Android will also allow developers to access APIs that manage secure NFC payments and will sport a new ART runtime that will look to reduce an app's memory footprint and speed up performance.

Soon after, you'll get an email with an invite to begin testing digital wellness.

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