Every year, Google releases new version of its Android operating system. And every year, everyone from professionals in the industry down to laymen out there is giddy with excitement over what new features and tweaks the new version brings about. This year it is no different. Android P was already being talked about when Android 8.0 Oreo’s stable release hit all the phones in the world last year. Many predictions were made about the moniker but Google decides to settle with Pie this time. In early August 2018, Google Pixel phones were the first to receive the update with some other phones are set to get the same update in the coming months.
The latest Android flavor is appealing for so many reasons. The notifications shade and the settings menu are both revamped. The notifications shade now sports rounded corners everywhere it is being swiped down. The settings menu, on the other hand, is now more colorful. Also coming with the update is the smart reply in notifications. Messaging app can now offer suggestion for you to use smart replies in each notification. Android Pie, however, does not let you expand the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth settings right from the shade, unlike Android Oreo.
The release of Android Pie is also accompanied by the implementation of official dark mode. If previously you can only trigger the dark mode by selecting the right wallpaper, you can now select among dark mode or light mode or choose to let the phone select it for you. Android Pie catches up with the latest trend in mobile phone industry: the notch. With phones produced with smaller and smaller bezels, notch is the only way to go these days. The new update gives you a chance to simulate a display with a cutout. But you need to first enable Developer Mode to get into this feature though.