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Google Android 9 Pie Update Improves Battery Life, User Interface

After the success of the Android Oreo operating system (OS) for the past couple of years, Google is set to release their newest operating system to update their Android phones. With a successful preview back in May now behind them, people are more anxious than ever for the new Android 9 Pie.

According to WIRED, this new OS is said to be a big improvement from the Android Oreo. It features a brand new navigation system, easy to understand screen-time controls, battery optimization, and tweaks to certain privacy settings. One noticeable change is that the back button has disappeared. However, it does return when using an app. It may take users a while to get used to the Android 9 Pie, but the update is easier to use. But if you find yourself hating it, there is the option to revert to the old navigation system while keeping the updated OS.

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Another positive trait of the Android 9 Pie is the battery optimization, designed to improve the life of your phone's battery. The new "Adaptive Battery" learns which apps you use most versus those rarely touched. This means that it will determine what apps will be used so it can limit battery life to the apps you almost never touch. This feature doesn't seem to show its benefits initially; rather, users will see those benefits gradually over time. Also, anything learned by AI- even outside the Adaptive Battery- happens within your phone, and not in the cloud. This should give users some peace of mind.

One more big addition is what's being dubbed the "digital well-being" software. The idea behind it is to encourage users to not be on their phones so much by allowing them to see how much time you've spent on your phone today, and what apps you use most. You also get to see how many times you've unlocked your phone, and how many notifications you've received.

Google has already made the Android 9 Pie available for their Pixel smartphone. However, it has yet to be released on remaining smartphones. It's unclear when exactly that will be, so those with Androids will have to keep an eye out for the newest OS to download for their phones.

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