After several Android P developer previews and Android P beta releases, Google has now officially released Android 9 “Pie” operating system which brings new features leveraging artificial intelligence such as adaptive battery, app actions or slices, as well as support for WiFi RTT indoor positioning, displays with notch, a new neural API, and so on.
I’ve already covered the new features in previous posts, so I won’t go over them again in this post. There’s however a new service/app called Digital WellBeing, which I had not heard of before, and which aims at helping you taking time away from your phone. It will officially launch this fall, but Pixel phone owners can apply for the beta version.
You can install Android 9 on your phone by downloading the firmware images (or via OTA) if you own one of the following phones “Google Pixel 2 XL “taimen”, Google Pixel 2 “walleye”, Google Pixel XL “marlin”, or Google Pixel “sailfish”. Images from other manufacturers should be available soon as phones from Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia, Oppo, Vivo, and Essential were part of the beta program.
You can also get the source code on AOSP with android-9.0.0_r3 branch:
repo init -u https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b android-9.0.0_r3
More details about the changes from Android 8 Oreo can be found in the release notes.