Google Pixel 3 Devices To Arrive On October 4, Ad Suggests

Isaac Cain
August 6, 2018

Google today released Android 9.0 Pie to Pixel phones.

Although Android Pie is released and available for Google Pixel devices today, there's still a few features that are going to wait until the general roll-out in the fall to be available. Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie, which is a great move by Essential.

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

Google has added several new AI features to Android Pie, too.

App Actions: App Actions predicts what you'll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone, saving you time.

As you'd expect from Google, Android Pie also leans heavily on Google's AI platform to try and make the smartphone experience better.

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Apart from coming on many - but not most - existing Android phones, the Android 9 Pie will also be the operating system inside the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL that are likely to launch on October 4 this year as the official Android phones of 2018.

Even though the supposed launch date is now less than two months away, Google has not historically shipped the Pixel to regular consumers until about two weeks after the unveiling at a "Made by Google" event.

Apart from the Digital WellBeing, other key features of the Android P include Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, App Actions, Slices and Smart Text Selections.

First a radical new updated design leaked that showed that Google had gone back to the drawing board with its well-reviewed but disappointingly sold Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, and returned with a device that - especially in its larger incarnation - looked a lot like the iPhone X.

Volume controls: Simpler, more accessible volume controls let you control media volume instantly, as well as quickly toggle call and notification volume settings.

One of these is Adaptive Battery, which figures out which apps you use less and cuts off resources to them to make your battery last longer.

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