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Android P Name Officially Unveiled, Available Starting Today

by Brandon Russell | August 6, 2018August 6, 2018 10:06 am PDT

Google on Monday announced the final version of Android P is available beginning today—and it has a name, too. Pixel phone owners can download Android 9 Pie and enjoy features such as App Actions, Adaptive Battery, and a feature designed for mindfulness. You can learn more about what Android Pie has to offer in the links below.

The software’s anticipated release comes months after Google unveiled Android Pie at its developer’s conference, introducing several new enhancements and tweaks. One of the biggest is designed to encourage users to spend less time on their phone—the feature sports a Dashboard and an App Time function, allowing users to set limits on apps.

Unfortunately, Google says its Digital Wellbeing feature isn’t launching today; instead, the feature will be available this fall for Pixel devices. If you do want to experience what Digital Wellbeing has to offer, you can try out the features in beta right now, which you’ll have to sign up for.

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Meanwhile, the search giant said Slices, which provides contextual information about apps when you need it, won’t be available until later this year either.

“If you start typing ‘Lyft’ into Google Search, you’ll see a ‘slice’ of the Lyft app, showing prices for your ride home and the ETA for a driver so you can take action more quickly and easily,” Google says.

If you own a Pixel device you can download Android Pie right now, with support for other Android devices coming later. Google has a pretty terrible record when it comes to spreading its software to other devices, but that could change this year. When the Android P beta launched earlier this year, it was available on several non-Pixel devices, including the OnePlus 6 and Essential Phone.

Google claims the devices that participated in its beta program will received Android Pie in just a few months, which is an improvement over the typical timeline.

Once Android P is available on a wider basis, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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