How to use the new app switcher in Android Pie

Nichole VegaAug 07, 2018

Technically, the digital wellbeing features will be immediately available to Pixel phone owners after updating to Pie, although the current feature release is one Google considers to be in a beta stage. That's why Android 9 comes with features like Adaptive Battery, which learns the apps you use most and prioritizes battery for them, and Adaptive Brightness, which learns how you like to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for you.

Google has also baked several AI features into Android Pie.

Google said: "While much of the time we spend on our phones is useful, many of us wish we could disconnect more easily and free up time for other things". For example, you can type "Lyft" into Google Search and you'll see fare prices for places like Home and Work as well as an ETA for the nearest auto to your location. Alongside the new name, Google has also announced that the new version will start shipping to all Pixel phones starting today. Similarly, apps in split-screen won't be counted either, and nor will using them that way count toward app timers.

Rotation: Get more control over your phone's display rotation with a simple button that confirms when you'd like to change the rotation on your device - even when your orientation is locked.

Offer actions in apps based on your previous activities - for example, suggest a route to work during your morning commute.

For the Pixel 3, it appears that Google wants to have these creators tell a narrative story about real use with the device and the process of making the switch.

Rather than tapping the Recents button to open the app switcher, Android Pie requires you to do a small swipe up from the bottom of your screen. As of late July, just over 10 percent of all Android devices were running Android Oreo. Keeping up with the tradition of naming Android versions after candies, Google today revealed the official name for the upcoming Android P update.

Once you get that email, and hit the link in it, you'll see a Digital Wellbeing entry in the Settings page. Security and privacy baked in Improving security is always important in each of our platform releases.

For the other devices in the beta program, Google says they'll receive the Android Pie update by the end of Fall (which should be by the end of October).

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