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We hope so, because that's what Google is serving up today. If those tools don't sound terribly exciting to you, Android 9 has plenty of other tricks up its sleeve.

Android 9 is available now for Pixel devices, though Google has a habit of rolling out updates wirelessly over a period of time. The next version of Google's Android system will be called Pie. Essential has been doing great with Android updates lately, and it's awesome to see the company release its Android Pie update on the same day as Google sends it to Pixel phones. But to get the beta version of WellBeing a user must have the Android 9 Pie.

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

App actions is also a core part of this release that tries to predict what you will do next and display that action on the screen. For example, if you wake up at the same time every morning for your work commute, App Actions could begin to suggest navigating via Google Maps and resuming a podcast or music playlist.

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However, for now, it's only Google's Pixel handsets which are getting the full, final version of Android Pie from today, and even then it's not arriving with all the new features available - Slice is coming later this year for example. Similarly, apps in split-screen won't be counted either, and nor will using them that way count toward app timers.

Alternatively, you can keep swiping right until you see the Clear all text at the very end of the list.

Another major feature of Android 9.0 Pie is Digital Wellbeing.

Hints that Google has been working on an official dark theme for Android have been around for a while now, but with the latest preview we finally have a dedicated setting to switch between a light and dark theme in Android P. Or, if you prefer, you can let Android P decide the right theme based on your current wallpaper. 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. In addition to continuously hardening the platform, and an improved security model for biometrics, Android 9 enables industry-leading hardware security capabilities to allow protecting sensitive data like credit card information using a secure, dedicated chip.

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