How to use the new app switcher in Android Pie

Google officially unveils the Android 9 Pie

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Google has released the next version of Android, and it's called Pie.

These features, however, are available in beta form for Pixel owners and will be available in production form in time for the wide release of Android 9 Pie. But these features are available in beta now for Pixel phones running Android 9.

Google described Android Pie as an experience "powered by AI" and said it will adapt to how individuals use their phones and learn user preferences.

Google's Pixel devices are perhaps the flawless iPhone alternative for Android fans.

Although the advert claims the phone is launching on October 4, it's not clear if this is simply the announcement of its existence or the actual on-sale date. Now with a proper name, Pie, the OS is ready for release and is available if you have a Google-branded phone. It does come with support for a few gestures that are similar to what we have seen in the iPhone X. But despite keeping the same material design - now whiter and flatter - it is definitely a bigger release than the Android 8 was compared to the Android 7. Other hardware such as a new smartwatch and potentially new wireless earbuds may also be revealed at the Made by Google annual event.

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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.

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.

The Pixel phones have been widely praised for their photographic capability but, perhaps more importantly, they are also at the forefront of any Android updates. The digital wellness features are all still in beta, and won't be included when you get the update.

Google highlighted Android 9.0 Pie's improved security today, too.

Among the other upgrades is a new "Adaptive Battery" system, which promises to help your phone save battery life by better restricting idle apps that run in the background. And then there's App Actions, which will try to predict what you're going to do with your phone next. For example, App Actions will suggest a playlist when you connect Bluetooth headphones.

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