It is that anticipated time of the year when Google launches the new version of Android in the month of August. It all started in 2009 with the launch of Android 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut and 2.0 Éclair. Later this became an annual affair. With the new features of every successive Android version, Android app developers have to keep updating their apps to be in-line with the new changes. Let us have a comparison of the changes in Android 9(Pie) as against Android 8 (Oreo).
General Aesthetics - Compared to the many custom UI based Android options available in the market, the stock Android 8 can look pretty dull and outdated.General Aesthetics-Compared to the many custom UI based Android options available in the market, the stock Android 8 can look pretty dull and outdated.This will never be the case with Android 9 as Google has now added a lot of colourful additions to make the stock UI more attractive. These are not dramatically different, but they are not dull either as dull icons are replaced with colourful ones.
The drop down menu has also been changed from the single white coloured one to a much different and colourful one with the Android 9.
Recent Apps Menu - For the recent apps, Android 8 bought 3D cards stacked one atop the other.
With Android Pie, you now have recent apps in flat cards placed side by side, much similar to that of Apple. This is one of the first features that you experience with the Android 9.
Dashboard feature - A new feature not available with Android 8, the dashboard feature calculates all the time you spent talking, chatting, browsing and playing on your phone. It shows this mobile usage features in the form of a pie graph, just as we have the amount of battery used per app.
Certainly, some users may not appreciate this, but this is a good way of knowing how much time you spend on your phone per day.
Native Support for Notches - The iPhone X bought the notch design trend into the public domain. Many Android OEMs copied this trend from Apple.
However, there was no native support for the notch with Android 8. With Android 9, Google has taken the initiative and introduced native support for the notch.
Now, developers can make apps by also keeping the notch in mind.
Screenshots - To take a screenshot in Android 8, you usually have to press down the power and volume down buttons. The screenshots thus taken are not editable.With Android 9, however, you can just long press the power button to get the screenshot option there.
Here, you even have basic editing and cropping options available.
Volume Controls - With Android 9, Google has finally allowed us to handle volume controls by the media and apps by default and not by the ringer volume. As against Android 8, in Android 9 the volume controls appear on the right side of the screen in a vertical format.
You can also switch to silent and vibration modes using the volume controls. The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature has also been simplified.
You have a ‘What to Block’ feature where you can block, hide or disable notifications, status bar icons and much more whenever needed.
Some of these features are not yet available in the current version of Android 9 for Android App Development, but will be available in a few months with the launch of the Google Pixel smartphones. Till then, you can still get many changes with the Android Pie operating system.
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