Android 9 Pie Launched for Pixel and Pixel 2 Devices; Essential Phone Gets it on the First Day Itself

Google has finally launched the much-awaited version of its phone operating system, the Android 9 Pie. As of now, the Android Pie update has only been released for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and the Essential phone. Google has said that it will keep on adding more names to the list of eligible devices. Notably, the beta version of Android P had been rolled out to a lot of users before this, after the completion of the testing program, this is the first time that Google is releasing the stable build of the OS. Also, another thing to keep in mind is that Google will hold back on some critical features until fall.


Like it was revealed back in May, the new Android P comes with latest features like a “Digital Wellbeing” dashboard, a new gesture-based navigation system, and other AI-enhanced improvements to the UI. The new OS also comes with a redesigned status bar which will be more supportive for phones with the notch. Also, the UI has also been tweaked for good.

Although Google has released the beta build of the software, it has kept away some features from the public. The main missing functionality will be the “slices” which lets applications show their most prominent features on the device search itself. Also, the wellbeing dashboard along with the “wind down” mode will only make its place as beta apps for now on the Pixel devices.

Talking about the Beta participants, Google said “Devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall! We are also working with many other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year.”

Users owning the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and Essential Phone can update their devices to Android P by going to Settings > System > System Update and tapping on ‘download and install’. In the coming days, the Android Pie update will be rolled out to the OnePlus 6 and Nokia 7 Plus as both the smartphones are on the latest Developer Preview. Essential Phone users, meanwhile, can install the update starting today.

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Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

I wonder if Mi Mix 2S is part of Android P beta, then Mix 2 should get P too. Anyone got any info on this?

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

Actually Qualcomm going to release their support packages in this order: SD 845, SD 660, SD 835, SD 450/625/626.

SD 820/821 devices will probably get it in slightly delayed fashion, while nothing is known on whether Qualcomm will support SD 652/653 at all for this (Because these two SOCs having very old kernel that I think Qualcomm wanted to discontinue development after Oreo).

Priyansh Singh
Priyansh Singh

But I’ve Nokia 5 (SD 430) and it is slated to have Android 9 (Stable Release). If going by your Kernel Theory, would Nokia have to leave First Generation Devices (two have SD 430)??

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

Priyansh, SD 430 ships with kernel version 3.18, not 3.10. 3.18 is still in development stream for Android P. Only the SD 810 and SD 652/653 shipped with the 3.10 kernels. Qualcomm wants to completely forget about SD 810 (how many phones do you know that supported even Oreo on 810?), and SD 652/653 shipped with this version because they were already beating SD810 in real world performance, and they didn’t want a mid-range SoC to surpass their old flagship on ALL fronts. It isn’t in qualcomm’s best interests to support an entire code branch on 3.10 kernel just for… Read more »

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Huawei Nexus 6P.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

+1 for last two Paras.

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

As an addendum to my previous post,

It is POSSIBLE an OEM can take efforts to recompile the system for a newer kernel. Sony has done this for the Xperia X and the developer AOSP ROMs, where a 4.x kernel was given. But the stock ROM was not updated, it continued on the 3.x kernels.

To facilitate the upgrade the OEM can take this effort – but how many actually will? Project Treble is itself designed to minimize OEM developer efforts.

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