Google is dropping a major surprise on us today and releasing the final consumer-ready version of Android P. It has a final name: the version number is "9" (not "9.0"), and we know what the "P" stands for: "Pie".
What are you hoping for in the Pixel 3? Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie, which is a great move by Essential.
Google has added several new AI features to Android Pie, too.
As you'd expect from Google, Android Pie also leans heavily on Google's AI platform to try and make the smartphone experience better.
There's also a dashboard feature similar to Apple's new Screen Time controls in iOS 12, which breaks down exactly how much time you're spending in each app on a daily basis. Slices (a pun on pie, apparently) is a new feature where apps can insert themselves into your searches so you can perform a task quicker.
Even though the supposed launch date is now less than two months away, Google has not historically shipped the Pixel to regular consumers until about two weeks after the unveiling at a "Made by Google" event.
Another feature that won't be arriving until this fall is the Digital Wellbeing service that was shown off at Google I/O in May. This actually encompasses several different features that all aim to help you improve your life.
Android 9 Pie is rolling out today for supported Pixel devices, and it will roll out to third-party devices that were included in the Android Beta Program - as well as Android One handsets - before the end of this fall. This includes an app timer, which lets you set time limits for specific apps. Swiping up from below brings up the app selection menu and swiping from the bottom to the right takes you to a multitasking screen where you can switch between whatever apps you might have open.