With Android Pie, Google is using rounded corners everywhere it can. A swipe down to view the notification tray and quick settings give you a good idea of where Android is heading aesthetically. There’s also a lot more color in the Settings menu.
As for notifications, Android already leads the way in its handling of notifications when compared with iOS. With Android Pie, it widens that gap by adding more features in its notifications shade. Messaging apps, in particular, will suggest smart replies and show more information in each notification.
You also can’t expand the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth settings from the shade like you can in Oreo.
Official dark mode
Google has added anin the Settings app. Instead of relying on the wallpaper in order to trigger the dark mode, as had been the case up until this point, users can now decide whether to always use dark mode, light mode, or let the phone decide for itself. An official dark mode is something Android (and for that matter, iOS) users have been asking for for years. Thanks, Google.
No stopping the notch
As bezels get smaller, some Android phones are adopting a notch at the top of the screen to accommodate sensors, like on the . The Essential Phone, the Huawei P20 and the all have one, as does the excellent .
Anticipating this change, Android Pie gives you a preview of what this might look like after you enable Developer Mode. Scroll down to the Drawing section under developer options, tap “Simulate a display with a cutout,” then choose a size. Voila — you’re living the notched life.
Useful screenshot tools
Taking a screenshot is now as simple as pressing and holding the power button, then tap Screenshot. The old method of holding the power and volume-down in at the same time still works, of course.
In addition to the new screenshot shortcut, Android Pie gains a new edit feature. As soon as your screenshot is saved, the preview notification will display an Edit button. Selecting Edit will open a markup tool for you to draw, crop, or highlight the screenshot before sharing it.