Over the years, Samsung has had some great ideas. The Note series pushed the industry to adopt larger screens, TouchWiz had one of the first implementations of multi-window, and Samsung Pay is one of the more versatile mobile payment solutions around. Its decision to begin pushing people to use paid themes by restricting free theme usage to two weeks was not one of those great ideas – and now it looks like that plan is being walked back. Read MoreSamsung may have stopped limiting free theme usage on Android Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Owners of OnePlus phones keen to get the latest features fastest will be aware of the Open Beta program. New Android versions and the latest Oxygen OS enhancements are tested there before being rolled out to everyone. Now, the first of these betas for the OnePlus 6T has dropped.
Don’t expect a massive overhaul — it’s still Oxygen OS on top of Android 9 Pie — but it does include support for migrating data from iPhones and some upgrades for the phone app. Read MoreOxygen OS Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6T is now available for download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It has taken OnePlus a bit longer than expected to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but the wait is over — if you’re willing to use beta releases, anyway. Open Beta 22 for the OnePlus 5 and Beta 20 for the 5T are now available, which are based on Android Pie.
Here’s the full changelog for the Open Betas:
Updated system to Android™ 9.0 Pie™
Brand new UI for Android Pie
Brand new navigation gestures (this is only for 5T)
Updated Android security patch to 2018.11
Optimizations for background app process handling
Do Not Disturb mode
New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
UI Improvements for emergency rescue
Optimized UI for speed dial and calling interface
Now able to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group of contacts when using dual SIM
Added support for more apps (Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber, OLA) in parallel apps
Now able to switch dynamically to your current location
Display more suggestions when the search function is used
Fixed an issue that prevented the app from refreshing when the location is changed
Fixed an issue that resulted in some users being unable to find certain locations
The software experience should be roughly identical to that of the OnePlus 6T, since that phone is already running Android Pie. Read MoreAndroid 9 Pie arrives on the OnePlus 5 and 5T with Open Beta 20/22 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/12/05 2:37pm PST
It’s only been a week since we saw Samsung first start accepting sign-ups for the Note9’s One UI Pie beta program, and reports have already begun arriving of the software
Samsung has traditionally been behind on UI design, which I know is shocking for the company that brought you TouchWiz. However, it’s trying to turn things around with One UI. The revamped Pie-based interface is coming next year in stable form, but there’s a beta. Read More[Update: Beta arriving] Samsung’s One UI Pie beta now available on unlocked Note 9 in the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung has traditionally been behind on UI design, which I know is shocking for the company that brought you TouchWiz. However, it’s trying to turn things around with One UI. The revamped Pie-based interface is coming next year in stable form, but there’s a beta. That beta has apparently expanded to US unlocked Note 9 devices. Yay.
When Samsung started the Pie beta, it only allowed Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners to join. Read MoreSamsung’s One UI Pie beta now available on unlocked Note 9 in the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Lenovo announced two new Android One devices in late August 2018: the Motorola One and One Power. The budget smartphones marked the Motorola brand’s first Android One handsets outside of the US-only version of the Moto X4. Both are fairly middle-of-the-road Android devices when it comes to hardware, but software support is the real selling point, with promised updates to both Android Pie and Q, along with three years of security patches. Read MoreAndroid Pie is now rolling out to the Motorola One and One Power globally was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
After rolling out Android 9 Pie to the Mi A2 a couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi is now following up with the same update for its cheaper sibling, the Mi A2 Lite. The OTA for the stable release is starting to show up for users around the world, only two weeks after Xiaomi began testing it in beta.
According to our tipster, the new Pie update for the Mi A2 Lite brings gesture navigation like we’ve seen on the Pixel line-up, adaptive battery and brightness, App Actions and Slices integration in the launcher, all the privacy-centric features of Pie such as restricting access to the mic and camera for idle apps, and more. Read MoreXiaomi Mi A2 Lite gets Android 9 Pie update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Huawei’s EMUI Android skin used to be a real mess, but it’s gotten much better over the last few years. EMUI 9 is the latest version, which Huawei pre-announced a few months ago. Now, we have all the details, and it’s shipping on the Mate 20.EMUI 9.0 is based on Android 9 Pie, so some of the new features won’t be a surprise. Others are pure Huawei.
Huawei has several suspiciously precise measurements of average performance increases. Read MoreHuawei’s EMUI 9.0 promises more AI, better performance, and new gestures was written by the awesome team at Android Police.