Android P is called ‘Pie’ and is now available for Pixel smartphones

Google Pixel 2 with logo

For those who want Android Pie and want it now, Google has published the final version of Android 9 for Pixels on its Developers site, allowing you to sideload manually on your phone.

If you've been using the Android P beta, you may not even notice that much has changed when you power your Pixel up; Digital Wellbeing is still a separate opt-in beta, while Slices, which inserts app UI experiences into search results and Google Assistant, won't arrive until the fall. Everyone else will be waiting on their manufactures to release the update but the company does say 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. The fact that its co-founder is also one of Android's creator helps too.

Now, the good news: Google offers clear directions to help you get both the Android SDK on your PC and Android 9 onto your Pixel.

Days before Samsung takes the stage in New York City to unveil the Galaxy Note 9, Google has stolen the spotlight with the surprise release of Android 9.0 Pie on Monday.

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Another new feature is Adaptive Brightness, which learns "how you like to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for you". And then there's App Actions, which will try to predict what you're going to do with your phone next.

Overview Selection: Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you've selected (for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image). With Digital Wellbeing, Google wants Android users to take better control of their screen time and will come with controls that will let you limit your screen time across applications and wind down at time.

Pixel users can now sideload Android 9.0 Pie onto their devices. Adaptive battery learns which apps you use most often and prioritizes only the ones you really need at any particular moment in order to reduce battery consumption. You won't need an unlocked bootloader, but you will need a computer with ADB running.

If you don't recall, Google announced during this year's Google I/O that as part of an initiative surrounding digital wellbeing, it made a new platform that would be available inside of its next version of Android.

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