There are over two billion active devices currently using Android. Most of them that have been purchased in the past year or so have come with, or have been subsequently updated to, Android 9.0 Pie. With so many devices out there and with the introduction of their newest mobile OS, Google has ensured that their software powers more mobile phones than any other software in the world. Today, we’ll take a look at some handy Android Pie tips and tricks you can use to get the most out of your Android Pie experience.
Android Pie Tips
In the newest Android OS, Google has built a new gesture navigation system. It may not be automatically turned on. If you want to turn it on, go to Settings > System > Gestures. Then tap on Swipe on Home Button and press the on-screen toggle switch. You will see an immediate change from the three-icon setup of previous builds to a singular pill-shaped icon.
Navigation isn’t much different than for previous builds. Tap the pill icon to return to the home screen and press down for a few seconds to bring up Google Assistant. You can now swipe up twice or long-swipe from the home icon to access your app drawer.
Another change was needed since Android 9.0 Pie removes the dedicated button for recent apps. Now users only need a singular short swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open a new carousel gallery that shows all recently opened apps. To navigate you can swipe between apps or use the home icon to swipe fast left and right to move through apps more quickly. If you want to clear the apps, simply swipe up on a specific app window; and, if you want to clear all of your apps, scroll all the way to the left and tap the Clear All button to exit all running apps on the device. If you have any trouble getting your device to function properly with any gestures since updating, reach out to us.
In Android Pie 9.0, the software tries to predict what you’re likely to need next and offer up actions. If you find it useful you can drag these suggestions, found at the top of your app drawer onto the screen. Lastly, you can find the shortcuts offered by each app by long pressing on a specific app icon. This includes opening an app in split-screen mode, a major improvement from Android 8.0 Oreo.
One extremely useful feature for heavy smartphone users is one where if you touch your fingerprint scanner on devices that don’t feature an in-display fingerprint reader, it will keep the screen from going dark.
Most people today use their phones as an alarm clock. Even if you don’t, there are definitely times when using the alarm feature is necessary. In Android 9.0 Pie, when your notification panel is open (swipe down from top) you only need to tap on the clock in the system tray to open your Clock app and manage your alarms.
If you’re letting your employees use their Android devices for work and professional purposes, you should consider sharing these tips with them. You should also be making sure they’re utilizing all mobile device cybersecurity functions as well. If you have any questions regarding this, we are here to help. Do you have an Android phone with 9.0 Pie on it? What new features are your favorites? Leave your thoughts in the comments. If you have a Tampa Business or Kansas City Business that requires IT Support or IT Services, reach out to Symmetric IT Group today.