The resurrected Nokia is doing much better than some of its competitors, at-least when it comes to managing software. The company just announced that its Nokia 7 Plus users will start receiving the latest version of Android with an over-the-air (OTA) update. Apart from Nokia, only the Pixel phones, the Essential Phone, few Motorola phones, and the OnePlus 6 have received Android 9.0 Pie.
Google showed off the new features present in Android 9.0 at its yearly developers conference ‘Google I/O’. One of the most notable change is the way the whole system of Android works, its a behemothic change: the standard three software buttons on the bottom of the UI, have now been replaced with two. The button in the middle of the UI, will now act like a software button (bar/slider) present on the iPhone X.
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Users running Android 9.0 Pie can now swipe from the bottom when in app to go to the home screen which is very similar to the actions the iPhone X performs (which is very similar to the actions the Palm phone performed). Also, the Pie users can hold and swipe to scroll through the apps that are open and are running in the background.
Apart from the changes to the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX), Android Pie also brings few interesting additions like adaptive battery and improved notifications management system aimed at cutting the clutter (and simplify).
According to Nokia, the Android 9.0 Pie OTA update will be done pushed to the users in a phased manner. In the first phase, only ten percent of the users will receive the update and in the next phase, everyone will be able to install the latest version of Android. It’s great to see that a budget Android phone, the Nokia 7 Plus (around $400) is one of the first batch of phones to receive Google’s new software releases.