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Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google Pixel 3 Devices To Arrive On October 4, Ad Suggests

Google Pixel 3 Devices To Arrive On October 4, Ad Suggests

Digital Wellbeing is an initiative that's meant to help you cut back on phone usage.

Android Pie, which was simply known as P, includes a whole host of new AI-powered features that are created to make your phone smarter, and simplify the experience of using it.

While the Android 9 Oreo operating system is available right now for Pixel owners, some specific features won't actually "ship" until the fall.

Those still skeptical over the leak need remember that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also launched on 4 October a year ago, so the date does match usual Google plans.

A new dashboard in Android 9 Pie will detail how much time you've spent on your phone or tablet in a given day, which apps you use the most (organized by time), how many times you unlock a device and the number of notifications you've received.

It's no secret that Google will launch Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in the coming months, but the exact release date has proved elusive. If you are even slightly uncomfortable performing the steps in the links above, it's best just to wait for the update to hit your phone. Devices from Nokia, Vivo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony, Essential, and Oppo, all of which participated in the beta program, will receive Android 9 Pie by the end of the fall.

For iPhone X clones, Android Pie supports display cutouts. This suite of features includes a timer that can shut off access to an app after you've used it for too long and a "wind down" mode that slowly shifts your screen to monochrome when it's time for bed. Android 9 also brings important privacy improvements, such as TLS by default and DNS over TLS to help protect all web communications and keep them private. Other hardware such as a new smartwatch and potentially new wireless earbuds may also be revealed at the Made by Google annual event.

Well, this one sort of took us by surprise.

Set the brightness to how you like it, depending on your setting. And then there's App Actions, which will try to predict what you're going to do with your phone next.

The digital wellbeing features are officially launching later this year, but are available right now for Pixel phones in beta. If you find yourself constantly switching between apps on your Pixel, we've got good news for you: Smart Text Selection (which recognizes the meaning of the text you're selecting and suggests relevant actions) now works on the Overview of your recent apps, making it easier to perform the action you want.

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