Android 9 Pie for Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play : Release Date and Features
The Moto Z2 Force is the last year flagship from Motorola and came with Android Nougat out of the box. Moto Z2 Play is a mid-range device, arrived in July 2017 with pre-loaded Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Both devices received the Android 8.0 Oreo update and the next major update is Android 9 Pie.
Google released the Android 9 Pie official version on August 6th after the development through five previews. The rollout hit the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 series devices on the same day. The Essential Phone users started receiving the update along with the Pixel lineup.
When will Android Pie hit Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play ?
Motorola hasn’t announced any plans for the rollout for Moto Z2 series, but we expect that the Lenovo owned company may rollout the Android Pie for its flagship devices in Q4 of 2018. Previously Motorola took nearly 9 months to rollout Android Oreo for Moto Z devices. But this time we hope Motorola care about faster updates.
What’s New in Android Pie ?
Android 9 Pie is one of the major updates in Android history and AI powered OS. Using the advanced machine learning frameworks and neural network API 1.1, the Search giant brings the AI powered, user-friendly OS. By using machine learning, Android Pie predicts which apps user going to use in coming hours and which are not used frequently, then make optimizations to reduce CPU wake-up cycles upto 30% which converts into massive reduction in battery drain.
Adaptive brightness is another feature using the machine learning to set brightness automatically, according to user’s needs and reduce battery drain. One of the major revamps in Pie is new Navigations system using Gestures. The navbar shows only a pill shaped Home button, swiping up on the button user can view Recent Apps and scroll horizontally to switch between apps. To switch quickly between apps, users can swipe right or left on the home button. The newly designed chevron shaped Back button appears only when its needed.
The User interface also redesigned in Android Pie, some users may think the interface is similar to iOS but it is beautiful, indeed. The Autorotate in Quick Settings has been changed and Messaging Notifications also improved. In notifications, images in message are previewed and also smart replies appear.
The Digital Wellbeing is a future for reducing unnecessary smartphone use and eye strain. The Dashboard shows how many times we unlock the phone and how much time we spent on each app. Wind Down is a feature in Digital Wellbeing to change the screen to Greyscale mode in night times to reduce Eye strain. Using app timer, users can limit the time spent on a specific app.
This is one of the remarkable features of the Android Pie update. From Lollipop onwards, the Android Navigation bar hasn’t changed much except some minor refinements. Now with Android Pie, Google totally revamped the navigation bar and removed the app previews button. The style of Home button changed to Pill shaped and the Back button changed to Chevron shape.
So Moto Z2 users have to use gestures in order to navigate between apps and view app previews. Swiping up, right and left on the Home button to multi task between apps. However, users can revert to old interface with the option in Developer Options in the Settings Menu.
Overall, Android 9 Pie is a AI powered OS with many improvements over Oreo and promotes healthy smart phone usage.
We will update this article soon with more details about Android Pie update for Moto Z2 Force and Play.