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Android Advisor Issue 54

Android Advisor is your go-to source for everything Android, from smartphones, tablets and the best mobile apps to wearable and in-car tech, optimised for the small screen of your mobile device. Whether you're new to the Android operating system or a seasoned user, you're sure to find something you like in Android Advisor's wealth of analysis, reviews, features and tutorials. Android Advisor will not only help you to choose the best phone or tablet for your needs, but also to get more out of that device.

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12 Issues

in this issue

8 min.
review: android pie

Price: Free As was widely expected Google released the open public beta of its new operating system, Android P, at its Google I/O event on 8 May 2018. It brought noticeable visual change along with some quite dramatic gesture controls. In August, Android P was unveiled as Android 9 Pie and rolled out immediately for all Pixel phones. We’ve been using the operating system for a few weeks, so here’s a rundown of what we think about the new look including new gestures, menus, settings, and adaptive features. We downloaded Android Pie onto a Pixel 2 XL and it’s a bigger overhaul from Oreo than Oreo was from Nougat. There’s a lot to unpack. Design Google introduced what it calls Material Design into Android in 2014, and Pie is an evolution of that aesthetic. We…

16 min.
everything you need to know about android pie

It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about back-to-school or the end of summer – it’s time for a new flavour of Android. And this year the tasty confection is... Pie. That’s right, the ninth version of Android has an official name and that means it’s ready to install on the precious few phones lucky enough to support it on day one. This year, however, the wait for Android Pie might not be so excruciating. Thanks to Project Treble, several phones already have beta versions of Android 9 in the wild, so it could be weeks, not months, before it starts showing up on more phones. But no matter how long it takes, it’ll be worth the wait. Pie introduces enough new features to make any Oreo user…

4 min.
overview and gestures

For the first time since we met the navigation bar, Android has a whole new way to get around. Pie introduces a new series of gestures designed specifically for navigation, and they bring some wholesale changes to the way we launch, switch, and quit apps. Here’s how to get started. Gestures: Getting started When you install Android Pie on your phone, your navigation bar will look the same as it always has, with a back, home, and overview button at the bottom go the screen. That’s because the new system is optional, at least for now. To try Gestures out, you need to turn it on. You can find the toggle in the Settings app. Open System, then Gestures, and tap Swipe up on home button. Inside you’ll find a solitary toggle…

5 min.
digital wellbeing

Along with updates to Google Assistant, Lens, Gmail and just about every app with the word Google before it, there was one unveiled at I/O that isn’t about enhancing Google’s ecosystem of services. In fact, it’s about using all of them less. Baked deeply into Android P is a set of tools Google is calling Digital Wellbeing, and it’s all about balancing your digital life with your real-world one. Through a series of settings, options, and features, Google wants Android P to be the least-used version of Android, and it just might make us love our phones even more. The bitter truth about app usage The premier feature of the new initiative is Android Dashboard, which provides a snapshot of your daily usage, not unlike the Battery tab in Android Oreo. But instead…

12 min.
samsung galaxy note 9

Price: £899 inc VAT from fave.co/2BTVkIj Like clockwork, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 9, the big-screen, stylus-toting cousin of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. It looks a lot like the Note 8, but despite the hype we think the upgrades are significant enough to make this Samsung’s best phone alongside the S9 Plus. While headline changes are the (variant depending) yellow S-Pen with Bluetooth, a bigger battery and improved cameras, the general look, feel and performance of the Note 9 means this is Samsung’s most refined Note to date. Since the launch of the iPhone X, the idea of a £1,000 phone is less alien now, and that’s roughly the price you’ll pay if you want a Note 9 off contract. But it’s such a pleasure to use, such a complete…

10 min.
moto z3 play

Price: £439 inc VAT from fave.co/2BI5zPL After buying and rescuing Motorola’s phone business, Lenovo went all-in on modular design. 2016’s Moto Z introduces Moto Mods, the snap-on accessory ecosystem that gave you a speaker, extra battery or even projector if you wanted it. Two years later and Moto is on to the third generation of Moto Mod smartphones. It’s great that accessories two years old work with the latest crop of Moto phones, but the Z3 Play is a hamstrung device compared to the Z2 Play and even the original Z Play. The ‘Play’ moniker refers to the mid-range version of the Z range and has stood for mid-range specifications but with similar design and superior battery life. That’s not so clear cut anymore, and while the Z3 Play is a perfectly serviceable…