Android Oreo is the 15th Version of Android. It was launched in 2017 and had some cool features like
1. Password Autofill
2. Notification Channels
3. Snooze Notifications
4. Notification Dots
5. New Emoji Styling
6. Smart Text Selection
7. Auto-Enable Wi-Fi
While Android Pie is the 16th version of Android and was released in 2018. It is also called as Android P, its major features are -
1. New Gesture controls
2. Adaptive Battery and Brightness
3. Improved Security Features
4. Digital Wellbeing
5. New Accessibility Menu
6. New Screenshot Shortcut
7. Easier Screen Rotation
8. Volume and Sound Improvements
9. Selectable Dark Mode
10. Easier Text Selection
11. More Notification Information
Android 9 Pie vs Android 8 Oreo: The Differences
People like to compare an old thing with a new one, so here are the major differences between the two.
While Android Oreo was a little stiff and conservative, Android Pie is more colorful and curvey on the edges. For instance, in Android Pie, the Settings menu has colorful icons and the drop-down Quick Settings bar has blue circles instead of plain icons.
2. Self Imposed Restrictions
We all have been guilty of excessive use of certain apps like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram. When we feel the urge to limit its use, we feel helpless. Android Pie has App Timers to help us curb our habits. App Timers set a time allowance for specific apps and reset at midnight each day.
3. Night mode
Android Oreo’s Night Light feature, reduces the blue light of the display as night approaches. This makes the display look yellow/orange, is easier on the eyes and also reduces the chances of sleep disturbance due to the use of the phone. Android Pie has this Wind Down feature. Night Light is still present in it but as "bedtime", set by the user, approaches, the display turns grey-scale and Do Not Disturb mode is activated. Wind Down makes the use of phone after ‘bedtime’ unattractive due to grey-scale and hence promotes healthy phone use.
4. Brightness control
Android Oreo has a fairly standard adaptive brightness mode. This increases and decreases screen brightness based on ambient light conditions. All but the cheapest phones in the world have this feature.
Android Pie has Adaptive Brightness which is intelligent. It learns from the tweaks the user makes in different lighting conditions, so much so that after a few days of normal use, the device has a custom backlight curve which is exactly the level the user wants.
5. Battery management
While Android Oreo was able to see which apps were consuming the most energy, Android Pie has Adaptive Battery mode which tailors how Android treats apps based on how often they are used. Apps that are rarely will have very basic of background permissions, their notifications may be delayed. But as a result, they’ll use less battery. On the other hand, apps that are frequently used won’t be affected.
6. App AI
In Android 9 Pie, the user will not have to manually go looking for a feature. The software will predict the apps that the user wants and put them in front before even searching for it. Hence it is a smarter version of Android 8 Oreo. These app actions will also show up in the universal search bar, in Google Assistant and the Play Store.
7. Volume control
In Android Oreo, the volume of pops-up varied depending on the context. That changes in Android Pie. Volume buttons can be used to manually control media volume as standard. For instance, the user could drop the volume of a track or video before it starts playing.
8. Android Pie vs Android Oreo: navigation
Instead of the classic soft buttons for navigation, Android Pie offers a new approach. It has a single central button. When one taps on it, it will function as a normal Home button. When swiping up or down, it has a more gesture-led approach and shows different results in different gestures. It is great for those who switch a lot between apps.
The back button is context-sensitive, i.e. it appears only when it is possible to “go back”. The user can use classic soft keys if they prefer.