Android 9.0 “Pie” is Officially OUT Today. How To Install On Your Phone


Bytes: Google has officially announced the next major version of Android, 9.0 Pie. Artificial intelligence seems to be the buzzword to use lately, and this new version of Android is all about it. Whether it’s being used to save battery or help you fall asleep at the right time, AI is very much at the center of Android 9.0 Pie.

We’ve put together a roundup of all the new features and changes included in the Android 9.0 update, which you can see below. But first, let’s talk about that name.

The name

When Google revealed the name for Android Oreo, it wasn’t all that surprising — not many dessert names start with O, and the ones that do start with O don’t exactly roll off the tongue. This year’s big Android release was a bit harder to pin down. There are a bunch of dessert names that start with the letter P, and many of you were split since the beginning. We asked you back in April what you thought Android P would be called, and most of our readers voted for Android Peppermint, followed by Android Pancake, then Android Pie.

Are you happy about the name? I actually like it a lot — it’s simple, and it’s not nearly as divisive as Nougat.


What’s new in Android 9.0 Pie?

If you’ve been following our Android P coverage over the past few months, you won’t find a ton of new things in this release. Pretty much all the new features we’ve been testing in the Android P beta buildshave made it to this release. Those new features include:

  • Adaptive Battery: uses on-device machine learning to understand your usage and prioritize battery power on the apps and services you use most often
  • Adaptive Brightness: learns which brightness levels you prefer based on your surroundings, and automatically adjusts your phone’s brightness level for you 
  • App Actions: These little shortcuts, located in the app drawer, will predict what you’re about to do so you can get it done more quickly. For instance, if you normally open the app drawer, open the phone app, and call your best friend, you’ll eventually see an App Action suggesting you do so once you open your app drawer.
  • App Slices: We haven’t been able to test out App Slices yet, but Google says it will make its way to Android Pie sometime in the fall. App Slices are similar to App Actions, but they appear in the Google Search bar. As an example, if you type “Hawaii” in Search, an App Slice might suggest you look at your recent Hawaii vacation photos in the Google Photos app.
  • New gesture navigation: Android 9.0 Pie features a new way to navigate around your device. Gone are the traditional back, home, and recent apps keys. Instead, you get a single pill-shaped home button that you can tap to go home, swipe right to access recent apps, or swipe up to access your app drawer and app suggestions. 
  • Security and privacy features: Android Pie introduces plenty of new security and privacy features to help keep your data safe. One of the most helpful features introduced in the update is that applications are no longer able to access your mic, camera, or sensors when it goes idle. You can learn more about security in Android Pie right here.
  • A ton of little changes: There are a bunch of other little features Google included in Android 9.0 Pie. Smart Text Selection, redesigned quick settings menu, improved notification bundling, manual switching between light/dark themes, improved autofill, revamped always-on display, and new volume shortcuts are among the many little changes in Android Pie.

Method 1: Download the OTA update

To try out Android Pie on your Pixel, head over to your phone’s settings menu, select SystemSystem update, then Check for update. If the over-the-air update is available for your Pixel, it should automatically download. Reboot your phone after the update has installed, and you’ll be running Android Pie in no time!

If you don’t want to wait for the OTA update, we’ve got instructions for you on how to install Android Pie via factory images and OTA files.

If you don’t want to wait for the OTA update, we’ve got instructions for you on how to install Android Pie via factory images and OTA files.


Method 2: Flashing Android 9.0 Pie on your device

Flashing Android Pie on your device takes more time and work than the OTA method. If you don’t want to install the over-the-air update for some reason, you can sideload the factory image or OTA file manually. Here’s how to do it:

Download the proper files

Google has already posted Android Pie factory images and OTA files for all four Pixel phones. You’ll need to download the proper file for your device before you get started.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • A compatible Pixel device and a USB cable to connect it to your computer.
  • The Android SDK installed on your machine with ADB and Fastboot command successfully working — check the tutorial here.
  • 7zip or a similar program that can handle .tgz and .tar files.
  • An unlocked bootloader on your phone.

Unlocking your phone’s bootloader

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. The first thing you have to do is unlock your phone’s bootloader by following the step-by-step instructions below. It’s easy to do and does not require lots of technical knowledge. Unlocking the bootloader will wipe all the data off your device, so make sure you back it up first.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Turn on developer options by going to “About Phone” and tapping “Build Number” seven times.
  2. Enable USB debugging and OEM unlock on your device in the “Developer options” section.
  3. Plug in the Pixel to your PC with a USB cable.
  4. Open the command window on your PC.
  5. Boot your Pixel device into bootloader mode using the following command: adb reboot bootloader(if it requests you to authorize this, say yes).
  6. When your device boots into bootloader mode, type in this command: fastboot flashing unlock.
  7. A confirmation screen will pop up. Press the volume up key to highlight yes and the power button to start the bootloader unlocking process.
  8. Once unlocked, your device will reboot into bootloader mode. Now you simply need to type in fastboot reboot to finish the process.

Flash Android Pie on your Pixel device

Flashing Android P on your smartphone is pretty straightforward, but you can still run into problems if you don’t carefully follow instructions listed below.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Head into the bootloader menu to test that your device and PC are communicating by typing in fastboot devices — if it comes back with your device’s serial number, you’re good to go.
  2. Prepare the factory image you downloaded earlier. Use 7zip to extract the .tgz file you downloaded and then again to extract the .tar file you extracted from the .tgz. This will create a folder with several files in it.
  3. Copy all those files and paste them in the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK on your computer. You should find it in the Program Files (x86) folder on Windows.
  4. There are two flash-all files. Windows users should double-click the one that has the gear logo and says “Windows Batch File” on the right. If you’re on Linux, double-click the
  5. A box will pop up and you should see the installation taking place. While this is going on, do not unplug your device for any reason!
  6. When the installation process has finished, your device will automatically reboot. You can then disconnect your device from your computer and start playing with Android P.

What if the Flash-all method didn’t work?

For whatever reason, not everyone has luck with the Flash-all scripts. If they fail for you, there’s another way. It’s actually pretty simple. First, make sure you are still in the proper bootloader state and connected to your PC. On your PC you’ll want to type the following:

  • First we flash the bootloader with the following command: fastboot flash bootloader <bootloader name>.img
  • Next type: fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • Now we flash the radio with the following command: fastboot flash radio <radio file name>.img
  • Next type: fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • Flash the image with : fastboot flash -w update <image file name>.zip
  • After this your device may reboot automatically, if not type: fastboot reboot
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