Google might launch the Pixel 3 on October 4

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The Essential Phone was one of the third-party preview devices, which goes to show you how proper use of Project Treble can improve updates. And Android Pie isn't a huge upgrade like Oreo was, so it's not as exciting, either. But these features are available in beta now for Pixel phones running Android 9.

It seems like the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be announced on October 4, at least according to a new piece of info that just surfaced.

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. Google will probably confirm the release date no sooner than September, quite probably in mid-September once IFA 2018 in Berlin comes to an end. Android Pie is set to roll out to Pixel devices today, just around two days before Samsung will take the stage in NY to unveil the Galaxy Note 9. 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 example, Android 9 Pie offers cutout support for devices that will use the iPhone X-like notch at the top of the display. So we've been working to add key capabilities right into Android to help people achieve the balance with technology they're looking for. Now easy as pie Making your phone smarter and more adaptive is important, but we also want Android to be easier to use and more approachable.

Rather than tapping the Recents button to open the app switcher, Android Pie requires you to do a small swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

"We've built Android 9 to learn from you - and work better for you - the more you use it".

Another new feature is Adaptive Brightness, which learns "how you like to set the brightness in different settings, and does it for you".

The digital wellbeing features are officially launching later this year, but are available right now for Pixel phones in beta. A feature called App Actions will try to predict what you want to do next with your phone, like help you navigate to work when you're getting ready for a commute or suggest a Spotify playlist when you plug in headphones.

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