In this week’s top stories: Android 9 Pie finally went official after a long beta period, Google’s Pixel 3 leaked a lot, and the hit game Fortnite arrived alongside Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9, and much more.
On Monday, Google officially released Android Pie to users starting with the Pixel family, and Essential quickly followed up with the same update on its PH-1.
Android 9 is a major yearly update with Google focusing on “Simplicity” and “Intelligence” in this initial release, with “Digital Wellbeing” coming in the fall. This version introduces new gesture-based system navigation, beginning with a nav bar that primarily features a pill-shaped home button.
Ahead of an event later this year, Google’s Pixel 3 XL has also leaked out multiple times this week, headlined by a full unboxing video which revealed new headphones and gave us a clear look at Google’s new hardware.
Obtained by a Russian Telegram channel, the white variant of the Pixel 3 XL has again leaked. Compared to the first two devices, the separation of the glass “window” to the rest of the phone’s rear is only faintly visible. However, the configuration of the single camera lens to the left and flash to the right is unchanged, as is the placement of the fingerprint sensor and Google logo at the bottom.
Fortnite for Android also arrived this week in beta, starting with a brief Samsung exclusive. We’ve gone hands-on with the game, as well as bringing you all the information you might have missed.
One of the biggest stories this week also revolved around Samsung with the debut of the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Home. Our full coverage from NYC is available below, along with a hands-on video.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: Android’s new king has a comma in its price tag
- Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on: The best Android smartwatch gets battery life to match
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 goes official w/ 512GB storage, Bluetooth S-Pen, pricing starts at $999
- Samsung Galaxy Watch goes official w/ 6-day battery life, LTE, starting at $329
- Samsung teases Galaxy Home smart speaker w/ Bixby and SmartThings
The rest of this week’s top stories follow:
- Google launches Android 9 Pie, rolling out now to Pixel and Pixel 2
- How to turn on gesture navigation in Android 9 Pie on Google Pixel devices
- Android’s ‘Always-On Display’ will soon support wallpapers, check it out in action on Pixel 3 XL
- Hands on: The top 5 features of Android 9 Pie [Video]
- Version 2 of Google’s Dart programming language is now available
- Google Pixel 3 launch may take place on October 4th for the third year in a row
- Google Pixel 3 will ship with Android 9 Pie’s gesture navigation exclusively [Update]
- Google Pixel 3 XL leak reveals 6.7-inch display, confirms battery and camera specs [Video]
- Google removing Contacts shortcut and old interface from legacy Gmail
- Chrome OS 68 rolling out w/ Display Size setting, accessibility tweaks, and more ‘Material 2.0’
- Google Chrome adds support for Windows 10’s native notifications
- Google Play officially acknowledges that Fortnite is not in the Play Store
- Fortnite for Android tidbits: Banning players, Google losing $50 million in revenue, blocking rooted users
- Google Phone gains Material Theme redesign with latest beta [Gallery]
- Google Contacts 3.0 brings Material Theme redesign to Android [Gallery]
- How to add Digital Wellbeing to your home screen or app drawer w/ Pixel Shortcuts
- How to sign up for Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing beta on Google Pixel devices
- Google Assistant adds improved home controls on Android, rolling out now to some users
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