Google Pixel 3 launch date shown as October 4 in ad posting

Those still skeptical over the leak need remember that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also launched on 4 October previous year, so the date does match usual Google plans.

However, for now, it's only Google's Pixel handsets which are getting the full, final version of Android Pie from today, and even then it's not arriving with all the new features available - Slice is coming later this year for example.

Hot on the heels of Google's Android Pie announcement, Essential confirmed that it's now updating the Essential Phone to Android 9.0 Pie.

Pixel users can now sideload Android 9.0 Pie onto their devices. Now with a proper name, Pie, the OS is ready for release and is available if you have a Google-branded phone.

Digital Wellbeing is an initiative that's meant to help you cut back on phone usage.

The Pixel 3 will undoubtedly launch with Android P (the next version of the operating system) installed as standard and will also get all those important security updates in a timely fashion. The latest revelation comes days after the Pixel 3 XL surfaced on a Geekbench listing that confirmed the presence of a Snapdragon 845 SoC and Android P out-of-the-box.

Google has also baked several AI features into Android Pie.

Android 9.0 is Pie, as Google has now made official.

Android 9 will start rolling out to Pixel phones first. You'll see a Google Search bar and your dock in the Overview as well.

These former setting, as the name suggests, adapts to how users use their phone so apps which aren't used don't drain the battery. The digital wellness features are all still in beta, and won't be included when you get the update. Unfortunately there's no word on when the phones will actually be available, but in the past we've seen Google release it in the same month so there's a good chance that this could happen again. A Dashboard will show you how much you've been using your phone, while an App Timer will let you set limits on how much you can use an app each day. A new Do Not Disturb is included, too, along with a Wind Down feature that'll turn on Night Light and Do Not Disturb and also fade your phone's screen to grayscale to help you get to sleep.

  • Latoya Cobb