Essential has announced that Android 9 Pie is now available for Essential Phone owners.
Android 9 Pie on the Essential Phone comes with most of the features of the new update including Adaptive Battery which uses deep learning to better understand your phone usage patterns.
Adaptive Brightness in Android 9 Pie will automatically set the brightness slider based on your current surroundings. App Actions are shortcuts that will basically predict what you’re about to do next so you can do more quickly.
A new swipe up gesture to get to your multitasking screen and also easily switch between apps. And don’t worry, if you don’t like the new gesture navigation, you can easily turn them off under System > Gestures > Swipe up on Home Button.
You can also use Smart Text Selection in the Overview menu (aka multitasking screen). The quick settings in Android 9 Pie have also been redesigned as well as small changes to better screenshots, simplified volume controls and more.
Android 9 Pie is rolling out to the Essential Phone, so you should receive the OTA (over-the-air) in the next week or so.