2019 is the finest year to try the new Android version. Android Pie has been around since August 2018, but only few phone models, including Google Pixel, The Sony Xperia XZ3, and the Essential Phone, had this operating system installed on them near the time it was released. Today, you can expect it to be available for your phone. Just update your system and there is a chance that it will update to the newest Android system.
However, before you proceed with the update, you may want to know why you should love and hate this new operating system. Almost every Android version offers both advantages and disadvantages. You may want to be familiar first with the Pie before you decide to update your system to it.
Reasons to Update to Android Pie
There are several reasons why trying the new Android on your phone is a great idea.
1. Technical reason
Technically, whenever system update becomes available on your device, it may request your permission to perform a system update to improve its functionality and to introduce some new features. Failure to perform this system update may perform to your device’s being outdated or not functioning optimally.
2. New look
The most obvious feature of every new Android version is its new look, and it is actually the most favorite feature for most Android fans. When it comes to the look, Android Pie does offer a fresh feature with its rounded corners, generic dark mode, and switchable Notch-friendly top bar.
3. Better screenshot management
When you take a screenshot, which you can do by either holding the power button for a while and pressing the screenshot button or using the old combination of power and volume-down buttons, you can edit the screenshot before saving. You can crop it or add some note to it before you save or share it. This is obviously a small yet handy feature because previously, you had to use a separate app to edit the screenshot. Now you can edit your screenshot immediately after taking it.
Android Pie makes everything simpler. The gesture navigation—though requiring you to memorize many things—offers a fast way to access many of your phone’s functions. Taking screenshot uses a new shortcut that is easy to use. App actions also give you a contextual shortcut to your most useful apps and to the system’s functions. With Pie, you can expect your phone’s operations to be much simpler than before.
5. Addiction Avoidance
Believe it or not, most people have become so addicted to their phone that they start to forget about their life. Android Pie attempts to offer a remedy for this problem with its Digital Wellbeing feature. It will tell you about how long you have spent your time with your phone and it will make your phone more comfortable to use.
Reasons Not to Update to Android Pie
There are also some reasonable reasons why you may not need to update to Android Pie.
1. Technical reason
Just like the technical requirement to update to Android Pie, the technical impossibility to update to the newest Android version may also affect your decision whether to update your system. Although Android Pie has been around for more than six months, not all device manufacturers have adopted it and released an update to it. If an update is not yet available for your device or if your device doesn’t meet Android Pie’s system requirements, the update is impossible.
2. Poor battery life and poor performance, for now
The developer version of Android P is known for its poor battery management. Later, poor performance is also detected when running certain apps. However, these kinds of problem emerge mostly because most apps are not optimized yet for the new operating system. In fact, all prior Android versions also experienced the same problems, which would then gradually disappear as the apps were optimized for the new versions. If you want to avoid these problems, at least you may want to delay the update until the operating system and all apps running on it are stable enough.
3. Unfamiliar navigation
Every Android version has always been introducing new ways to navigate through the system, but the basic three navigation buttons at the bottom are always preserved. Android Pie decides to remove these buttons and to replace their functions with the new gesture navigation system. The good thing about this new system is that you no longer need to accidentally press the buttons. The bad part: you have to memorize all of the navigation gestures. If memorizing is not your thing, you can forget about updating to Android P.