It was about time: the Motorola is distributing the Android 9 Pie to Moto Z2 Force at the Brazil after literally a year of waiting. The update brings Google news such as gesture navigation on the phone, an improved Do Not Disturb mode, simplified volume controls, more interactive notifications and more. About the Moto Z2 Play, the company says the update “is in the final testing phase”.
“We confirm that the update to Android 9.0 (Pie) for Moto Z2 Force users has been released gradually and the entire user base for this product will receive a notification informing them of the availability of the upgrade,” explains Motorola in a statement to the Tecnoblog.
In your official site for Brazil, the company confirms that the Moto Z2 Force has “Android 9.0 (Pie) with update started in August 2019”. The update has also been released in other countries, such as the USA, Mexico, Germany and Japan.
a Motorola document explains that the update comes with the Android security patch for July 2019. The company recommends downloading it over a Wi-Fi network, and installing it with at least 50% battery on the device.
A year later Motorola releases Android Pie pro moto Z2 force, finally
– Bruno Villas (@BrunoVillas) August 14, 2019
Motorola promised Android Pie a year ago
At this point in the championship, you already know the news of Android Pie, as it was released a long time ago by Google. In fact, Motorola promised to update the Moto Z2 Force on August 15, 2018, exactly a year ago.
From the original list of devices that would receive the Pie, the Moto Z2 Play be contemplated. On twitter, Motorola warns that “the update is in the final testing phase”.
The update is in the final testing phase, soon I will have news, soon.
– Motorola Brazil (@MotorolaBR) August 13, 2019
In the USA, several versions of the Moto Z2 Force will not be updated to Android 9 Pie: the update is coming only to the model sold by the operator Verizon, “because it is necessary to enable the Moto Snap 5G”. In turn, the Moto Z4 has a confirmed update only for Android Q, not R.
What’s new in Moto Z2 Force with Android 9 Pie
Below are the news of Android Pie for Moto Z2 Force:
- Adaptive battery: do so much more with a single charge. This feature prioritizes battery power for the apps you use the most and applies restrictions for those you use the least. Battery Saver can now be activated with 70% battery or less.
- Adaptive brightness: fewer manual adjustments to improve performance. The device learns about your habits and automatically adjusts to your activities.
- Quick Settings improvements: there are no shortcuts (the buttons are no longer expandable, but holding down a button takes you to the details of the setting). The icons have been redesigned with a rounded concept and circular background.
- Rotation button: Android Pie has a temporary rotation, even when automatic rotation is disabled. A rotation button is displayed whenever it detects that the phone has changed its orientation.
- Dual chip configurations: when you press the Chip button in Quick Settings, an activity on the entire screen is displayed to select the desired chip and manage data usage.
- Refurbished Configure App: colored icons for each selection with a circular background. It also alerts you if the phone is muted or in Do Not Disturb mode. The order, name and position of the configuration options have not been changed.
- Better screenshots: another useful feature of Android 9.0 is the addition of a button / shortcut for virtual screen capture in the power button menu (the old method with the power and volume buttons still works). You can edit your screenshots right after taking them and an option to delete is also available.
- Enhanced audio controls: the volume slider is now upright and close to the volume buttons. Users can switch only between Play, Mute and Vibrate modes. In addition, the media controls are now the default adjusted volume and the Do Not Disturb mode can no longer be activated / deactivated by the volume buttons. You can access the Bluetooth device’s volumes when connected. As usual, the “Volume up button + Power button” changes from Play mode to Vibrate.
- Zoom in on texts: now, you can finally avoid mistakes by selecting the wrong text. When you press and hold a phrase or text, the zoom automatically increases. It also helps you to read small texts and select words accurately.
- New and updated emojis: 157 new emojis and a gender-neutral concept.
- Settings icon when in PIP mode: by tapping the new settings icon, you’ll see the app’s PIP settings, where you can enable or disable the feature.
- Other UI changes: now the time is on the left and the search bar is rounded. There is a new task manager / recent list that shows a horizontal instead of vertical list and includes the split screen features by pressing the app icon above the thumbnail. Dragging the split screen border will display the desired app on the entire screen
- Changes to the notification UI: notifications now have rounded corners. They also support inline images / stickers and differentiate individual / group conversations.
- Discard notifications: now, Android Pie will suggest some actions for the types of notifications you normally dismiss. You’ll be able to turn off notifications that you’ve dropped frequently, as it will ask if you want to stop those notifications or continue to see them.
- Notification bar: maximum of four notifications visible in the status bar. Before the list was truncated and with a period to indicate more unseen icons.
- Manage notifications: a shortcut at the bottom of the cards in the notifications that allows you to see a list of recent user-facing notification activity. If something is annoying you, you can place the button on the right side to disable unwanted notifications in the future.
- Performance improvements: apps will start faster and use less memory, gaining performance and efficiency improvements.
- Energy efficiency: improvements to Twelve, App on Hold and Background Run Limits increase battery life.
- Background app privacy: the system restricts access to the phone’s microphone, camera and other sensors (except GPS). A persistent notification is displayed if an application needs access when it is in the background
- Bluetooth enhancements: simultaneous connection with up to five Bluetooth audio devices. However, there is no option for simultaneous playback: users must choose the device to be used. In addition, Android 9.0 remembers the last volume level adjusted for paired devices.
- Wi-Fi optimization: the Wi-Fi router is DISABLED if there is no connection. It automatically deactivates, preventing others around you from connecting to your network
- Stability improvements: includes changes that correct errors and optimize the stability of your phone
- Security improvements: an alert tone will be emitted to all participants when a call is being recorded. In addition, unlocking by default hides the unlock path, instead of simply leaving it visible until the phone is fully unlocked. With that, you have more security.
- Data encryption: now, Android Pie will send encryption and / or decryption of customer data on the user’s phone: authentication required, (password, PIN, default), Google backs up all information to the cloud and hacker attacks become very more difficult.
- DNS support via TLS: creates a secure connection to the DNS server before DNS queries and responses occur. For example, someone who is monitoring the connection will have a hard time seeing what you are doing.
- HTTPS by default: all versions of Android Pie apps onwards will send and receive data over HTTPS by default, ensuring that your data is protected in the best way as you communicate with the app’s servers, especially public Wi-Fi.
Updated at 15:35