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HMD Global Oy has commenced rolling out the latest Android Pie software update to the Nokia X5 in China.

Since it is being staged in phases, the software is expected to take several days to reach all corners of the vast country. This apparently means the company would have already started internal testing for the global version—Nokia 5.1 Plus.

If history is any indication, HMD Global after the initial trials will host public testers through Nokia Beta Labs. Registered users get soon get an OTA update and will be required to give feedback to the company so that they can weed out bugs before releasing the Android Pie to the public en masse.

Nokia 5.1 Plus hands on
Nokia 5.1 Plus will soon get Google Android Pie update.IBTimes India/Sami Khan

We believe final Android Pie for the Nokia 5.1 Plus is most likely to be deployed in before the end of December or early January 2019. So far, HMD Global has released Google's sweet pastry dish-flavoured OS to Nokia 6, 6.1 Plus, Nokia 8. Soon, it will be made available to the Nokia 8 Sirocco followed by Nokia 5.1 Plus, Nokia 3 and Nokia 2 (with Android Go edition).

Android Pie: Key features

  • One of the notable aspects of the new Android Pie is the digital wellbeing. It brings Dashboard, which highlights screen time and phone usage including how many times the device has been unlocked and a number of notifications received so that they get an overview on how much obsessed with the phone. It also allows users to set App Timers to put limits on app usage
  • Android Pie also comes with Wind Down and Do Not Disturb. With these features, users can set a daily schedule to get the phone ready for bed. Its screen fades to Grayscale, while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep. He/she can activate Do Not Disturb anytime they want to disconnect.
  • Android Pie's Slices feature identifies relevant information of users' favourite apps to make them more easily accessible when they need them
  • Besides the regular Google security patch, Android 9 Pie brings numerous new safety features, including a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.
  • After upgrading to the Android Pie, devices will restrict any apps accessing users' phone microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background. (If an app does need to access a sensor, it will show a persistent notification on your phone.)
  • Furthermore, Android 9 introduces several new security features, including a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.
  • The Pie update also brings important enhancements that protect all web communications and offer private web surfing. It enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.
  • Android 9 Pie also makes notifications more useful and offer actionable functionalities with conversations such as attach photos and stickers along with suggesting smart replies. Also, helps users get things done faster by predicting their next move and displaying the right action on the phone.
  • The new System navigation system offers a single home button that provides intelligent predictions and suggestions (user enabled).
  • Other notable features include full-view screen friendly swipe-based navigation interface option, revamped setting drawer, adaptive battery and display, extend battery life and several others.

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