After a long wait, Motorola has started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie update to Moto G6 Plus users. According to the Indian Motorola support page, the Pie update contains so many new features, bug fixes, and improvements. The update also includes December 1, 2018, Android security patch. To recall, recently Moto G6 soak test Pie update also leaked online that means the Moto G6 Pie update is also around the corner. According to the reports, Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play will get the Android 9 Pie update in January 2019.
Moto G6 Plus Pie Update Changelog
This update introduces changes including the following:
- Android security: Includes the updates of Android security patches through December 1, 2018
- Android™ 9.0 Pie
Android™ 9.0 Pie improves your mobile experience from the new Intuitive Navigation and Recent App, an improved Do Not Disturb mode and a colorful settings menu, to anticipated longer battery life and
Revamped split screen. Android Pie also brings a redesigned Quick Settings, simplified volume controls,
a more natural way to manage notifications and more.
After installing the Android Pie software update, you may notice changes that include*:
- Adaptive battery: no longer with a single charge. It prioritizes battery power on the apps
you use the most and applies restrictions on the ones you use the least. Battery saver can
now be activated from 70% or below.
- Adaptive brightness: fewer manual adjustments to perform better. Machine learning takes
notes of your habits and automatically adjusts to your activities.
- Quick settings improvements: no shortcuts anymore (toggles are no longer expandable,
but press and hold a toggle goes to the setting detail). The icons have been redesigned with
a rounded concept and circular background.
- Rotation key: Android Pie presents a temporary rotation even with the auto-rotate
Disabled. A rotation button is displayed whenever it detects that your phone has changed
- Dual SIM settings: by pressing the SIM Card toggle in the Quick settings, a full screen
activity is shown to select preferred SIM and manage data usage.
- Redesigned Settings app: colorful icons for each selection with a circular background. It
also warns if the phone is muted or in Do not disturb mode. Order, name, and placement of
the settings options have not changed.
- Better screenshots: another handy Android 9.0 feature is the addition of the virtual
screenshot button/shortcut to the power menu (the old power and volume down method (still works). You can also edit your screenshots immediately after taking them, and a delete
option is also available.
- Improved audio controls: the volume slider is now vertical and close to the volume
buttons. Users can switch between ring, mute and vibrate-only mode. Plus, media controls
are now the default volume adjusted, and Do not disturb cannot be turned on/off via the
volume keys anymore. Bluetooth device volumes are also accessed whenever connected. As
usual, ‘Volume Up + Power’ change the ring mode to vibrate.
- Zoom in a text: you can finally manage the annoying mistakes of selecting incorrect text.
Now, when you press and hold a phrase or text, it will automatically magnify at the pointer.
It also helps you read small text and select words precisely.
- New and updated emoji: 157 new emojis, as well as a gender-neutral concept.
- Settings icon while on PIP mode: tapping the new settings icon brings you to the app’s PiP
settings, where you can enable or disable the feature.
- Other UI changes: time is now on the left side, and the search bar is now rounded. There is
a new task manager/recent list that now shows a horizontal list instead of a vertical one and
includes the split screen capabilities by pressing the app icon above the thumbnail. Dragging
the split screen border will select the app you want in full screen
- Notification UI changes: notifications now have rounded corners. It also supports inline
images/stickers and distinguishes single/group conversations.
- Dismissing notifications: Android Pie will now suggest a couple of actions to you for the
type of notifications you usually dismiss. It will offer to turn off frequently dismissed
notifications by asking you if you would like to stop seeing these notifications or keep
- Notification bar: maximum of 4 visible notifications in the status bar before the list is
truncated with a dot to indicate more unseen icons.
- Manage notifications: a shortcut at the bottom of the cards in the notification shade that
allows you to see a user-facing list of recent notification activity. If it’s something annoying,
you can flip the toggle right there to disable unwanted notifications in the future.
- Performance improvements: applications will launch faster and use less memory, gaining
performance and efficiency improvements.
- Power efficiency: refinements to Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits to improve
- Background App privacy: the system restricts access to the phone’s microphone, camera
and other sensors (other than GPS). A persistent notification is shown if an app needs access
while in the background.
- Bluetooth enhancements: simultaneous connection of up to 5 Bluetooth audio devices.
However, there is no option for simultaneous playback: users need to choose the device to
be used. Android 9.0 also remembers the last volume level for paired devices.
- Wi-Fi optimization: Wi-Fi hotspot goes OFF in case of no connection. It disables
automatically, preventing others nearby from connecting to your network.
- Stability improvements: includes changes that fix bugs and improve the stability of your
- Security enhancements: an alert tone will be heard when a call is being recorded to all
parties. The pattern unlock also hides the swipe trail, instead of simply leaving the trail
visible until the phone has fully unlocked. Better for security.
- Data encryption: Android Pie will now perform client-side data encryption and
decryption on the user’s phone: authentication is required (password, PIN, pattern), plus
Google backs up all information to the cloud and hacker attacks become much more
- DNS over TLS support: it creates a secure connection to the DNS server before DNS
queries and responses happen. For example, someone monitoring the connection will have
a harder time seeing what you’re doing.
- HTTPs by default: all applications built for Android Pie onwards will send and receive data
via HTTPS by default, ensuring your data is better protected as you communicate with the app servers, especially public Wi-Fi.
You can install the latest Pie update in your Moto G6 Plus via following these simple steps.
If you have received a notification message for this update:
- Select the option “Download and install”
- After the software is completely installed, tap on “Restart Now.”
- Your Moto G6 Plus is now updated to the Android Pie update.
If you have not received a notification message for this update, follow the steps below to manually
update your phone:
- Select the Settings icon in the apps menu
- Select System
- Select System updates
- Tap on “Download and Install.”
- After the software is installed, tab “Restart Now.”
- Your Moto G6 Plus is now updated.
To recall, Motorola Moto G6 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip(2.2GHz), paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM and has 64GB and a new 128GB will also make its way this time. The display is, at last, an 18:9, 5.9-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD Max-Vision display.