Google rolls out Android 8.1 for Pixel and Nexus devices


After two developer previews, Google has finally released the final Android 8.1 Oreo update along with December Android security patch for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices.

Android 8.1 is a minor maintenance release after the major Android Oreo update and includes Neural Networks API that allows the Pixel 2 phone to take advantage of the Pixel Visual Core SoC. It enhances Google's photo apps to run faster, and will enable third party photography apps to take HDR+ quality images. 

Other features Android 8.1 includes are listed below
  • Support for Android Oreo (Go edition) software for entry-level smartphones with less than 1GB RAM
  • Neural Networks API: Enables hardware-accelerated inference operation on support devices for on-device machine learning frameworks lie TensorFlow, Caffe 2 and others
  • Autofill enhancements:  Password managers and other Autofill service can use Autofill framework
  • SharedMemory API
  • Screen burn-in mitigation
  • Emoji fixes: new hamburger, cheese & beer emoji
  • December Android security patch
Android 8.1 Oreo is now being rolled out to Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C tablet, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. You can grab the update over-the-air or through flashing the OTA or full factory images. 


Ajedux Bey
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Google rolls out Android 8.1 for Pixel and Nexus devices Google rolls out Android 8.1 for Pixel and Nexus devices Reviewed by Ajedux Bey on 12/06/2017 02:42:00 PM
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