Android 8.1 developer preview launched by Google

Joanna Estrada
October 26, 2017

Google officially rolled out its developer preview for #Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

As we said, it's not just the Pixel 2 phones that will benefit from the Android 8.1 beta, as the original Pixel phones, along with the Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Android emulator can all be updated too.

The timeline for the final Android 8.1 release is shorter than usual as there will only be two preview releases. Google's blog detailed the new and enhanced features in the software update.

Android Go devices will get a performance boost too thanks to better memory optimisation of apps and password managers will be able to better integrate with Google's Autofill framework.

Android 8.1 includes new features and developer APIs (API level 27), along with the latest optimizations, bug fixes, and security patches. The final rollout will take place in December but until then the Android Beta Program users can test it now.

Although there aren't solid details by way of timeframes as well as smartphones, the South Korean tech company is supposedly now working on a preliminary model software for the mobile operating system.

There are also few crucial features that the update lacks like the option to toggle WiFi if the device is not used for long.

Up till now Google didn't provided any update about it so we have assumed that Google will launch Android 8.1 with the Pixel 2 series.

Android 8.1 isn't going to bring any huge changes in interface, but it would clean up issues and bugs with the initial Oreo release.

It is expected that the second version of the preview will be released in late November, and the release of the Android 8.1 Oreo will be held in December.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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