Technology Android 8.1 starts rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices

01:16  06 december  2017
01:16  06 december  2017 Source:   Engadget

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Today is the day we've all been waiting for since March when Google unexpectedly dropped the Android N developer preview on us. Android 7.0 Nougat, as it's now known, is officially done and rolling out to Nexus devices , the Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G.

The first developer preview came and went, and DP2 is the last beta release before the final public version of Android 8 . 1 Oreo starts hitting all devices in December. Gadget Hacks. Google just released the second developer preview of the Android 8 . 1 update for Nexus and Pixel devices , and

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As promised, Android 8.1 is ready to reach the masses. Google has started pushing the new mobile operating system to Nexus and Pixel devices, and expects to complete the rollout over the next week. Naturally, it's also posting the source code. The biggest tangible improvement should be for low-cost Android Go phones aimed at developing markets, but there are plenty of important improvements -- particularly if you have a Pixel 2.

If you have one of Google's latest handsets, 8.1 unlocks the Pixel Visual Core chip so that third-party apps can take advantage of the Pixel 2's AI-powered photography. In theory, any app that uses the standard Android camera platform can take richer photos and spare you from having to switch apps.

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Google has started the rollout of Android 8 . 1 Developer Preview for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices . Android Police points out that the dimming the buttons in all apps and is not just Settings.

Android Nougat has started to roll out to all the compatible devices , but it will take some time before you receive the over the air notification. The latest mobile operating system version will work on some of the Nexus devices , Pixel C and General Mobile 4G ( Android One).

You don't need one of the newer phones to see the other benefits. Android 8.1 includes a neural network toolkit that lets apps run TensorFlow Lite and other AI frameworks on-device, instead of leaning on a distant server. Apps can make better use of autofill forms, and there's an obligatory round of bug fixes.

When other devices get Android 8.1 is up in the air. Many major Android phone makers are only just testing 8.0 updates, and they might not want to delay things further by evaluating 8.1. In some cases, you may stand a better chance of getting 8.1 through a brand new device.

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