Technology Android 8.1 starts rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices

01:16  06 december  2017
01:16  06 december  2017 Source:   engadget.com

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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.

Today the company pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and started rolling out Android 8 . 1 on supported Pixel and Nexus devices (you might not see the update yet as it’s rolling out “over the next week”).

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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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The 8 . 1 update will start rolling out to Google Pixel and Nexus devices next week, while today Google is seeding Android 8 . 1 to the Android Open Source Project. Android 8 . 1 includes the Neural Networks API which gives apps access to machine learning and hardware acceleration

For every cool new thing Android Oreo brought to the table, Android 8 . 1 adds a bit of polish. After a brief but successful beta period, Google started rolling out the official 8 . 1 update to its Pixel and Nexus devices today, and it's everything Android 8 .0 should have been.

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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