Google rolls out Android 8.1 developer preview for Nexus and Pixel devices

By IANS | Updated 26 Oct 2017
Google rolls out Android 8.1 developer preview for Nexus and Pixel devices
  • The recently released developer preview is only compatible with the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL

Ahead of the mobile software's release to the public in December, Google has started rolling out the latest developer preview Android Oreo 8.1. The recently released developer preview is only compatible with the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

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The developer preview can also be downloaded and flashed to your device or loaded through the Android emulator. Google has pegged two developer previews for Android 8.1. The company said that the first release is a beta "with APIs" and has promises a second beta sometime in November.

What looks to be the biggest part of the update, the Neural Networks API will likely allow the new Pixel 2 to take advantage of the Pixel Visual Core SOC that isn't enabled yet. The SoC is Google’s first custom imaging Octa-core chip which enables faster image processing. It will enhance Google's photo apps and eventually will allow third-party photography apps to take HDR+ quality images.

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