Android 8.1 Now Available to Pixel and Nexus Devices

As promised, Android 8.1 is prepared to be available to the masses. Google has begun pushing the new mobile operating system to Pixel and Nexus devices, and it expects to complete the release over the next week. Naturally, the company is also posting the source code. The largest tangible improvement should be for the low-cost Android Go phones that are aimed at developing markets. However, there are a lot of important improvements that will be observed particularly if users own a Pixel 2.

If users possess one of the latest handsets of Google, 8.1 unlocks the Pixel Visual Core chip in order to allow third-party apps to take advantage of the AI-powered photography of Pixel 2. In theory, any app that makes use of the standard Android camera platform are able to take richer photos and spare users from having to switch apps.

Users do not need one of the newer phones to experience the other benefits. Android 8.1 features a neural network toolkit that allows apps to run TensorFlow Lite and other Artificial Intelligence frameworks on-device, rather than leaning on a distant server. Apps can now make better use of autofill forms, and there is an obligatory round of bug fixes.

While other devices get Android 8.1, many major Android phone makers are still testing updates of the 8.0, and the users might not want to limit things further by evaluating 8.1. In various cases, users may stand a better chance of experiencing 8.1 with the use of a brand new device.