Android 8.1 for Google Pixel and Pixel XL
Google rolled out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for Pixel and Pixel XL flagships through OTA, a few days ago. Major US carriers like Verizon and AT&T also rolled out the update to their devices. The upcoming Android update for the Pixel and Pixel XL flagships is Android 8.1, according to Android Finest. Google recently started the rollout of Android 8.1 beta for Pixel devices through OTA.
Recently, Android Police guys have done an APK breakdown of Google App 7.11. In the APK, they have found the code containing evidences about the Android 8.1. The code reveals that the Android 8.1 update is coming with the API level 27. In the Oreo update, Google increases the API level to 26. So most likely, Android 8.1 is more than just an incremental upgrade.
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Android 8.1 Exclusive features
The Android Oreo update contains some bugs like UI freeze, Bluetooth issues, Picture in Picture issues and automatic Mobile data Disable. Some users also reported that their devices are sucking up Mobile Data when Wi-Fi is turned on. Some Pixel users also reported Battery drain and random reboot issues. So the Search giant may address these issues in the forthcoming update. Some Google executives also say that Mobile data bug and Bluetooth issues will be fixed through the next update. So we hope that these bugs are fixed in the Android 8.1 Oreo update.
The Android 8.1 developer preview arrived with exciting features like Neural Network API, Bluetooth battery levels, Redesigned power menu, Buttery smooth scrolling and many more. But as the Android 8.1 final Release is nowhere near, many features might be added or improved in coming days.
The official Changelog of Android 8.1 will be revealed in coming days.
Big updates like Android 8.1 always include security refinements and system stability improvements. So Android 8.1 Oreo may improve the security and also solve boot problems.
Android 8.1 Release Date for Pixel and Pixel XL
Google already announced in the official blog that the final release of Android 8.1 will take place in December. So the OTA rollout for Pixel and Pixel XL devices will begin by the end of December. As the OTA rolls out in phases, it takes more time to reach some users.
Currently, the factory images of Android 8.1 Developer preview are available in the official website. The final Android 8.1 images will be available by the end of December.
We will update this post soon with more details about the Android 8.1 update for Pixel and Pixel XL.