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, in August. 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 the Android 8.1 beta for Pixel devices through OTA.
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.
In August, the 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 will be more than just an incremental upgrade.
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What new features Pixel and Pixel XL getting with Android 8.1
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.
What is Neural Network API and how it works
The neural network API is a new feature coming for Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices with the Android 8.1 update. The API provides a base layer of functionality for nueral networks introduced by Google earlier like Tensor Liteflow, Caffe 2 etc. Due to the API, these neural networks work much faster and will give quick inference.
In devices contain separate AI chipset like Pixel 2 core, neural network API utilize the AI chip to process data very much faster than CPU alone. So performance will be improved hugely and also load on CPU decreases. If developers implemented properly, we will see wonders in future. The Neural network API helps classifying the images according to the user’s interest and so on.
Update on 10/12/2017 :
Google released the Android 8.1 consumer version along with Android Go on December 5th. The OTA images and factory images of Android 8.1 are released on December 6th for Pixel and Pixel XL devices. Later the Search giant also began the OTA rollout for the Pixel and Pixel XL flagships. Currently the rollout hit many Pixel and Pixel XL devices but some users are yet to receive the update.
In the consumer release of Android 8.1, Google fixed many security vulnerabilities and other bugs. As the Android 8.1 is the first maintenance release for Oreo, users can expect many under the hood improvements. The cheeseburger and Beer emojis are fixed in the update. Overall, user experience also improved with the Android 8.1 update.
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