Google previews Android 8.1 upgrade

Google rolls out Android 8.1 developer preview

Google officially rolled out its developer preview for #Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

The software, which is slated for a December launch, can be tested now by Android Beta Program users. The Beta Program is also great because future updates will be sent to you automatically.

While the Android 8.1 beta is available to developers, it won't launch for users until December.

It seems there are no useful features in 8.1 for the average users.

The API brings hardware-accelerated execution of machine learning models that have already been trained.

Google was expected to release Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview to its Nexus and Pixel devices but not this soon.

The developer preview can also be downloaded and flashed to your device or loaded through the Android emulator, tech website zdnet.com reported on Wednesday. Users other than developers can also download and install the system images with an unlocked bootloader but we don't recommend you to download if you are not a developer. Although the image processor is built into both the new Pixel phones, it remains dormant.

Up till now Google didn't provided any update about it so we have assumed that Google will launch Android 8.1 with the Pixel 2 series.

One of the most notable enhancements to the new OS is the inclusion of a Neural Networks API to bolster machine intelligence on mobile handsets.

This version of Android is expected to arrive first for Google's Pixel and Nexus devices followed by other Android carriers.

In particular, the update will give the opportunity to use Visual Pixel coprocessor Core, which is equipped with the recently introduced flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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