Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Developer Preview of Android 8.1 Oreo (MR1) is Arriving “in the Coming Weeks”

Today, Google made a couple of announcements about the future of the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and even Android itself. First, we learned that there is a custom dedicated SoC in the Pixel 2 phones for processing the images its cameras take. However, that will not be enabled until the upcoming Android 8.1 Oreo update but we also received news about this update as well. According to Google, the first developer preview of its Android 8.1 Oreo maintenance release will be available “in the coming weeks.”

We’ve talked about future versions of Android in the past with us speculating that the new Bluetooth battery level feature coming in the big 8.1 update. We learned more about this Bluetooth battery level feature late last week and it’s something that many customers are currently looking forward to. A couple of months ago we also learned that Google had already began working on Android P (like to be 9.0) as we found three commits to AOSP that mentioned the update for the Pixel and the Pixel XL.

It was originally thought that Google would be launching the two new Pixel phones with Android 8.0.1 as that version number was displayed in some FCC documents. While that still may be the case, many are now looking ahead to Android 8.1 Oreo so their new smartphone will be able to take advantage of that new custom Pixel Visual Core SoC onboard. Along with the new announcement of the Pixel Visual Core included in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, we also learned that Google is currently preparing the first developer preview of the Android 8.1 Oreo update.

The update will be made available for the two new Pixel phones as well as their successors. Other than that, there really isn’t much else known about the update. Google says the first developer preview will be made available to the public “in the coming weeks,” and that’s it so far. We’ll likely hear more from the company as we get closer to its initial release.


Source: Droid-Life

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