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Android 8.1 Developer Preview is, er, previewed

by on25 October 2017

Only for Pixel and Nexus devices

As rumored earlier, Google has now officially launched the first Developer Preview for Android 8.1 which activates the Pixel Visual Core as well as bringing several new features, mostly aimed at developers.

The Android 8.1 Developer Preview is only available on certain Nexus and Pixel devices, including  Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the Pixel C.

Those that want the new Android 8.1 Developer Preview need to be a part of the Android Beta Program, which will eventually get you an OTA update, or download and manually flash the device.

Most of the updates and features in the Android 8.1 Developer Preview are focused on developers including the activation of the Pixel Visual Core in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, updates to notifications, autofill framework, EditText and fingerprint manager, improved targeting for low RAM devices, Programmatic Safe Browsing actions, new WallpaperColors API, Shared memory API and, most importantly, Neural networks API.

Bear in mind that this is practically a beta version, which might have a few bugs, but ships with the final API versions, which are important to developers.

This is the first of two Developer Preview updates for Android 8.1 that will be released this year and the final Android 8.1 version is expected in December.


Last modified on 26 October 2017
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