Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

What's new in Android 8.1 Oreo?

What's new in Android 8.1 Oreo?

You can update over-the-air through Android or via flashing a system image. Google said more devices will receive the update soon. You also get Android Nougat out of the box with a promise to Oreo and Android P, a 3.5mm audio jack, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a decent 3080mAh battery unit that is charged via a USB-C port.

Android 8.1 Oreo is basically a minor maintenance release after Google rolled out the Android 8.0 update back in September this year. The latest Neural Networks API is a hardware accelerated machine learning runtime to support ML capabilities in apps.

This is a lightweight version of Oreo applied to any device with 512MB to 1GB of RAM, which includes performance and storage improvements, a new set of lightweight Google apps and a tuned version of the Google Play Store which highlights the apps created to work well on your device.

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Pixel 2 is one of the first devices to ship with dedicated machine learning chips named Pixel Visual Core. This change has been made to adjust to the Pixel 2 XL's burn-in/screen issue.

At Rs 39,999, the Google Pixel 2 becomes an attractive alternative to OnePlus 5T, which has thus far been considered the best smartphone in the sub-Rs 40k segment.

Elsewhere, Android 8.1 brings with it updates to autofill, with Google making it easier for password managers and similar services to use the Autofill framework, and a new shared memory API that lets apps allocate shared memory for faster access to common data.

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Android Oreo (Go edition), which is part of of Android 8.1 Oreo, is optimized for devices with less than 1GB of RAM. Talk about Android One and Android One devices is pretty much non-existent these days.

We knew Android 8.1 was coming in December, but now we know the exact date, and it's set for December 6. Additionally, the new OS will also bring along the new hamburger, beer, and cheese emojis onboard. Google claims that there are about 50 fixes which also includes a patch for the major KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability.

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