What's new in Android 8.1 Oreo?

What's new in Android 8.1 Oreo?

What's new in Android 8.1 Oreo?

While Google still hasn't given us the ability to manually apply a dark theme throughout the UI, Android 8.1 will now detect whether you are using a light of dark wallpaper and automatically adjust the Quick Settings and App drawer to light or dark.

As for other devices, Google said Tuesday that it's working with "device maker partners to bring Android 8.1 to more devices, including Android Oreo (Go edition) devices, in the months ahead". Well, Google is done beta testing the software, and hence, it has now started rolling out the final version of Android 8.1 Oreo to all the users. It's worth noting that phones without specialized chips can take advantage of the new Neural Networks API by running TensorFlow Lite and other AI frameworks on-device. Meanwhile, Android 8.1 also brings several bug fixes and changes for the developers. The OEM and non-Google devices will also get the update, but probably not for a couple more weeks. OEMs will now be able to cater a version of Android to low-end smartphones.

The update is expected to begin rolling out across to Nexus and Pixel devices over the next week, so if you own a compatible Pixel or Nexus handset, you'll want to keep an eye out for the update.

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In addition to the latest security patch firmware OPM1.171019.011 also includes a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi WPA2 security vulnerability.

To build with Android 8.1, we recommend updating to Android Studio 3.0, which is now available from the stable channel. You will not be missing out on the critical updates and that is definitely a good thing.

Read: Google Pixel 2 Vs Pixel 2 XL: What's The Difference? Both system images and OTA zip files are now available for the supported devices. If you have had an Android device for a while, then you know about all of these minor issues. Head over to the Android Developers site to find more info on launch best practices.

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