Google has announced a developer preview for Android 8.1, with a final release around December. However Google has made it available to test for Android Beta Program users. Android 8.1 Developers Preview Released with Neutral Network API.
Google told that this first Developer Preview release is of “beta” quality. The Beta Program is also great because future updates will be sent to you automatically. The latest software is available for testing on modern Nexuses and Pixels i.e; Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
Android 8.1 Developers Preview Released with Neutral Network API
It seems there are no useful features in 8.1 for the average users. Preview for Android 8.1 includes a few changes for developers. The changes in Android 8.1 include hardware acceleration for on-device machine learning, new memory management features, and improvements to auto fill. The company has announced that Google Pixel 2 will have Android 8.1 but it is not clear that secret image processing chip is live in this preview or not.
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. 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.
Android 8.1 includes new features and developer APIs (API level 27), along with the latest optimizations, bug fixes, and security patches. Some of the new APIs includes, Android Go memory optimizations and targeting, Neural Networks API and Shared memory API.
Android 8.1 isn’t going to bring any huge changes in interface, but it would clean up issues and bugs with the initial Oreo release. It will also enable the use of the Pixel Visual Core on the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL.