Google’s pushed the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo live this afternoon.
The Android 8.1 Oreo release is available in the form of factory images for supported devices such as the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel C devices. Over-the-air (OTA) updates will likely follow on Wednesday in the form of a gradual rollout, following the source code’s publication on Tuesday.
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Android 8.1 brings some welcome refinements to Oreo, including reducing the storage footprint of inactive apps, enhanced autofill capabilities like saving login credentials for various apps and the activation of the special “Visual Core” image-processing chip in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Also included are some fixes for various problems that have plagued the second-generation Pixel phones including video recording issues and even random reboots.
Android’s distribution numbers have always shown a very low rate of adoption for the latest version of Android, as can be seen very prominently by Android 8.0 Oreo’s 0.3% share in November’s distribution numbers. So, unless your device is on the list of supported devices or your device has quality custom ROM support, your wait for Android 8.1 could be extended by at least a few months in the most optimistic of scenarios.
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