Google releases the Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview

Google releases Android 8.1 Oreo developer beta 1: 7 'reasons' to ...

For now, the beta version is available on the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the Android emulator.

Google said it envisages that Android 8.1 Oreo will be really for public release sometime in December.

"We've added new hardware feature constants so you can now target the distribution of your apps and APK splits to normal or low-RAM devices running Android 8.1 and later", Google notes.

It will enhance Google's photo apps and eventually will allow third-party photography apps to take HDR+ quality images, zdnet.com reported. Instagram will be able to capture as good pictures as the stock app if you want to share photos on the social networking app.

One of the most notable enhancements to the new OS is the inclusion of a Neural Networks API to bolster machine intelligence on mobile handsets.

"NNAPI is meant to be called by machine learning libraries, frameworks, and tools that let developers train their models off-device and deploy them on Android devices". It allows apps to learn from your habits, which would help reduce latency while keeping sensitive data on your phone. There are also some features that have been stripped, such as the option to toggle Wi-Fi when the device is left idle for some time. Android Go is a version of the Android operating system for budget-friendly phones in developing markets.

The culprit of problem appears to be a poorly applied screen polariser, as demonstrated in a video by YouTube user and Android developer Mike Barrett.

As this is an early beta, there are not a huge number of changes to see in Android Oreo 8.1 developer preview - but under the hood, there's quite a lot going on.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are available in two storage variants of 64 GB and 128 GB. For those who pre-order Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in India from its platform, Flipkart has announced several offers, including cashbacks and freebies, while other retailers have also announced similar pre-order offers.

Android 8.1 first preview makes the navigation bar looks more compact.

When you open the notifications or hit the power button to restart/power-off, the system draws a shadow overlay on the rest of the screen.

The California company has also added a new Search bar in the Settings menu. Other under-the-hood changes are also taking place on Android 8.1.

Several new APIs fill Android 8.1. Alert sounds exceeding this rate won't be queued, and would be lost.

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