Google Rolls Out Android 8.1 Developer Preview, See Whats New On The Update

While we are still celebrating the arrival of Android 8 Oreo, Google took thing further by releasing the latest developer preview called Android Oreo. Version 8.1. The new update which is expected to be released in December, is only compatible with mainly Google owned devices such as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

Android Oreo

Please by aware that the new update is in beta stage and can be subjected to changes if any bug is found. The update is about 895MB and requires about 30+ minutes to download. We suggest to charge your device up to 80% full and also it will be wise to use a wifi service to download if possible.

The new update is currently available for Android Beta Program users via OTA to test. It is coming with great features which includes,

1) Android Go memory optimizations and targeting — Android 8.1 comes with a memory optimizations for Android Go configurations (1GB or less of memory). It also includes 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.

2) Neural Networks API — This feature enables hardware-accelerated inference operations on supported devices. Google designed the Neural Networks API as a foundational layer for ML frameworks like TensorFlow Lite (Google’s upcoming cross-platform ML framework for mobile — as well as Caffe2 and others.)

3) Autofill Enhancements — we’ve made it easier for password managers and other Autofill services to use the Autofill framework. The Android 8.1 (Beta) allows more UI customization of the Save dialog, as well as setAutofillOptions() for users to set credit card expiration using a spinner.

4) Shared memory API — this new API lets apps allocate shared memory for faster access to common data. Apps can map anonymous shared memory and manage protection controls using the SharedMemory API. The API is parcelable, AIDL friendly, and exposes useful features like removing write permissions.

5) sRGB Toggle Removed — At least in Android 8.1 Beta, Google has removed sRGB Toggle option from developer settings.

6) Oreo Themed System Notifications — The Oreo branding is further eminent in System notifications. It is a system wide change which will come into effect after installing the beta.

7) Search Bar added at Top of settings —  Google has added a much visible search bar at the top of settings. It even stays at the top when scrolling. This would be convenient in case if you are searching for a particular settings / options.

8) Quick Settings Changes — In Android 8.0 (Oreo) quick settings interface had a light theme (white). In Android 8.1 Beta, the interface color is largely dependent on the color of wallpaper and not pre determined.

9) Bluetooth Battery level — It basically shows the Battery life of connected Bluetooth device. This feature is already available for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users.

10) New Power Menu UI — The 8.1 Beta update will add a new Power Menu User Interface. It does have Power and Restart option, but aesthetically, it is different than what we are accustomed of seeing.

11) Programmatic Safe Browsing actions — Devs can control whether an app reports known threats to Safe Browsing, and have the app automatically perform a particular action—such as going back to safety—each time it encounters a URL that Safe Browsing classifies as a known threat.

12) Video thumbnail extractor — The MediaMetadataRetriever class has a new method, getScaledFrameAtTime(), that finds a frame near a given time position and returns a bitmap with the same aspect ratio as the source frame, but scaled to fit into a rectangle of given width and height.

13) WallpaperColors API — Adds support for managing wallpaper colors. This feature lets you create a WallpaperColors object from a bitmap, a draw-able, or by using the first three most visually.

You can read more about the update at Android.Com Here.

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