Google rolls out the developer preview of Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus and Pixel devices

Android is the most popular mobile operating system that powers millions of smartphone units. Google has been working pretty hard to improve its own operating system in an attempt to compete directly with Apple iOS.

Google regularly rolls out new Android updates that aim to add up to a better user experience. This year, Google announced Oreo, the latest version of Android mobile operating system, with a lot of changes and features that encourage users to upgrade.

Android Oreo was officially released to the public in August and received mostly positive reviews, with most critics praising its exciting features and changes. Google today rolled out the developer preview of Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus and Pixel devices for testing purposes.

Android 8.1 Oreo brings with several features and important improvements. However, the biggest change lies in the set of Pixel Visual Core for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. For those who may not know, the Pixel Visual Core is the new chip specifically designed for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. What it does is to compile HDR+ pictures up to 5 times faster while consuming 1/10th the power.

With the update, Google also made some changes to the way notifications work on Android-based smartphones. According to Google, Android apps are now limited to one notification alert sound per second. The new update also focuses on under-the-hood improvements. Android now includes support for managing wallpaper colors. The coolest part is that apps are well designed for low-RAM devices. This is a long-awaited feature on Android, as apps are getting heavier and heavier, putting a lot of pressure on low-end devices.

According to Google, the new software update will hit select Nexus and Pixel devices. It remains unknown if Google will be rolling out the update to other phones. The list of supported devices includes Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL.

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