Google Releases Second Developer Preview of Android 8.1 Oreo

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The chip is present on all new Pixel devices, but was not active until now since Android 8.0 Oreo did not support it.

These new images come in at build number OPP6.171019.012 and are compatible with the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. Watch for announcements soon.

As we reach the final days of November, Google has blessed us with the latest Android 8.1 developer preview.

Developers can use the images for compatibility testing using new Android 8.1 features like Neural Networks API and others. Once enabled, apps using Android Camera API can capture HDR+ shots through Pixel Visual Core, the blog said.

Neural Network API fixes: These new fixes will help the device in having much better and newer neural network APIs. The Android 8.1 Oreo update changes that as of today, and devs can start tinkering with the feature for their camera apps.

Factory images are available for download at the links below, though OTA files have not been released yet. Last but not least, it looks like Google is preparing the stable version of Android 8.1 Oreo for a December launch, so Pixel and Nexus users won't have to wait too long for the update. If you are already on the first developer preview of 8.1 Oreo, you should receive the update to second developer preview soon.

Sadly, not all of the Pixel 2's surprises have been the good sort since Google's latest flagship launched. Visual Core is one of the more pleasant ones, though - a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that's just been hanging out in the phone not really doing much of anything.

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