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Android 8.1 released to developers—Here’s what’s new

by Brandon Russell | October 25, 2017October 25, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

Google on Wednesday released the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, which is designed to enable the company’s Pixel Visual Core. The software is available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.

In addition to unlocking the Pixel Visual Core, Android 8.1 includes tweaks to how notifications work. Google says from now on, apps can only make a notification alert sound once per second; alert sounds that exceed this rate aren’t queued and are lost.

The update also includes a Neural Networks APY (NNAPI), providing apps with hardware acceleration for on-device machine learning.

If you want to enroll in the Android Beta program or manually flash the latest update, check out this link here. Since this is the first developer preview of Android 8.1, it will probably be a while before the final version is ready for public consumption.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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