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Android 8.1 now available to Pixel and Nexus users

by Brandon Russell | December 5, 2017December 5, 2017 12:00 pm EST

Google on Tuesday released Android 8.1—in addition to a Go edition—which is available for Pixel and Nexus devices. The newest software from Google introduces a number of notable changes, the biggest of which is wider accessibility to the Pixel Visual Core, which promises to make the Pixel 2’s camera even better.

Pixel and Nexus users won’t notice a ton of new changes, as many of the changes are taking place under the hood. For example, Android 8.1 now includes a Neural Networks API, “a hardware accelerated machine learning runtime to support ML capabilities in your apps.”

Older Pixel devices will also notice a few visual tweaks. Some of the launcher changes that arrived with the Pixel 2 are now coming to older Pixel handsets, including the bottom search bar and Google’s neat At A Glance widget.

The software should also address several bugs that have cropped up since the Pixel 2 launched, including touch responsiveness issues, audio recording bugs, and more.

You can read more about what’s new in Android 8.1 at the source link below. The software is available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.


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