Android 8.1 Oreo
Google’s confirmed the next version of Android Oreo and Android 8.1 will land for Pixel devices and select Nexus devices later this year.
The first update to Google’s Android Oreo operating system is in the works. Android 8.1 Oreo missed the company’s Pixel 2 launch event, but the company’s confirmed some of the update’s changes, an Android 8.1 Developer Preview, and the Android 8.1 release window for Nexus and Pixel devices.
Android 8.1 is working out nicely, but we’ve only used it for a few hours. If you’re feeling leery, you probably should wait for long term feedback or, in some cases, for Google to roll out the final version of the Nexus 5X’s Android 8.1 update.
Now that Android 8.1 is confirmed we want to take you through a few things you need to know, right now, about Google’s first major Android Oreo update.
Android 8.1: Public beta supported devices
In the initial phases Google is offering Android 8.1 for:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Pixel C
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
Here’s how to get started:
- Visit android.com/beta to sign-up to the Android Beta Program.
- Sign into your Google account when prompted.
- Your eligible devices will be listed on the next page, click to enrol in the Beta Program.
- Updates will arrive over the air direct to your device.
Users that plan to install the Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview should keep in mind that the developer preview is an unstable update and is subject to bugs. Users should back up their device before attempting to flash the update.
The timeline for the final Android 8.1 release is shorter than usual. There will only be two preview releases. Google is calling this first release a “beta” with “final APIs,” and preview 2 will launch sometime in November and offer “near-final system images for final testing.” The final release will come some time during or after December.