+ Thursday May 23rd, 2019

Not long after the Pixel 2 range was announced, Google announced the Android 8.1 developer preview, and we’re almost at a final release today with the release of Developer Preview 2. Google says “Near-final system images for final testing” are available today for the latest Pixel and Nexus devices and come ahead of next month’s public launch.

Android 8.1 Oreo and API level 27 brings new features for developers, including a Neural networks API that allows for hardware acceleration of on-device machine learning. For Pixel 2 owners, DP2 specifically activates the Pixel Visual Core which was absent for last month’s preview. This version also features the November security patch.

There are also some other changes around wallpapers and safe browsing actions, a shared memory API and Android Wear gets some more, too. If you have a compatible device enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you’ll receive an update notification soon. If you’re too impatient to wait, here’s a list of the factory images and our guide on how to flash them:

 

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Daniel Orchard (danielsoar)
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Nm i just had to be a bit more patient. Feels more stable already although im still having issues with the fingerprint scanner. May go back to 8.0 just to check its not a software thing before i think about an rma

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Anyone know if it includes the battery percentage on AOD?

Daniel Orchard (danielsoar)
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Why doesn’t the check for update version give it to me? Wasnt that supposed to be fixed? ?

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