Google has announced that in the coming weeks, the Android 8.1 Oreo update will be rolled in select devices. The company had yesterday sent out press releases containing the details about the new SoC which is called Pixel Visual Core. This is Google’s first in-house SoC for smartphones which is available in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices but is not enabled yet. However, the company announced that once the Android 8.1 update is rolled out then the developer options for the new SoC will also be enabled.
Google has designated this update as MR1 in the launch event. There is not much information available about Google’s Android 8.1 update but one can say that the update will be available in Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices. Besides the news of enabling Pixel Visual core in the new Pixel devices, there is not much information on what the original Pixels will be receiving. In 2016, the company had announced the Android 7.1 Nougat update along with Pixel and Pixel XL devices. The Android 7.0 update was released in August while the Android 7.1 was released in October. This year, Google released the Android 8.0 Oreo update in August like last year released Android 7.0 update, but with the Android Oreo 8.1 update, Google is doing things differently this time.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices will be arriving on October 19. However, a fixed date for Android 8.1 release is unconfirmed. The Pixel and Pixel XL users who don’t want to wait for the Android 8.1 developer Preview can still get an experience of the Android 8.1 update with the Pixel 2 launcher. Once the Developer Preview goes live then you can enrol in it by logging onto android.com/beta. If you have already enrolled in it, you may have to again re-enrol the device in order to get the new Developer Preview.