Yesterday Google announced the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo, along with the new Android Oreo (Go edition) software experience for entry-level devices. Today the company pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and started rolling out Android 8.1 on supported Pixel and Nexus devices (you might not see the update yet as it’s rolling out “over the next week”). Android 8.1 will arrive on Android Oreo (Go edition) devices “in the months ahead.”
Google launched the first Android 8.1 preview in October and the second preview in November. Google was always aiming to release a final public version in December, and it delivered right at the start of the month.
Android 8.1 includes the following new features:
- Android Go — A set of memory optimizations for configurations with 1GB or less of memory, flexible targeting options (hardware feature constants for targeting app distribution to normal or low-RAM devices through Google Play), optimized Google apps (use less memory, storage space, and mobile data), and Google Play visibility to apps specifically optimized using the building for billions guidelines.
- Neural Networks API — Enables fast and efficient inference for a range of key use cases, starting with vision-based object classification. The Neural Networks API is a foundational layer for ML frameworks like TensorFlow Lite as well as Caffe2 and others. TensorFlow Lite works with the Neural Networks API to run models like MobileNets, Inception v3, and Smart Reply.
- Autofill enhancements — Password managers and other Autofill services can now use the Autofill…