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Android 8.1 Released For Nexus and Pixel Phones



Google has released Alpha Preview Android 8.0 on 8th June 2017 and publicly available on 21st August 2017 with it's stable release on Google devices. Now within 2 months Google started rolling out it's new version 8.1 for eligible nexus and pixel devices. If you are tech savvy and onto something new get ready.

Google now allowing you to download Android 8.1 Developer Preview build on eligible devices. Google made updates available to the compatible devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.



Users who are interested and have eligible phones can get access to the latest sweetness from Google. Also this update is in the Developer Preview so users be aware to experience some glitches. All eligible users can get access to this update via enrolling their device in automatic OTA system updates through the android beta program, it will allow regular over the air updates to directly pop up 8.1 updates to your devices  allowing you to download a Developer Preview System Image of Android 8.1 flashing onto the device. One thing is OTA updates are not provided automatically if you flash your update manually in the device.

Android 8.1 Developer Preview has tons of changes. The latest 8.1 will now allow apps to give sound notification only one time, apps exceeding this time will not be queued and are lost.Google says this change will not affect other aspects of notifications behaviour and notification messages will  still post as expected. Setting page will be getting a refresh and have coloured navigation bar that dims when scrolled towards bottom. Android police points out that dimming the buttons in all apps not only settings. Other change is  icon for Android System notifications which normally notifies updates on the device.



One of the major upgrade is Bluetooth setting which has now the ability to show battery level in quick settings which means one can view connected Bluetooth accessory battery level from the quick settings toggle menu. Android police adds that this feature is already available on Pixel 2. The Android Oreo 8.1 Developer Preview will also introduce you to an all new search bar on top of the settings page so that you can search what you are looking for, this feature was previously limited to only the new pixel devices. The Android 8.1 also most likely removes sRGB toggle from the devices which was listed in developer options. Android Oreo 8.1 also likely removed the feature called Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep which was available under WI-Fi settings page. Other minor changes introduced with Android 8.1 includes an all new Oreo Easter egg and the automatic light and dark themes have been removed from the new developer build. Android Police also stated that a new power menu design menu on the 8.1 Developer Preview which comes with a bug reporting button.

These are all the changes we know till far about the Googles Latest Android Oreo 8.1 Developer Preview build. If you want to experience some new features and have eligible devices we would definitely recommend everyone to try this update from Google. 
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