Android 8.1 is coming to Pixel 2, Pixel and Nexus devices in December

Most Google-powered phones don’t even have Android 8.0 yet, but if you have a Pixel or recent Nexus device you’ll be getting Android 8.1 in December.

An exact launch day hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s coming to the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.

That follows a final developer preview which is available now, and which if you’re enrolled in the Android Beta Program you should get in the next few days.

Android 8.1 is designed to improve performance on Android Go devices and adds a new Neural Networks API to accelerate on-device machine intelligence, as well as featuring other smaller enhancements.

HDR upgrades

The latest beta build meanwhile includes optimizations, bug fixes and security patch updates, but perhaps most interestingly it enables Pixel Visual Core on Pixel 2 handsets.

We’ve reported on this before and it should improve speed and battery efficiency when shooting HDR photos.

If you’re not using a Pixel or Nexus handset then you might have a while to wait for Android 8.1, or even the original version of Android Oreo, but most recent flagships should get it sooner or later.

Via Android Developers Blog

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to, and and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.