Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is available now for Pixel, Nexus devices

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Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is available now for Pixel, Nexus devices

Google on Monday started rolling out Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices. The eight-core chip is meant to speed up the grunt work involved with the software side of photography, such as fantastic HDR+ processing on the Pixel 2, as well as other AI-powered tasks.

If you own a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or Pixel C tablet, you can test drive Android 8.1 Oreo by flashing one of these images.

The chip is present on all new Pixel devices, but was not active until now since Android 8.0 Oreo did not support it.

Search engine giant Google has released the final preview build of Android 8.1, a small update to Android Oreo, which is due next month for official launch to consumers. This particular update includes optimizations for Android Go (for devices with 1GB or less of memory), as well as a Neural Networks API that's meant to accelerate on-device machine intelligence.

Google confirmed a few more important new features will be made available along with Android 8.1, but the update will be available to Pixel and Nexus devices only, and probably for quite a long time. This issue has been resolved in Developer Preview 2. However, you can also flash your Pixel or Nexus device manually by installing a compatible factory image.

Factory images are available for download at the links below, though OTA files have not been released yet.

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