The five most striking novelties of Android Oreo 8.1

The arrival of Android Oreo 8.1 begins to take its first steps to make it official. Google has released the trial version, the first clarification, of this development that was expected to come with the new Pixel 2, but that ultimately was not the case. We tell you the options that we think are most striking that are included in this version of the operating system.

The evolutionary leap that occurs in Android Oreo 8.1 is not very big, although there are new possibilities that are interesting and can be helpful to users. Of course, it must be borne in mind that the known is a preliminary version, not final, so it is possible that some of the integrated options finally arrive in the final firmware – and, even, in the next evolutionary step, there are new added-.

The most important new features of Android Oreo 8.1

Among all the options that exist in the new version of the operating system of Google, five are those that we believe stand out above the rest. We offer you a list with a small explanation of each of them so you can know if Android Oreo 8.1 is really worth it (obviously, these go beyond the stability corrections and performance improvements):

  • News in the notifications: now everyone will enjoy the aspect of these that are enjoyed in the terminals of the Pixel range. Thus, from the messages (that advance when they are not continuously when they arrive in less than a second) to the animations when appearing the shutdown options are included in Android Oreo 8.1.
  • Adjustable themes: this will be between light and dark. Almost automatically the device with the new version of the operating system when you select a clear desktop background will use the associated menu system, while if you use a black one will do the opposite. This is due to the arrival of the new WallpaperColors API.
  • More transparent screens: the quick access screen, to give an example, now offers greater transparency as with Pixel devices, this makes us gain usability and the appearance is more striking. Aside, options such as the indication of a battery of associated Bluetooth devices are also included in Android Oreo 8.1, although it remains to be seen if it will be effective in all devices that get the new version.
  • Better management of RAM: this is almost a mantra with the arrival of a new version of Android, whatever it may be. It is because the use of this type of memory is not the best possible, so there are always options to improve it. In this case, it is sought that the execution of applications is more efficient, apart from freeing part of it by not being used -we will see if this is really effective-. The use of fingerprint readers is also updated and made more efficient.
  • Improvements in the design: the creation of windows and the appearance of these are optimized, without changing radically. What is appreciated are slight flashy details, such as some notification icons that have an image of an Oreo cookie. Also, the usual Easter egg in Google operating systems (which appears in About the Phone in the Settings) is different.
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How to get Android Oreo 8.1

If you want to download the version of and perform tests, you should know that the devices that are compatible are not very numerous. They are the following:

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel C

If you have any of them and try queries, go to the page for Android developers with this link and follow the steps to proceed with the download and subsequent installation -it may not be available at some moments-. A final detail: it is expected that the final version of Android Oreo 8.1 will be a reality in the month of December 2017.

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