Android 8.1 rolls out with Neural Networks API and new burger emoji

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Meanwhile, following last week's final developer preview, it's more than likely that tomorrow's release will also coincide with the launch of Android 8.1.

Google, after no doubt seeing the staggering sales figures, chose to take a slightly different approach last month when it released it introduced its brand new flagships, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, to the fastest growing smartphone market in the world. Mi A1 will also be getting the Android Oreo update very soon.

Android 8.1 isn't a huge update, but it does enable the Pixel Visual Core on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which is a co-processor that improves the speed of taking HDR photos, as well as making them less of a drain on your phone's battery. It'll support machine learning capabilities in apps. The 8.1 update brings the new Google Search bar at the bottom of the homescreen, just above the navigation bar, where it can be reached easily.

Elsewhere, Android 8.1 brings with it updates to autofill, with Google making it easier for password managers and similar services to use the Autofill framework, and a new shared memory API that lets apps allocate shared memory for faster access to common data.

Those on low-end devices will likely feel the benefit of Android 8.1 Oreo too, as Google has crafted a stripped-back version of the OS aimed at devices with less than 1GB of RAM.

Starting tomorrow, consumers can pick up the 64 GB model Pixel 2 for just ₹39,999 ($620), which represents a whopping discount of ₹21,001 ($326).

We knew Android 8.1 was coming in December, but now we know the exact date, and it's set for December 6.

It is also adding some burn-in mitigation to the system bar section.

Android 8.1 is an incremental maintenance release of Android Oreo.

The dedicated bulletin for Google's phones and tablets lists 48 additional fixes, though no functional updates are mentioned. This became a major topic of discussion, and Google CEO - Sundar Pichai promised to fix the issue - and Google does live up to his words.

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