Android Oreo 8.1 Slated to Launch Today

In part of a broader announcement regarding Android Oreo Go Edition, Google has announced that Android Oreo 8.1 will be available to eligible Pixel and Nexus devices starting later today.  The update is the first maintenance release for Oreo and brings several refinements to the platform.  Oreo 8.1 has been in beta testing since October and Google had committed to getting it out to the general public before the end of 2017.

Along with a handful of refinements, Oreo 8.1 brings enables the Pixel 2’s Pixel Visual Core, Google visual co-processor, an updated API set (API Level 27) and several minor tweaks to help prevent screen burn-in and other fixes.

If you are a part of the Android Beta program, you likely will be the first to receive the update on your Pixel, Pixel 2, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P.  Others who are not in the beta will get it later but everyone should have it over the course of the next few days.

Remember that if you are in the beta program, once you receive the update, you can opt out of the Beta program if you want to remain in the stable channel.

The announcement came as part of the Oreo 8.1 Go Edition announcement which brings the latest version of Android to low memory devices.