Android 8.1 Oreo will be rolling out to users starting today, December 5. Google is keeping its promise to release Android 8.1 to the public by the end of the year.
Android 8.1 Oreo was first launched as a developer preview on October 25. The second developer preview landed just a week ago, and was mostly a stability update containing bug fixes and optimizations.
Android Oreo 8.1 is rolling out today depending on where you are in the world, and comes alongside the new lightweight “Go” edition that manufacturers can choose to install on low-spec phones.
Aside from emergency emoji fixes, 8.1 enables support for the Visual Core image processing chip found in the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, letting third-party developers access the camera’s impressive HDR+ feature. Android 8.1 will roll out to the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X, no side-loading or beta access required.