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.
After a long wait, Android 8.1 Oreo, Google has finally done the right thing. We’re talking about fixing its burger emoji illustration so that the cheese is on top of the patty, like it should be. Granted, that may seem like a very small thing to worry about, but people were so salty over the mis-drawing that Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised to “drop everything and address” it this past October 28th.
The change comes along with a few other emoji fixes in the public release of Android Oreo 8.1, which is available now. Android 8.1 also adds a new beer emoji, which no longer sees frothing foam inexplicably remain at the top of the mug after half the beer has been downed.
The emoji looked like in 8.0:
The much-improved new emoji in 8.1:
“We’re excited to announce that this software experience—Android Oreo (Go edition)—is ready, and launching as a part of the Android 8.1 release tomorrow,” Google said.
But Android users who own a Pixel or Nexus device are probably a lot more interested in the final Android 8.1 release that should be available on your device in the coming days.
Aside from emergency emoji fixes, Android 8.1 Oreo brings over a fix for the Pixel 2 and Nexus 5X audio problems, a new color menu in the Display settings for the Pixel 2 phones.
Android 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.