Google Announces Android 8.1 Preview With Neural Networks API

Posted By Vidushi Vij | 27-Oct-2017

Android 8.1 oreo

Google unveiled the Android Oreo 8.1 developer preview which includes lot of new enhancements like:


Android Go memory optimisation: This feature Includes memory optimizations for Android Go configurations for devices running less than 1GB of RAM.

Autofill enhancements: Google wanted to make everything more user-friendly for that they took a step to make the password management and Autofill services easier.

Shared memory API: A new API that lets apps to allocate shared memory to access common data faster.

Neural Networks API: The spotlight is on the new. The update has brought up with the Neural network API idea to bring machine learning to the phone. It enables hardware accelerated inference operation on the devices that support the new version. 


The preview will be compatible with the few devices which like Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel and Pixel C. You can even download it or flash to your device through Android emulator. The update also includes Android Go optimization along with the Neural network API. Few months after the release of Android 8.0 Oreo, the company launched the new update by taking the users feedback into consideration to bring new changes.




Also Read: Android Oreo Features to be excited about



As the early version was not downloaded by many users so the company had to come up with some really exciting features. The previous version was downloaded by only 0.2% of users which is very less. The Neural Network API was designed as a foundation layer for Caffe2, TensorFlow Lite framework. For developers the all-new Android 8.1 is available but for common users, it will be available in December. Along with this, the Google has launched Android Studio 3.0 that supports Kotlin programming language and support Android things. This new version can be downloaded directly from the site and is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. 


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