Google releases Android 8.1 Oreo (MR1) to the public

Surprise! Just one week after releasing the second Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview, Google has gone ahead with the public release of the software, as promised back in October. The version is the first maintenance of Android 8.0 (Google’s major overhaul) to roll out publicly, and it’s arriving with Android Oreo ‘Go Edition.’ Here’s everything you need to know about it.

In what was a quick turnaround after the second beta, which must have been cleared of most bugs, Google’s Android 8.1 software is ready for the prime time. The company kept to its promise by releasing the update before the conclusion of 2017.

After two developer previews, Google is now pushing Android 8.1 to some of its devices, meaning that others should theoretically get it soon after. Hopefully, due to the preview builds, manufacturers and developers have their updates already somewhat prepared. Whether there will be a second maintenance release (Android 8.1.1 or Android 8.2) remains to be heard, but we’d say the odds are favorable considering Android P is still a good distance away.

In an interesting turn of events, stable Android 8.1 and the latest security patches for the month for December are rolling out together. At first, we saw the update only included patches, but we were later informed that the security patch update, which is a bit large in size, entails the stable release of Android 8.1 for Pixel and compatible Nexus handsets.

The factory image files and OTA zip files have now been posted for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. Flashing is the quickest update option, but removes any and all files stored on your device.

Since some manufacturers have already launched devices running Android 8.0 pre-loaded and updated some of their older devices to Android 8.0, it should only be a matter of time before they release their versions of Google’s upgraded Oreo software, which may or may not upgrade you straight from Nougat. Links are below.

[Factory image downloads] [OTA.zip download links]

The over-the-air update has now started rolling out to compatible device owners. So far, we’ve received word that many enrolled in the Android Beta Program for Oreo are getting the update. This will be your exit ticket from the beta track, and you will not lose any files stored on your device. As for those not part of the beta program, the update should arrive soon as well. The Verizon Pixels should also begin to see the update.

At this point, you’re probably wondering, what’s new in Android 8.1? Well…new in just about every Android update are bug fixes and stability improvements, but that’s not the exciting part, new features are, and there are a bunch. Now that this is an official release, everything should work properly.

If you’re aware of the new features introduced in beta one, most else is the same. If you’re new to the update, know that this brings touches throughout the interface and many beneath the hood changes allowing one’s device to perform at optimum efficiency (battery, performance, etc.). Some of the major ones include: changes to notification sounds, new Oreo cookie Easter egg, automatically changing light and dark themes, a search bar in settings, Bluetooth device battery levels, new fonts, a redesigned power menu, and revised emojis. The update is 100% safe to install.

If you ever start wondering about when your device will be updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, drop by Droid Updates, which includes all the updates across the industry and runs weekly (see here).

If you have the update, let us know how you’re liking it down in the comments. And as always, stay tuned to Droid Turf for more in-depth coverage of the Android Ecosystem.

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and useful features. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.