Google released Android Ore0 8.1 in December 5, 2017, in less than 4 months after the release of Android Oreo (8.0).
There are a couple of new features and enhancements (as well as bug fixes) in Android Oreo 8.1, compared to Android Oreo 8.0.
This Android Oreo guide will show you the new features in Android Oreo 8.1. For new features in Android Oreo 8.0, please check this post.
Android Ore0 8.1 new features: #1. Neural Networks API
With Android Oreo 8.1 update, Android API level climbs to 27 with considerable changes for developers, especially in machine learning.
Neural network processing, which provided a much faster computation than with general-use CPU alone, is one of the most prominent features in Android Ore0 8.1.
Neural Networks API provides a base layer of functionality for higher-level machine learning frameworks. It can be called by machine learning libraries, frameworks, or relevant tools so that developers can train their models off-device and deploy them on Android devices.
With Android Neural Networks API, apps can run computationally intensive operations on mobile phones and to support on-device inferencing including classifying images, predicting user’s behaviour and selecting appropriate responses to search query.
Because inferencing is on-device, all your data are kept on the phone. So, it is unnecessary to worry about the privacy issues.
Android Ore0 8.1 new features: #2. Android Oreo (Go edition)
Android Go is a smaller and lightweight version of Android targeted for more entry-level smartphones. It will complement Android One, which targets for middle range devices with pure Android experiences.
Android Oreo (Go edition) is the first release of Android Go. Some Android Go devices will be available in the market in 2018.
Compared to stock Android, Android Go is optimized for smartphones with lower specs:
- Memory optimizations: memory usage is improved to ensure that apps can still run efficiently on devices with 1GB or less RAM.
- Optimised Google Apps: Google apps are redesigned for lighter updates and optimised to ensure they use less memory, storage space and mobile data. This allows them to create more space and at the same time improving the phone’s performance.
- Google Play: All apps will still be available on devices running on Android Go. But Google Play in Android Go would highlight apps that are specifically optimised for Android Go.
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