Google is all set to introduce Android 8.1.2 Oreo update for its flagship phone in the coming days. The phones that qualify for the update include Pixel, Pixel C, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus P along with of course the latest phones in the series, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This makes them an exclusive bunch given that most other Android devices are still awaiting the upgrade to Oreo.
Unfortunately, it isn’t yet known when exactly the update would be making it to the above mentioned device except that it is going to be available in December. The Developer Preview of the same is available though, and the update notification should reach your device in just days if you are part of the Android Beta Program.
As for its expected features, Android 8.1.2 will come with software optimizations and security updates along with the usual bug fixes. All of these should make the device more stable and safe along with improvement in battery performance as well.
However, the biggest feature addition with the latest update is going to be the codes that enable Pixel Visual Core processor, a dedicated image processing chip that the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones come with. Once enabled, the Pixel Visual Core will allow for better quality photos.
What also makes the Pixel Visual Core special is that it has been singularly designed with the sole aim of enhancing image captures with the new Pixel 2 handsets. Those have been developed in collaboration with Intel and rely on AI and machine learning algorithms to allow for better image capture using the device camera.
That is not all as Google is all too keen to include third party developers as well to make the most of all the benefits that the Pixel Visual Core comes to stand for. This will ensure the same high standards of images when shot via other apps as well.
Among the other additions included in the latest build of Android Oreo include the Neural networks API which boosts performance of the device to allow for on-device machine learning. Then there is the Shared Memory API as well which ensure smooth performance with even low-end devices having about a gig of memory.
All of these make for a lot of reasons to look forward to the upcoming Oreo update.