Google posts OTA and factory images for Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview

One of the joys of owning a Nexus or Pixel device is being able to update to the latest version of Android, and a bonus is that Google even provides preview builds of upcoming Android versions. Google formally announced Android 8.1 Oreo yesterday and launched a developer preview for a bunch of devices. 

If you are already running on the beta program, Google will send out an OTA update in the near future. If you just can’t wait, you can also download the OTA files to sideload to the following devices:

Google said it envisages that Android 8.1 Oreo will be really for public release sometime in December. As with all updates, especially manually flashed ones, it’s advisable to back up your data. Flashing the OTA files shouldn’t wipe your device, but sometimes things go wrong so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Notable features of the Android 8.1 Developer Preview includes improved targeting for low-RAM devices, notification tweaks that limits an apps ability to make an alert sound to once-per-second. Autofill framework updates. EditText updates, Video thumbnail extractor, fingerprint updates, new API’s for shared memory and wallpaper Colors.

Let us know in the comments how you find the Android 8.1 Developer Preview.

Download links:  Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview Images, Developer Preview OTA files

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).