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Google is pushing final 8.1 OTA updates to Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices on the beta

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Android 8.1 Oreo is final just a few weeks after the second developer preview rolled out. You can get the system images and OTA files for manual installation, and OTAs are hitting phones running 8.0. That's not all—devices in the developer preview that were running DP2 are also seeing an OTA update today.

So far, Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices are getting an OTA notification.

For the Pixel 2 XL, the OTA update clocks in at just 42.9MB.

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Google is pushing final 8.1 OTA updates to Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices on the beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 DP2 fixes poor audio Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL experienced when recording video

Friday, December 1st, 2017

One of the many issues the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been revealed to have is poor audio while recording video. While we're not sure if this affects all units, it definitely affected Artem's, and I've noticed the problem in some videos I've shot as well on my Pixel 2 XL. Google has confirmed that the problem has been resolved in the second 8.1 Oreo developer preview, and we've got video samples from before and after to prove it.

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Android 8.1 DP2 fixes poor audio Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL experienced when recording video was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google says that Pixel 2 random reboots may be fixed in Android 8.1 DP2

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Lately, we've been hearing reports of Pixel 2s and Pixel 2 XLs randomly rebooting. Having your phone restart itself multiple times throughout the day is obviously pretty infuriating, and many were dissatisfied when they heard that this would be fixed 'in the coming weeks.' However, the issue may have already been resolved in Android 8.1 Oreo's Developer Preview 2, according to a Google employee.

Here's the latest response to the issue on Google's Issue Tracker:

bd...@google.com <bd...@google.com> #38

We believe this issue is addressed in 8.1 which is now in preview and part of the public beta program.

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Google says that Pixel 2 random reboots may be fixed in Android 8.1 DP2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: DP2 corrects hamburger emoji, puts cheese above the patty

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Despite having served burgers with cheese below the patty at the Googleplex a few weeks ago, the company has fixed the hamburger emoji in Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2. A few other emojis have received mild overhauls as well.

Emojipedia, the emoji experts of the Internet, discovered these changes. The folks there created some great graphics depicting the changes. For the burger emoji, nothing aside from the cheese slice's relocation (and its shadow) has changed.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: DP2 corrects hamburger emoji, puts cheese above the patty was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: OTAs going out] Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Google dropped the first developer preview for Android 8.1 last month, and now it's time for an update. The second dev preview build is now available for download via system images on the developer site. This is your chance to be on the bleeding edge of Android, but as usual, running beta software comes with some risks.

There are two ways to get the second dev preview.

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[Update: OTAs going out] Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Google dropped the first developer preview for Android 8.1 last month, and now it's time for an update. The second dev preview build is now available for download via system images on the developer site. This is your chance to be on the bleeding edge of Android, but as usual, running beta software comes with some risks.

There are two ways to get the second dev preview. If you have an unlocked bootloader, you can grab the updated system images and flash them with ADB.

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Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hasn’t actually enabled Pixel Visual Core in 8.1 Oreo DP1, updates docs to say it’ll come in DP2

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

The Pixel Visual Core is one of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's selling points, and it was supposed to have been enabled in Android 8.1 Developer Preview 1. However, developers looking to try it out were unable to do so, eventually realizing that Google had neglected to enable it for the public preview. Now, the company has updated its documents to say that Visual Core will be able to be tried out in 8.1 Developer Preview 2.

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Google hasn't actually enabled Pixel Visual Core in 8.1 Oreo DP1, updates docs to say it'll come in DP2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Covering the proximity sensor no longer turns off ambient display

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The latest Android developer preview is filled with lots of incremental changes, many of which are thoughtful and useful. It wouldn’t be possible for Google to get everything right in a beta release, though, and this alteration seems to be more of a backward step.

Previously in Oreo, if you’d set ambient display to wake with a notification or with a double tap, it would shut off if the proximity sensor was covered.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Covering the proximity sensor no longer turns off ambient display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Problems installing the 8.1 Android Beta Program OTA should be resolved

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

In our post about Google pulling the Android 8.1 developer preview OTAs, many of you mentioned that you were also having trouble downloading the OTA from the Android Beta Program. Since the OTA downloads for sideloading had been pulled, that was the only way to move to  8.1 without an unlocked bootloader. Well, those problems should now be resolved.

In a post on the Google product forum related to the issue, earlier today a representative from Google let everyone experiencing the problem know that a new OTA should be rolling out now.

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Problems installing the 8.1 Android Beta Program OTA should be resolved was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google pulled the Pixel 2’s Android 8.1 developer preview factory images

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Looks like there are a few more hiccups to be found with Google's Android 8.1 developer preview. In addition to pulling all the OTA files, Google has also placed a hold on the developer preview factory image for the new Pixel 2, though images for other devices, such as the larger Pixel 2 XL, are still available. The explanation? A bootloader configuration issue. 

According to the release notes for the developer preview, a problem with the bootloader on the Pixel 2 prevents things from working quite as they should.

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Google pulled the Pixel 2's Android 8.1 developer preview factory images was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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