Google has posted the second developer preview of Android 8.1. This recover brings a “near final” build of Android 8.1 to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the Pixel 1 and 1 XL, the Pixel C tablet, and the Nexus 6P and 5X.
The first Android 8.1 Preview, which launched last month, was a bit of a mess. Google’s incremental refurbish files didn’t work, so the company had to take them down. The full complement images couldn’t be flashed on the Pixel 2 for a few days due to wanting a new chronicle of the Android Developer Tools that wasn’t nonetheless posted. When we did get the files finally flashed, we found out that the title feature—enabling Google’s tradition SoC, the Pixel Visual Core—didn’t actually work. After a bit of a back-and-forth with Google, the company reliable that the Visual Core would be enabled in the second preview.
Barring any variable hiccups, this second preview should finally capacitate the Pixel Visual Core. The tradition Google-designed SoC has been asleep in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The eight core chip will presumably accelerate Google’s HDR estimate and capacitate hardware acceleration for other appurtenance training tasks. Google apparently envisions all Android phones having special hardware like this, given the Visual Core is the first doing of Android 8.1′s new “Neural Networks API” (NNAPI). The new API allows app developers to write code for special neural net co-processors like the Pixel Visual Core (and to yield a program backup for phones but the special hardware).
Other than enabling the Pixel Visual Core, Google doesn’t yield a lot of sum about this release. The first preview brought a few teenager UI tweaks, Bluetooth battery levels, and the beginnings of an “SMS Connect” underline for Chromebooks. We’ll get Preview 2 commissioned and check back if we find anything interesting. This is the last preview build of Android 8.1, and the final recover will be someday in December.