Android 8.1 Oreo Stories March 4, 2019

The Moto G4 is now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo

After a long 18-month wait, the Motorola Moto G4 is now finally getting the Android 8.1 Oreo update OTA. However, the caveat is that this update is only currently rolling out to users in Brazil at present.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories November 15, 2018

With major system upgrades landing each year, it feels as though most devices are farther behind than they’ve ever been. Despite the fact that Android Pie still has no presence on Google’s monthly distribution numbers, the company still expects Pie to hit more devices by the end of this year than Oreo saw last year. expand full story

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories September 28, 2018

Earlier this month, Google released Android distribution numbers for September only two weeks after reporting the August figures. Today, Google has posted revised stats for the month where Android 9 Pie is still notably absent.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories September 13, 2018

Just two weeks after last reporting figures, Google today posted the monthly Android distribution numbers. Given the time duration, the September statistics are unchanged, with Android 9 Pie still not present a month after launch. expand full story

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories August 31, 2018

Android 9 Pie absent from August distribution numbers

Over the past several months, Google has been rather inconsistent about updating the Android distribution numbers. Skipping June entirely, July’s were not reported at the typical start of the month. The company is now reporting the latest figures on the very last day of August.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories August 6, 2018

Android 9 Pie is rolling out for the Pixel and Pixel 2 today with the August security patch in tow. In addition to all the new features, there are the traditional monthly bug fixes and security updates. While older Nexus devices are no longer getting major updates, they are still slated for security patches until November.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories July 5, 2018

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core w/ Android Go confirmed to launch with Android 8.1 Oreo

After many rumors over the past few weeks, Samsung’s Android Go smartphone finally leaked earlier this week. Now, we’re getting confirmation of what software version it will launch with.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories July 2, 2018

While the Android P Beta is rather stable in our experience, most users should remain on Android 8.1 for a few more months. In the meantime, the July security patch is rolling out this morning with the perfunctory bug fixes and security updates for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories June 20, 2018

Android 8.1 Oreo now rolling out to Moto X4 unlocked and Prime Exclusive variants

Oreo’s rollout to the Android ecosystem has been abysmally slow, and when you look at the numbers for 8.1, things are even more bleak. This week, though, Motorola is delivering an update for Moto X4 users that delivers 8.1 to the handset.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories June 6, 2018

How to roll back to Oreo from the Android P Developer Preview

Have you installed the Android P Developer Preview and find it too unstable for your liking? Well, good news because you can go back to Oreo. Unfortunately, though, it will require you wiping your device. Here’s how.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories June 4, 2018

While Android P Developer Preview 2 is pretty stable in our experience, most users should stay on Android 8.1 while Google readies the next version of its mobile OS. In the meantime, the June security patch is rolling out today with the perfunctory bug fixes and security updates for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories May 7, 2018

Even as we near I/O 2018 and likely P Developer Preview 2, we are months away from a consumer release, with Android 8.1 still receiving monthly updates as particularly showcased by April’s Pixel-heavy update. The May patch is today rolling out with the perfunctory bug fixes and security updates for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories May 4, 2018

Android 8.1 Oreo rolling out to Moto X4 on Android One

One of the most underrated mid-range devices of last year was the Moto X4. With its Android One variant, the phone is essentially a Pixel in a different case. Now, that variant is finally picking up Android 8.1.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories April 2, 2018

For the past several months, Google has broken out functional updates specific to Pixel and older Nexus devices. April’s monthly security patch features a large number of updates from general performance to battery to Wi-Fi, with 56 in total spanning the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel 2.

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We still have several more months with Android 8.1 as Google’s latest stable operating system even after the P Developer Preview in early March. Today, the April security patch is rolling out with the perfunctory bug fixes and security updates for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories March 19, 2018

While Google’s Pixel 2 family currently has the spotlight, last year’s original Pixel devices aren’t out for the count just yet. Both devices have held up very well over time, but a new bug threatens some users…

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories March 5, 2018

While we all want a proper dark mode on Android, it doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon. However, Google did implement it in a limited capacity with Android 8.1 on the Google Pixel 2 family. That was tied to the color of the wallpaper, though, forcing users who want a dark theme to stick to a select few backgrounds for their homescreen. Thanks to a new app, though, it’s possible to get that dark theme with any wallpaper…

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Following the February security patch that introduced a number of fixes for the Pixel 2, the latest March update is now rolling out. This month’s patches are now rolling out with the perfunctory bug fixes and security updates for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories February 14, 2018

The Essential Phone had a lot of hype surrounding it. But at launch, there were several reasons it turned out disappointing. Now, after a failed Oreo upgrade, Essential is releasing the first beta for Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories February 5, 2018

Last month’s security patch quietly included mitigations for Meltdown and Spectre just before the CPU vulnerabilities were publicized. This month’s patches are now rolling out with the perfunctory bug fixes and security updates for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories January 22, 2018

Carrier-specific Pixel 2, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X Android 8.1 builds now rolling out

Last week, some Pixel 2 devices began receiving an unexpected Android 8.1 update that still featured the January security patch. Today, that carrier-specific build has been posted to Google Factory Images page, along with additional updates for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Google rolling out speed ratings for public Wi-Fi networks in Android 8.1

When Google announced Android 8.1 back in December, it showed off a feature that placed a speed label next to public Wi-Fi networks. Based on these labels, users would be able to decide if they wanted to connect to the open network. At long last, Google is officially rolling out this feature starting today…

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories January 18, 2018

Google Pixel 2 receiving new out-of-cycle Android 8.1 OTA update

There are some reports this afternoon of Pixel 2 devices running the latest January security patch receiving another OTA. Notably, this update has yet to be listed on Google’s Factory Images page and it’s not clear what’s been addressed.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories January 2, 2018

Following last month’s release of Android 8.1, the January security patch is today rolling out. It brings the perfunctory bug fixes after December’s addition of many Pixel 2 features to older devices, as well as burn-in protections.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories December 11, 2017

Google addresses Pixel C issue that reset tablets after Android 8.1 OTA

With Android 8.1 bringing features found on the Pixel 2 to older devices, the Pixel C has also gained some updates in the form of a revamped launcher. However, the OTA did not go smoothly for early users, with some finding their tablets wiped following installation.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories December 7, 2017

Android 8.1 OTA adds HD Voice Calling for Pixel 2 XL devices on AT&T

Besides addressing various bugs and issues, Android 8.1 adds a highly requested feature for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices on AT&T. This update, which is rolling out now, adds HD Voice Calling support for customers on the network.

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories December 5, 2017

Following last week’s release of the final developer preview, Android 8.1 is now officially available for current Pixel and Nexus devices. The latest version of Android brings some of the visual changes and features found on the Pixel 2 to the rest of Google’s lineup. Meanwhile, there are various bug fixes and changes for developers to take advantage of.

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At I/O 2017, Google announced Android Go — a version of the operating system optimized on multiple fronts for low-end hardware. Replacing an increasingly upscaled Android One, Android Oreo (Go edition) is launching today with Android 8.1. The first devices from partners will arrive in the coming months.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories December 4, 2017

Google released this month’s Android security bulletin today, but noted that the December images for Pixel and Nexus would be coming a day later. Meanwhile, following last week’s final developer preview, it’s more than likely that tomorrow’s release will also coincide with the launch of Android 8.1.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories November 29, 2017

Google Maps picks up a white navigation bar on Android 8.1

Android 8.1 brings a handful of nice tweaks to Oreo, but some of the best ones directly relate to issues with the Pixel 2 XL. One of those is the tweaked navigation bar which can now invert its colors and dim the buttons. Now, Google Maps has been updated to take advantage of that.

Android just keeps getting better and better on phones, but Android tablets are very much neglected. There haven’t been any meaningful improvements to Android on tablets in years, but Google hasn’t totally forgotten them. In the latest Android 8.1 preview, the Pixel C tablet has gotten just a bit of attention.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories November 28, 2017

How to enable the Pixel Visual Core’s HDR+ feature on Android 8.1

Shortly after the Pixel 2 was released, Google announced that its two new smartphones had a dedicated chip built-in that would be used to handle specialized processes like the camera app’s HDR+ image processing. Weirdly, though, Google didn’t turn on this Pixel Visual Core when it shipped its flagship devices. Now, with Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2, the Pixel Visual Core can be enabled. Here’s how…

After outcry earlier this year regarding Google’s emojis on Android, specifically around its version of a cheeseburger. Now, in the latest version of Android 8.1, Google has fixed a handful of emojis.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories November 27, 2017

As most know, the Pixel 2 and especially the Pixel 2 XL have been plagued with bugs and issues since being released back in October. Thankfully, Google isn’t ignoring customer complaints and has been working on fixes. According to several people running the second Developer Preview of Android 8.1, it appears that Google has rolled out a patch that addresses a weird microphone bug that created audio distortion when capturing video…

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The first release of Android 8.1 brought over a number of interface and behavior changes from the Pixel 2 to older Pixel and Nexus devices. Google released the second developer preview this morning and it’s currently installing on our devices. We’re compiling a list of all the changes and new functionality, so follow along.

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After entering Developer Preview as a beta last month, Google today announced the second release of Android 8.1. “Near-final system images for final testing” are available today for the latest Pixel and Nexus devices and come ahead of next month’s public launch.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories November 13, 2017

Android 8.1 has a few really handy changes, but one of the handiest isn’t live just yet. Spotted over the weekend, Google appears to be working on a new feature for Android that saves storage space by reducing the size of apps that aren’t active.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories November 10, 2017

Google has made a lot of moves in the past couple of years to improve Android’s battery consumption levels, but sometimes you’ll run into a rogue app that drains your battery faster than expected. Now, in Android 8.1, Google is going to call out apps that are hogging your battery.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories November 2, 2017

Following last week’s release of the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, new functionality is still being uncovered. Yesterday, one possible feature emerged, suggesting that Android was making a critical change to Factory Reset Protection. However, Google has confirmed to us that this is not the case and that a bug is to blame.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories October 29, 2017

How to stop new apps from being added to your home screen on Android Oreo

Android has long had a feature that automatically added shortcuts to the home screen after they were downloaded from the Google Play Store. As this could get annoying, the feature could be disabled within the Play Store’s settings menu. With Oreo, though, Google moved this setting out of the store itself and placed it into one of the operating system’s menus. Here’s how to turn this automatic feature off…

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories October 27, 2017

Android 8.1 has a bunch of new little features, but one of the more interesting to show up is actually something we’ve heard about before — the ability to enable SMS sync on your Chromebook. Now, that feature has been uncovered in the 8.1 developer preview.

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Android Oreo doesn’t add a lot of new features, but one of the more notable additions has been picture-in-picture mode. However, the rollout of that feature has been incredibly limited. Now, it’s finally expanding to Netflix.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories October 26, 2017

How to disable Android Oreo’s persistent ‘using battery’ notification

When Google first rolled out Android Oreo, a persistent notification came with it that displayed all of the apps that were running in the background. With the release of the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, this notification has now been renamed to “using battery” and allows users to disable it from always showing (even on 8.0). Here’s how to do just that…

Android 8.1 Oreo Stories October 25, 2017

After teasing last week, Google today launched the Android 8.1 Developer Preview. Available for Pixel and Nexus devices, this new version of Android features a number of under-the-hood changes. We’re compiling a list of all the changes and new functionality, so follow along.

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How to install the Android 8.1 Developer Preview onto your Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel C, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P

Google just announced the Developer Preview for Android 8.1 for a handful of Pixel and Nexus devices. This beta build can either be installed through the traditional flashing method or by OTA using the search giant’s Beta Program. Here’s how to install Android 8.1 using both methods…

As Google teased during the unveil of the Pixel Visual Core, Android 8.1 will be released in the coming weeks for Pixel and Nexus devices. Google today launched the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, with images now available, as well as through the Android Beta Program.

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Android 8.1 Oreo Stories May 20, 2017

How to enroll in the Android O Beta Program

At I/O 2017, Google announced that it would be rolling out the second Developer Preview build of Android O and along with it, the O Beta Program. Just like with Android Nougat’s Beta Program, you enroll in the program online and shortly after, Google will send an OTA update to your registered device. Here’s the how to enroll and unenroll in that program…

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