After two developer previews, the official version of Android 8.1 Oreo is coming to Pixel and Nexus devices. Users can get the OTA files and system images for manual installation, but phones running Android 8.0 should receive an update notification over the air from Google. The update will be minimal for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners, but users with older Google smartphones will notice some changes.
Android Oreo 8.1 will bring the Pixel 2 user experience to devices like the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and first-generation Google Pixel. A few features included are a Google Search bar below the dock, light and dark themes that activate based on the user's wallpaper, an at a Glance widget for weather and calendar information, transparent Quick Settings menu, and an Oreo easter egg. All of the patches found in the latest December 5, 2017, security update are present in this update also. On the Pixel 2 specifically, Google's Pixel Visual Core will be accessible to developers.
This OTA update coincides with the release of Oreo for Android Go hardware. Users looking to install 8.1 Oreo on their device manually can download and install the system images here.
The update size for the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are 40.6MB and 42.9MB respectively. This OTA will bring your device back to a stable channel without the need to flash back to Android 8.0 first.
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