Android 8.1 is an update to Oreo that will offer optimisations and enhancements to the most recent release of Android. If you're enrolled in the Android beta program, you'll soon see the update arrive as an over-the-air update. For developers, this is an oppritniity to prepare for any changes that are coming. For corporates, it's a chance to ensure the apps you rely on will work when the update has devices. Here's what's coming.
The four main areas of change in Android 8.1 are:
- Android Go memory optimizations and targeting will help devices with less memory and the ability to target apps for distribution to low-memory devices.
- A Neural Networks API will enable hardware-accelerated inference operations on supported devices.
- Autofill enhancements will make it easier for password managers and other Autofill services. Support has been added for more UI customization allowing users to set credit card expiration using a spinner.
- A new Shared memory API lets apps allocate shared memory for faster access to common data.
There's more information at the Android 8.1 site.