Google has officially announced the Android 8.1 Oreo stable version. It was under developer preview for quite some time now. The confirmation regarding the release was made alongside the unveiling of Android Oreo (Go edition). With this, Google has fulfilled the promise of releasing the stable version before the end of this year.
Android 8.1 Oreo primarily brings improvements to its predecessor Android 8.0. The major change included in the version is that it enables the Pixel Visual Core image processing chip for developers. It means developers can now start updating their existing apps or working on new apps which make most of the chipset for offering better photos. It also includes ‘fixed’ emoji for Burger and Beer.
Google will be releasing Android 8.1 Oreo for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C. The update rollout will start today but the exact time is unknown. It means you should keep an eye on update notification which should pop-up at any time from now.
As for non-Pixel or Nexus device users, you will have to wait until your respective OEM decides to work on the latest Android version and release it to your particular device.