Android Oreo 8.1 developer preview announced by Google (Download)

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have great cameras however. Hollis Johnson  Business Insider

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have great cameras however. Hollis Johnson Business Insider

While it's possible that the schedule will differ from that, it's likely to be at least roughly along those lines, since new updates are released yearly and Android Oreo landed in August 2017. The source referred to all the three devices as "Pixel".

When Apple first removed the 3.5mm headphone jack, Google was one of its harshest critics.

Competing in the race of making best smartphones, both tech giants Google and Apple unveiled their flagship smartphones Pixel 2 and iPhone X, respectively, a few weeks ago. The Pixel 2 packs a 2700mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL gets a larger 3520mAh battery pack.

Citing excellent video performance, great colour and scene reproduction, incredibly fast and accurate autofocus the camera testing outfit DxOMark gave the Pixel 2 an aggregate score of 98, beating both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8, which were tied at 94. Speaking about the new Pixel devices, it was a bad week for them, as users complain about screen burn in its first week itself, and the weak build quality reports that came out this week.

Some users may also be put off by the new iPhone's Face ID facial recognition software that replaces the touchscreen entry system. This sounds a lot like it will use the "Pixel Visual Core", the extra Google-designed SoC present in the Pixel 2-which we were told would be enabled with Android 8.1-but it's odd that Google doesn't mention it by name.

The buyback offer looks to make it easier for Pixel owners to upgrade to the the new Pixel 2 series. The top row of the homescreen now provides useful information about weather, traffic, your calendar "and of course, Google Assistant is still the star of the show", says Wired. The Mountain View company, soon after the global launch, had revealed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be also going on sale from over 1,000 offline stores in the country. The Pixel 2 starts at $649 and the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849. Apps typically do not use NNAPI directly; instead, NNAPI is meant to be called by machine learning libraries, frameworks, and tools that let developers train their models and deploy them on Android devices.

While the Neural Networks API focuses on putting more work on the user's device, Google is also introducing some optimizations for Android Go in 8.1 that should help developers target users of the lightweight version of Android for more basic smartphones that Google announced at I/O this past May.

Several more beta versions are likely to follow, ending with a final, finished release in August 2018. As per DxOMark, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the highest rated camera in a phone with a score of 98.

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