Android 8.1 Oreo: all new features

Google has just released Android 8.1 developer preview and you can already grab the preview if you rock a Nexus or a Pixel phone, but do keep in mind that this is a preview and the official release is expected in December, so you might also encounter some issues.

With this in mind, the Android 8.1 files are available to sideload right now and we can already see a few new features that will affect users. There aren't many major changes, as this is an update that makes fixes and improvements mostly on the system level. Still, there are some interesting new features that users will see as well.

We round up the notable new Android 8.1 features right here, read on.

source: Android Police (images courtesy of Android Police)



1. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If they remove sRGB, I don't want it. That's been one of the saving graces of the Nexus 6P: being able to fix its overdone display. But I do want the dark theme back.

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Update: Installed 8.1 on the beta program. sRGB mode is hidden in developer options, but still active. So basically if you used it before, it's now permanent. And if you didn't, the option is no longer there. I used it, I still have it, I'm happy.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yes! Dark theme! Missing those since Kitkat {4.x} days.

3. Nopers unregistered

Dimming the nav bar? I wonder why they’re doing that.

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

To prevent burn-ins in AMOLED displays


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

This many years, and OLED burn-in is still a thing...

14. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Yes, shocker. An organic molecule will break down over time. Wow. I'm aghast. Appalled. Flabbergasted.

8. Mithira

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Might help for screen burning issue. (Long-term )

4. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

sRGB display mode is so essential, a small options that saves me from the world of over saturation.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The only way I'll excuse it is if they make sRGB standard and add an optional vivid colors mode (like on the Pixel 2).

10. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017


5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

WOW a revolutionary update.....LOLZZZZZZZ haa haaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

7. Tuga_Peter

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Why don't you speak about the revolutionary updates of apple? At least google is going in a good direction (software speaking) and implementing nice features.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

He probably thought of "revolutionary" update of vanilla Android, where third-party skins had many of its features ages ago

13. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Apple doesn't really update the iOS but sending out patches after patches instead.

15. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't know how but my honor 8 as well my brother's honor 6x already have #3

16. sirohunter

Posts: 209; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

What kinda of phones have the latest android versions available to download/update as soon as it comes out, other than google?

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