Software giant, Google didn’t even give us enough time to digest the 8.0 Oreo operating system, as they just released the Android 8.1 developer preview. The preview is only accessible if you are using a Nexus or Pixel phone. This is just a preview, the official system update release should be in December.
The Android 8.1 Oreo operating system is mainly about system improvements and little visual changes. According to screenshots of the preview, we can already spot new features that will affect users. Although there aren’t many major changes, as the 8.1 update was developed to fix bugs and overall improvements mostly on the 8.0 operating system. But nevertheless, there are some captivating new features on the 8.1 that Android users could fall in love with.
Check out the 10 new captivating features the Android 8.1 Oreo offers
1. Automatic black and white themes
Just like on the new Google Pixel smartphones, Android 8.1 also has the same automatic black and white themes feature. This is a really cool feature: Whenever you activate a black wallpaper, the app drawer will instantly adjust and get dark, and when you activate a colourful wallpaper, the app drawer will also change to a lighter shade.
2. Search bar on top in settings
There’s now a search bar on top of the settings menu with the Android 8.1, giving users quicker access to device settings. You can just type what you want to change and voila!
3. Bluetooth battery level
The all new Android 8.1 now displays the battery levels of Bluetooth-connected devices by default, just right beside the Bluetooth icon. This might not be that captivating, but it will definitely help those who use Bluetooth accessories like a smartwatch, Bluetooth headset and the new Pixel Buds.
4. Dimming navigation bar automatically
The navigation bar at the bottom of phones with three buttons usually has a bright look, so you can easily navigate around. But the new Android 8.1 operating system automatically dims it, so you can focus on the display than on the bright buttons.
5. New Google Sans font
The new Google font on the operating system is very easy to read and not distracting. I love the new font.
6. Redesigned power menu
The power and reboot menu, when you hold the power button now gets a new cool look on Android 8.1.
7. Different Oreo icon for system notifications
The Android 8.1 comes with a new cute Oreo icon which will be replacing the old one.
8. Oreo easter egg
9. Apps can now make a notification alert sound just once per second
When you turn off data or WiFi for some time and later turn it on, you usually get bombarded with notifications right? And the sounds can be really annoying. Well with the new Android 8.1, all notification alert sounds will be limited to only one per second. Sounds cool right?
10. No sRGB option in settings
The sRGB colour settings have been completely removed, or should I say disappeared from the settings, in the new Android 8.1 developer preview.
What are your thoughts on the Android 8.1 Oreo?