Google Android 8.1 spotted, might launch with Pixel 2: Report

Google's Search apps new beta version suggests that they might be working on Android 8.1 already

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Highlights

    • Google already working on Android 8.1
    • This new version of Android might launch with the alleged Google Pixel 2
    • Google might be working on a smart headphone as well

Google might soon be launching the successor to the Android 8.0 Oreo. Today, Google released a beta version of its Google app in which 9to5Google spotted a newer version of Android. The report states that in the code of the Google app v7.11 they spotted Android 8.1 version number. The report also stated that the code string shows that Android 8.1 will be assigned a new Software Development Kit (SDK) number. A new SDK number is only given when a lot of changes are made to the API. Below is the string that was spotted,

platformBuildVersionCode=”27″ platformBuildVersionName=”8.1.0″

Google launched Android 8.0 Oreo on August 21, which came with the build version code 26 of the SDK. As you can see above the build version code shown is 27. This makes us feel that Google might have pushed out an unreleased SDK version 27 to some of its developers already.

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The report also states that the app also has hints for a new icon for the Googe Lens feature which might be introduced with the alleged Pixel 2 smartphone. There are also hints towards small updates to the screenshot functionality, Bluetooth audio for automotive, and Bisto which is a smart headphone that the company has been rumoured to be working on.

Also Read: Android Oreo 8.0 OTA rollout for Google Pixel and Nexus begins

It is extremely likely that Google will still call Android 8.1 Oreo like it did with Android 7.1 Nougat. It is being expected that the company will be launching this newer version of Android along with its alleged Pixel 2 smartphone line-up.