Android 8.1 is the next version of the OS, Google app reveals


Android 8.0 Oreo has only been out for a couple of weeks at this point, and hasn’t actually made it to every single supported Nexus and Pixel device out there yet. Not to mention how long it’s going to take for it to land on any other phone or tablet.


Even so, maybe you’d like to know what the next version of the OS will be? It’s Android 8.1, by the way. This has been revealed by a teardown of the latest iteration of the beta Google app. The SDK used internally by the company to build said app outright says so.

As for the name, it makes most sense for Google to keep using Oreo – it would be a shame to switch from such a well recognized brand so soon, and it’s also how it did things last year with 7.0 and 7.1 both being Nougat. If you’re wondering when 8.1 will hit, remember that in 2016 Android 7.1 debuted with the Pixels only a couple of months or so after 7.0 updates started going out. So we assume that this year the second-gen Pixels will be the first devices to launch running Android 8.1, when they land in October.


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