Android 8.1 Oreo for Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play : Features and Release Date
Motorola brings Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play devices with pre-loaded Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and is going to start the rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo for these devices very soon. The next update after Android Oreo is Android 8.1 for Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play devices.
Google released the first developer preview of Android 8.1 on October 25th and the second and final preview came on November 25th. The consumer release of Android 8.1 is going to take place very soon, according to a reliable source. So Motorola will begin the developing the Android 8.1 update for Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play devices in coming days.
According to the latest leak, the Android 8.1 rollout will begin for Pixel and Pixel XL devices on November 6th. Motorola may start the developing of Android 8.1 in late-December. Most likely in late-January or early-February, Moto Z2 Force users will receive the next big Android update.
Moto Z2 Play users may have to wait more time to taste the latest flavour of Android. Perhaps in late-February or Early-March, Motorola will begin the Android 8.1 rollout for Moto Z2 Play devices. The confirmed rollout dates will be revealed shortly.
Android 8.1 Exclusive Features
The Android 8.1 update is the first Maintanance Release (MR1) for Android Oreo and contains many security patches and bug fixes along with some exciting features.
Neural Network API
The Neural Network API is one of the exciting new features coming excusively with the Android 8.1 update. With the feature, Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play users can enjoy much advanced benefits of machine learning. The API provides a base layer of funtioning for the neural networks like TensorFlowlite and Caffe 2 etc. Thus, the machine learning will be very much improved and developers can make their apps more user-friendly.
Revamped Power Menu
This is one of the under the hood improvements of Android 8.1. Google previously added the restart button to the powermenu and now shifted the whole position of the menu to the edge of the screen next to the physical power button. So the user can reboot or shutdown the device with single hand. The Search Giant also refined the user interface of Power Menu.
Google also implemented the night mode for the powermenu. The menu appears in day light theme during day time and in night mode during night time. So Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play users will get new themed power menu with the Android 8.1 Oreo update.
Increase in Free Space
Although, Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play users can expand storage by simply inserting MicroSD card, internal storage free space will influence the performance of the device upto some extent. The Android 8.1 Oreo update will increase the free space by clearing the cache of inactive apps. Apps store cache of hundreds of MBs which slows down the device. Clearing the cache of inactive apps not only speed up the device but also increases the free space.
Buttery Smooth Scrolling
Google Pixel and Pixel 2 users already enjoying this feature with the update and yet to come to Moto Z2 devices. According to Pixel 2 users, the Android 8.1 update improves the scrolling quality probably because of an extra buffer. Due to the improvements, scrolling on the screen becomes very smooth like butter.
Because of the buttery smooth scrolling, the responsiveness of the devices decreases a bit. But this is acceptable to most Pixel and Pixel 2 users. Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play users may also get the Buttery smooth scrolling experience with the Android 8.1 update.
We will update this post soon with more details about the Android 8.1 update.