A teardown of the latest beta version of the Google Android app - build number 7.11 - references Android 8.1 and its related API Level 27, suggesting that some developers from the Alphabet-owned company are already using the Android 8.1 software development kit (SDK) to create apps for the company's popular mobile operating system. Although there are few Android smartphones in the world that can taste the sweetest Android right now, a bug has crept up in existing devices running Android Oreo.
A little two weeks ago, Google announced Android 8.0 Oreo August 2017 Security patches for the Nexus and Pixel devices.
The new version number - 8.1 - was spotted by the folks at 9to5Google in version 7.11 of the Google beta app, which is just rolling out to enrollees. Notably, The company's CEO Pete Lau has confirmed this report by stating that the OnePlus 3 and 3T will be getting Android 8.0 update later this year. In fact, recently, the Head of Product at the company revealed that the Android O update will be last OS update that these phones will receive. This nomenclature doesn't come as a surprise as Android's previous iteration Nougat followed the same pattern and the company introduced Android 7.1 Nougat after introducing Android 7.0 Nougat. The testing will soon start on the OnePlus 5 and 3T as well. Before you get anxious if you are using other OnePlus handsets, the report also claims that OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5 users will be getting the update as part of their respective close beta programs as well.
There are reportedly issues right now (as you might expect) with the update being distributed to closed beta testers.