The Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview will soon be coming to Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C, Google has confirmed just a few days after officially unveiling its Pixel and Pixel smartphones.
While the Developer Preview won’t be launching to all the Google devices right off the bat, chances are that the Android maker will eventually released the Android 7.1 DP for other devices as time goes by. Google has confirmed the same, but has refrained from providing a timeline to that effect.
One important thing to note about the developer preview is that it will only be released to devices registered on the Android Beta Program and so if you wish to receive beta updates from the Android team, you will need to register your device.
Google also revealed that it will be releasing the Final build of Android 7.1 Nougat all Google-supported Android 7.0 devices by early December thereby confirming that Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and supported Android One devices will get the final Android 7.1 Nougat update.
The Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview will bring with it support for Daydream View VR headset and image keyboard. The latter means that Android users will now be able to freely send gifs through the keyboard, rather than copy pasting links or other roundabout methods. Android 7.1 will also bring with it A/B system updates, night-light, circular app icons, a manual storage manager, and app shortcuts, apart from exclusive features for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
The announcement of the new version of Android Nougat is remarkable considering that the original Android 7.0 is yet to hit almost all compatible Android devices. Google will mostly likely be releasing maintenance updates quarterly moving forward and this will effectively increase the work of OEMs who have to first test out the new update and then release it to their customers in the form of over-the-air update.
Google’s Nexus lineup is officially dead and no new Nexus devices will be released, but the search giant has confirmed that it will continue supporting the devices and released Android 7.0 for these devices.