Android 7.1.1 Nougat is currently hitting Google-branded devices including the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, and most recently the Nexus 9. Google’s vice president of engineering, Dave Burke, introduced the new software on the Android Developer blog Tuesday, showcasing what users can expect from the latest Nougat version.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat new features
As of Android 7.1.1, devices will have the App shortcuts feature, which is Google’s version of Apple’s 3D Touch. It allows users to apply different levels of pressure on app icons to initialize different functions. While a regular tap will open an app, a long press will bring a drop-down menu, from which users can apply shortcuts. For example, a users can sent a Tweet on Twitter or view their notifications without opening the full app.
Android Android 7.1.1 also includes design tweaks like circular app icons and a more colorful keyboard.
Android 7.1.1 features exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones include Google Assistant and various updates to the camera app and fingerprint sensor.
How to download Android 7.1.1 Nougat
To access Android 7.1.1 now, users must have one of the above mentioned eligible devices and register for Google’s Android Beta Program. Once in the program, your smartphone or tablet will receive the update wirelessly. Users can also install the software manually.
When Does Android 7.1.1 Nougat officially release?
Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be available to the public in December. However, it may take some time for OEM manufacturers to release the software on their own branded devices. Many OEM devices are scheduled to update to Android 7.0.