The Android team at Google has released what is slated to be the last Developer Preview of Android Nougat 7.1.1. The update is already pushing out to devices that are enrolled in the beta program which now includes the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 and Pixel C. The builds you are looking for are NPF26F (Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9), NPF26H (Pixel C). For developers, Google has outlined that this is a near complete version of what will ship in early December to consumers and are urged to get their apps ready.
Developer Preview 2 is a release candidate for Android 7.1.1 that you can use to complete your app development and testing in preparation for the upcoming final release. In includes near-final system behaviors and UI, along with the latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and Google apps.
To help developers, API Level 25 Platform updates have been rolled out to Android Studio 2.2.2 as part of the announcement today so final preparations and updates can be made to apps.
There has already been a fair amount of information shared on what Android 7.1 will be brining to devices. As a reminder, here is just a short list of things that you can expect on your Nexus devices
when it rolls out.
- App Shortcuts (Long press for actions without opening the app)
- Rounded icons
- Image Keyboard support
- Professional Emoji
- Improved VR Thread Scheduling
- Several new mobile carrier APIs
The full list of features can be found on the Android Nougat 7.1 developer page
If you want to enroll your device in the beta, just go to the Android Beta program site to join. Given this is near complete, you should be good-to-go as far as apps running and stability. But, it is a beta, so if you don’t want to risk things, just wait until the final release next month. There is a release of known issues with the preview if you want to read those before deciding.