As expected, the Android team at Google has released Android Nougat 7.1.1 for a wide range of Nexus and Pixel devices. The update brings a lot of bug fixes and other features including app shortcuts to apps that support them. The update was released this morning for the following devices:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel C
- Nexus 6P (except for those on Verizon)
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus Player
- Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE models)
The factory images for the updates as well as the OTA images have been posted. The OTA has also been released for these devices but it could be a few days before everyone sees it hit their phones and tablets.
As far as what is new, there is a lot in Nougat 7.1.1. Here is a short list of the highlights but also keep in mind there are a lot of
security updates in the release.
- 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
A couple of interesting notes. First, the Nexus 6 did get a security update today with all of the releases but not 7.1.1. While the Nexus 6 should see the update at some point, this wouldn’t be the first time that it has been later than other devices.
Also keep in mind that Verizon released the 7.1.1 update to the Pixel line up on their network earlier this morning so you should be seeing that OTA update starting today if you haven’t already.
Overall there is a lot to look forward to and enjoy in Nougat 7.1.1 and given that we can expect to see more of these “dot” updates in the future of Android, its good to see the first come on time.