Chinese manufacture ZTE has started rolling out the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update to the Axon 7. This is a big deal as it makes the Axon 7 one of the first non-Google devices to get the 7.1.1 update. That, of course means that things like App Shortcuts along with overall improved stability is coming to the phone. ZTE rolled out the Nougat 7.0 update earlier this year so having the 7.1.1 update follow up right behind it is a bit of a surprise.
The update comes with the February Android Security Update which brings pretty close to where Google phones are with the March update. It also brings the new emoji that come in 7.1.1 and optimizations throughout the device. The Axon 7 is also one of the few non-Google phones optimized with Daydream for VR and this update brings further optimizations to that element of the
If you have a ZTE Axon 7, the upgrade to this build is pretty small at under 200MB. Once you have it downloaded, the update will take about 20 minutes to install and will require a reboot of your phone.