Good news if you have an Android device, as Google has now begun putting out Android Nougat version 7.1.1 on select devices. This new update was first made available a few weeks ago to people who were part of the Android Beta Program. Now, anyone is able to download the new Android 7.1.1 update, but supported devices are limited right now.
Google Releases Android Nougat 7.1.1 For Specific Devices
When it comes to the newest update to Android Nougat, which is now at version 7.1.1, mobile users will notice a lot of new features and abilities. A lot of the focus for Google has been on utilizing features and functions on the various Google devices. Google wanted to focus attention on the Pixel and Pixel XL, so a lot of the new features in Android 7.1.1 are geared towards those devices specifically.
It has only been a few weeks since Android Nougat 7.1.1 was made available in the Android Beta Program, which is mostly for developers. Now anyone will be able to download the new update 7.1.1 on their device as long as the device is one of the few supported ones. There are so many new features, including the Moves features, which were exclusive to Pixel until now. Another cool feature in Android 7.1.1 is that you will be able to see your notifications if you decide to enable it. This feature is similar to Raise to Wake, which is in iOS devices.
Another feature is that you can push the power button two times and then open your Camera app that way. You also can double twist your Android and then if you are already in the camera app it will go from front-facing to rear-facing without you needing to do anything else. The Moto X actually had these types of features, but now all Android devices will have these features and it will be system-wide features as opposed to a device-specific feature.
You will find that in Android 7.1.1 you will have app shortcuts, and they are not in the preview anymore. If you are on the Home Screen, you can just press down the app icon and then you will find the various app functions popping up. For now, most of the apps that have this support are from Google, but it should not take long for other app developers to put support in for this feature. AlsoSupport is now available too, which lets you send content from a virtual keyboard. There is also a new settings screen within apps that will let you clear out your storage space, and this helps you cut down on the space apps and features take up.
There are also new APIs in this release, which stands for application programming interfaces. Many developers will be able to use these APIs, especially third-party app developers, and some things you will notice is that multi-endpoint calling and ADMA voice privacy are included. These will be features that many third-party app providers who use calling features or functions will find useful. Lastly, you will notice that there are many more new emojis available, including various professional emojis for both men and women.
Right now, you need a Nexus or Pixel to get Android Nougat 7.1.1, but there will be support for other devices coming in the near future. Some of the devices that can run this new update include the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. If you would like to download this update just go into Settings then click About Phone, and then click System Updates. It will tell you right away whether you can update your Android device over-the-air. You also can sign up to become part of the Android Beta Program so you will get first access to these updates, including over-the-air updates.