Google Begins Rolling Out Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Posted on December 5, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 24 Comments

Google Begins Rolling Out Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Google announced today that it has begun rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat for its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and several supported Nexus devices. Additionally, Android 7.1.1 Nougat is being pushed to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) so that handset makers can begin integrating it into their own devices.

As you can guess from its name, Android 7.1.1 Nougat is a minor, incremental update that builds on the previous “Nougat” releases, including Android 7.0, which was for Pixel and Pixel XL only, and Android 7.1, which was for Nexus and other devices too.

I’ve written about Android 7.x a few times, but some key new features in Android 7.1.1 Nougat are:

App shortcuts. Any app can specify up to five app shortcuts that place icons on the user’s home screen and let them navigate to a specific experience within the app. An email app could provide a shortcut for a specific email folder or whatever, for example.

Round icons. I know, semi-superfluous. But developers can now support the round icon style that Google debuted on the Pixel and Pixel XL.

Image keyboard. Apps that provide soft (or virtual) keyboards can now support rich content of all kinds, and not just unicode emoji.

You can find a complete list of Android 7.1.1 developer features here; it’s a good starting point for the functional improvements that users will see. But the big question is when those users will actually see Android 7.1.1.

“We expect Android 7.1.1 to reach all eligible devices over the next several weeks,” Google VP Dave Burke writes. “Pixel and Pixel XL devices will get the over-the-air (OTA) update, as will Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices. Devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will receive the final version as well … We’ve also been working with our device manufacturer partners to bring Android 7.1.1 to their devices in the months ahead.”

Looking ahead, Android Nougat will see further refinements and bug fixes in a future incremental update, Google says.

 

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Comments (24)

24 responses to “Google Begins Rolling Out Android 7.1.1 Nougat”

  1. 442

    I hope the round icon thing dies a quick and painful death...

  2. 5234

    " Android 7.0, which was for Pixel and Pixel XL only, and Android 7.1, which was for Nexus and other devices too"

     

    You have that backwards.

  3. 5842

    So which Android phone is suitable replacement for lumia 950?

    Must have about the same dimensions, OS updates, dual sim, OLED screen and fast charging.

    Would prefer wireless charging as well.

  4. 7063

    Just received the 7.1.1 update on a Nexus 5x (after manually checking for system updates).

  5. 5767

    Well I know my Nexus 7(2013) will not be getting this ever.

  6. 5501

    Aw man, my Nexus 7 isn't getting any updates, and I'm getting audio stutters when I listen to music with my new bluetooth headphones.

    Works fine on my Asus 2-in-1 with Windows 10...

    • 8890

      In reply to ErichK:The Nexus 7, even with all of it's issues, was a great device. I loved the price point and it really did what I needed from a device that size. Updates, however, were a mess with the LTE Version...

       

      • 5501

        In reply to csims1977:

        Yes, I like it a lot too.  I got upgraded from Android 4 to 5 and then to 6, so I *kind of* thought maybe they would update it to Nougat.  Kind of a borderline case -- 2013 is three years ago.  Not sure how that compares to iOS products, as I've never owned one.

  7. 2481

    I wonder if my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (2013) will get this update. HA!

  8. 1775

    And I still haven't gotten 7.1 on my Nexus 6 yet. :(

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