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.

    • 1888

      In reply to illuminated:

      You should check out the Blackberry Android phones.  I'm not sure how the specs compare but they will get updates as well.

    • 442

      In reply to illuminated:

      Either the Pixel or Nexus, period.  Any other Android is a risk in your data security.

      • 5641

        In reply to Narg:

        And that is the biggest issue with Android based phones. Lots of people make a phone, take publicly available stock Android then can do anything with the source code, before slapping it on the phone. How do you know a manufacturer hasn't put in a back door for their local government. How do you know they are not key logging everything you type and sending it back to a government server somewhere. Remember - most phones are not made in the US or Europe!

        The first time this issue is discovered, there is going to be a massive outcry.

      • 5842

        In reply to Narg:

        From premium comments: "my Nexus 7 isn't getting any updates"

        So Nexus is not exactly a safe bet. Then pixel is pretty much it.


        • 5486

          In reply to illuminated:

          The Nexus 7 (2013) stopped receiving O/S upgrades after 6.01, but has been getting security patches up to very recently. Are we surprised it's not getting v7, not at all. It's Google's policy apparently, but if you want Nougat, check out the AOSP custom roms, or the latest CM. It's the same situation for the Nexus 5 - an eminently capable phone that's now 3 years old, but won't be upgraded past 6.01.

        • 5615

          In reply to illuminated:

          And you won't get dual SIM or wireless charging with any of the Google phones.

        • 1816

          In reply to illuminated:

          Nexus 7 is a tablet that was released in 2013. The comment was a joke.

          • 5615

            In reply to DaddyBrownJr:

            Actually, CyanogenMod 14.1 is based on Nougat 7.1 and there's a current version for the Nexus 7 (2013). It's currently only available in the unstable nightly channel (the latest stable version is based on the last version of Android 6), but at least it exists and is being actively developed. There's even a current nightly version for the Nexus 4.

          • 5842

            In reply to DaddyBrownJr:

            One man's joke is another man's information :)


    • 5641

      In reply to illuminated:

      This is the problem. The Nexus line is discontinued (like the Lumia line) so Pixel is the only official Google phone now. Unfortunately it's two to three times the price of a Lumia 950.

      Anything non-google and you are waiting for the manufacturer to get the O/S, slap it's look and feel over it, then pump it out to the carriers. Some will do it quicker than others.

      • 1816

        In reply to James_Wilson:

        The Nexus 6P and 5X are still being sold by both Google and Project Fi. Also, the upgrade policy (2 years from date of introduction) on those phones is the same as the Pixel's.

      • 5486

        In reply to James_Wilson:

        The 950 was not far off the same price as the Pixel when it was released. Only Microsoft's firesale to clear stock has reduced the prices. In the UK, the 950 is still at least £350, which not even half the price of the Pixel.

  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. :(