On October 19th, 2016, Google announced the developer preview of the next iteration of Android Nougat: version 7.1, which would be available for all Nexus 5x, 6p, and Pixel c devices enrolled in the Android beta program.
The over the air (OTA) update actually made its way to my phone, the 32 GB Ice Nexus 5x, the next day.
Upon installing it, I immediately noticed that the version number was actually 7.1.1, with the build number NPF10C. The update also included the October 5th 2016 security patches, which address 6 critical, 17 high, 8 moderate, and 1 low severity vulnerabilities. Make sure the visit the Android Security Bulletin for more details.
The 7.1.1 update brings several new features to the table, such as:
- Built-in 24/7 phone and chat assistance by the Google Support team.
- Home-screen app shortcuts
- Redesigned Google Dialer app interface
- Image keyboard support
- Restart option in the power menu
It also includes the API Level 25 SDK and platform tools, documentation, samples and more.
Home-screen app shortcuts:
Diving a little bit deeper into the topic of home-screen app shortcuts, here is a list of my favorites so far, in no particular order:
Google Chrome: New tab
Google Clock: Start stopwatch
Google Maps: Work, Home
Google Keep: New list
Google Camera: Take a video
Google Drive: Upload
Considering it is a beta version of the operating system, it is actually quite stable. Have only encountered 3 app crashes so far, from third party apps, in a week of usage (your mileage may vary).
Upcoming updates will surely improve this, but overall it is a fairly usable build. If you have one of the supported devices, and can’t wait to use the latest and greatest software from Google, I highly recommend joining the beta program. Just keep in mind that there may still be a bug or too, but that’s kind of the point of a developer preview. Isn’t it?
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