Android 7.1 Developer Preview arrives later this month

Android 7.1 Developer Preview arrives later this month

First available in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Android Nougat has been met with a virtual round of applause from all Android fans worldwide despite the fact that it failed to deliver an overhauled design like we saw in the Android Lollipop back in 2014. However, Android Nougat has its own stuff. Whether it is quicker multi-tasking, split-screen mode or VR support, Android Nougat is really something you don’t want to miss at all.

Google has today announced that it will launch the Developer Preview of Android 7.1 Nougat later this month for existing Nexus including Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C and the final release is expected to come out in December this year for more Nexus devices.


Android 7.1 comes with some improvements and bug fixes to enhance user experience. Specifically, we still have support for Google’s Daydream VR platform, first introduced in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Noticeably, the new OS includes an App Shortcuts API, a Google’s answer to Apple’s 3D Touch without requiring pressure on the display to activate, and developers can add up to five static or dynamic shortcuts to the home screen. For example, once enabled, this option allows you to get a quick reply to your messages using shortcuts on your home screen apps.

Besides, Android 7.1 also has support for circular app icons that match with the look of the Pixel and Pixel XL. It looks like Google is planning to make its Android more inform with circular icons this year.

Android 7.1 is making it much easier for users to express themselves using keyboard. Users now can add stickers, animated GIFs and images to their keyboards. Beside that, apps will take users to a new Settings screen where they can remove unused files to free up more space on their devices. The Developer Preview of Android 7.1 will be initially available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C, with the plan to extend to more devices by the end of the preview.

Earlier this month, at Google’s hardware event, the biggest search engine on Earth unveiled its highly-anticipated smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL in an attempt to compete directly with top manufactures such as Samsung and Apple. The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first to support Google’s DayDream VR headset and includes Google Assistant, a new Google’s personal assistant that takes on directly with Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.

Google is showing its determination to develop products that carry Google’s branding this year without being linked with other manufacturers. Google is now officially entering the intense smartphone market where it competes directly against its Android partners.


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