Search giant, Google had already unveiled the Android 7.1 Nougat for its Pixel smartphones at ‘Made By Google’ event on October 4. Now the company has confirmed that the developer preview will arrive soon for select Nexus devices and Pixel C tablet. To recall, Pixel C is a 10.2-inch tablet which was launched in October last year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Initially, the Android 7.1 Nougat preview is coming only to Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C. The company also announced that it would roll out the final release of the Android 7.1 platform in December. The final release will be rolled out to full lineup of supported devices — Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, Player, Pixel C, and supported Android One devices — as well as Pixel and Pixel XL devices.
Android 7.1 is an incremental update based on Android 7.0 but includes new consumer and developer features such as Night Light mode, Daydream VR support, seamless background system updates (just like Pixel devices), app shortcuts API and image keyboard support.
The app shortcuts API will allow developers to create up to five shortcuts of their apps on the home screen. The image keyboard support “expands the types of content that users can enter from their keyboards, letting them express themselves through custom stickers, animated gifs, and more. Apps can tell the keyboard what types of content they accept, and keyboards can deliver all of the images and other content that they offer to the user.” The Android 7.1 Nougat will also support great looking circular app icons to match the looks of Pixel launcher.
Even after the announcement of Android 7.1 Nougat, Google has kept some features exclusive to its own Pixel smartphones. Features like Google Assistant, Pixel Launcher, and 24/7 customer support will be limited to Pixel smartphones and won’t be available for other devices in near future.
The developer preview is expected to release this month to the only devices which are registered on the Android Beta Program. If you wish to register your device for Android Beta Program, do it from here.