To date, the majority of Android devices still run on either Lollipop or Kitkat. Android 7.0 Nougat does not even account for more than 0.1 percent of the entire Android population. Nevertheless, Google is still pushing for regular updates on the famous mobile operating system. Now, Android 7.1.1 Nougat is already out for developers and beta testers alike.
The operating system update was rolled out a couple weeks ago from the Google Android Beta Program. All Nexus devices, including the Pixel C and Android One, can download the new OS through over-the-air update. Also included in the update are the Pixel and Pixel XL phones.
According to Google, the beta test program will run for a few months. After which, it will start rolling out the update to its device manufacturing partners.
Here are just some of the new features to expect on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.
- App Shortcuts – brings menu-based context to apps. Users only need to long-press the app?s icon to bring up available shortcuts that let?them jump to an associated action.
- New Professional Emoji – new batch of Emojis feature gender equality in the workplace.
- Image Keyboard Support – add images to you messages straight from the keyboard.
- Round Icons – apps made for Android 7.1.1 can now support round or circular icons.
- Enhanced Live Wallpaper Metadata – metadata can now be added to live wallpapers. Information and attributes like label, description, and author can now be added to the wallpapers.
- Storage Manager – for apps requiring more storage space, there is an option to bring up the Storage Manager that enables users to free up additional space.
- Improved VR Thread Scheduling – this feature improves VR latency. By designating one thread specifically for VR, apps can gain more performance and efficiency.
- New Telephony Apps and APIs for Carriers – Android 7.1.1 will support multi-endpoint calling, CDMA voice privacy, Visual Voicemail, and APIs for managing video telephony.
Pixel and Nexus device users can now enjoy these new features once they have applied for beta testing. For others, the updated firmware can be downloaded from Google?s Android Developer website. The rest of Android users, they can expect to get their update in the months to come.
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