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Back in October, Google confirmed that the final build of Android 7.1 Nougat will start rolling out to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices in early December. There was no specific date mentioned then, and Google is yet to announce the exact date. However, a mobile carrier has listed the firmware rollout information on its website.

Vodafone Australia has gone live with a dedicated webpage that details the Android 7.1 Nougat rollout for its Nexus 6P will begin on December 6. It mentions that the OTA update is about 650MB in size and will roll out incrementally to the users in the country. The details even include the schedule of the entire rollout, with 10,000 Nexus 6P users selected at random receiving the update in the first 3 days. The update will be rolled out to 10 percent of the remaining users daily over the next 10 days, with all eligible devices slated to receive the update within 14 days i.e. by December 19.

Notably, Google recently released the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 for the Nexus devices. “With Developer Preview 2, you can make sure your apps are ready for Android 7.1.1 and the consumers that will soon be running it on their devices,” the company said in a note to developers. Google will be rolling out Android 7.1.1 to the full lineup of supported Nexus devices as well as Pixel and Pixel XL devices, in addition to General Mobile 4G Android One smartphone and the Nexus Player as well.

As we mentioned that the official rollout date is yet to be announced by Google, but we should hear something from the search giant soon enough.

 
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The CyanogenMod community has announced that a nightly build of CM14.1 based on Android 7.1 Nougat has been rolled out to select devices. The community members announced that the nightly build will be pushed first to few devices, and later other devices will get the update too.

CyanogenMod 14.1 nightly build is available for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi 4, LG G3, Moto G variants, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus 3, and ZenFone 2 users. A nightly build is usually not a stable build, but is still released to all users, and usually is plagued with several bugs.

Elaborating on the CM14.1 nightly build, founder Steve Kondik said in the blog post, “Bug reports are OK, but please don’t file bugs for missing features since this is all a work in progress. Now is a great time to get involved with the project too- CM is returning to its community-driven roots and there are endless ways to help out. As always, more devices will be added to the list over the coming weeks and maintainers bring everything up to date, so if you don’t see your device listed here just give us a bit of time.”The nightly builds of CM14.1 are available for users to download here. Kondik also notes that all the features will not be made available right away on the nightly build (for example Themes are missing), but will be eventually rolled out in future updates.

 
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Google announced earlier this month that the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview will be released for select devices by the end of this month. The search giant has now delivered on its promise and made the developer preview available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C.

In order to get the developer preview, you can sign up for the company’s Android Beta Program, which was announced earlier this year, and receive the update over-the-air. You can also choose to download the factory image for the preview from the Android website and flash it to your compatible device.

Google confirmed earlier that other devices will also get the preview by the end of developer preview cycle, but there’s no word on the timeline yet. The company also confirmed that the final build of Android 7.1 Nougat will be coming to all Google devices that support Android 7.0 Nougat by early December.

The Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview brings some notable improvements like support for Daydream View VR headset and image keyboard. Other changes include features such as night-light, circular app icons, app shortcuts, and a manual storage manager.

The timing of the developer preview’s release can be considered perfect given that the company’s Pixel smartphones running Android 7.1 will be made available for sale in the US from Thursday.

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Google has announced the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview will be released for select compatible devices by the end of this month. After unveiling the new Android version for its Pixel smartphones at the Made by Google Event, the tech giant has now confirmed the preview will arrive for select Nexus devices before the end of October.

The Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview is initially coming only for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C devices. Google does confirm that other devices will get to use the preview by the end of developer preview cycle, but did not provide any release timeline for them. Furthermore, it even confirmed that the Android 7.1 Nougat final build will hit all Google-supported Android 7.0 devices in early December. This means Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and supported Android One devices will get the final Android 7.1 Nougat update.

Google did promise an Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview for compatible devices before the end of 2016, and this announcement falls in line with that assurance. The Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview should bring some significant improvements, the most notable ones being introduction of support for Daydream View VR headset and image keyboard. The latter means that Android users will now be able to freely send gifs through the keyboard, rather than copy pasting links or other roundabout methods.

This first maintenance update comes just two months after the first Android 7.0 Nougat commercial release. Other changes it brings include A/B system updates, night-light, circular app icons, a manual storage manager, and app shortcuts, apart from exclusive features for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Google is expected to release such maintenance updates quarterly moving forward. Google even confirmed the death of Nexus series recently, and is no longer going to produce any Nexus devices in the future. But it did assure continued software support to existing devices. The Android 7.0 Nougat update was also released to all Nexus devices except Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE users, who received the update weeks later.

It’s worth noting that only the developer preview is expected to release this month, and only devices registered on the Android Beta Program will get the update. If you wish to receive beta updates from the Android team, register your supported device here.

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Google unveiled its own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at its keynote running on the new Android 7.1 Nougat software. While the Pixel smartphones ran on new software, Google kept mum about the update roll out details for other Google-supported devices. However, Google has now confirmed that it plans to release Android 7.1 Nougat to Nexus devices and the Pixel C, and the developer preview will be released soon.

Google told Android Police that the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview will hit Nexus devices and the Pixel C tablet before the end of this quarter. This means that before 2017 beckons, compatible Nexus phones and the Pixel C tablet should get the developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat. The list of Nexus devices that will support this update remains hazy at best, but last year’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P should at least make the cut.

The publication also got hold of the Android 7.1 Nougat changelog, and there are some Pixel exclusive and non-exclusive features. The Pixel exclusive features include the Pixel Launcher, Google Assistant, Smart Storage, unlimited original quality photo and video backup to Google Photos, electronic image stabilisation 2.0, solid navbar icons, new blue SystemUI theming, wallpaper picker with new wallpapers and sounds, a brand new setup and look of the interface, and a dynamic calendar date icon. It is unsure whether these changes will be supported on the Pixel C tablet or not.

Non-exclusive features include night-light (another name for night mode or a blue-light filter), and other performance improvements. Support for fingerprint gestures, a new Daydream VR mode, circular app icons, and a manual storage manager are also a part of the update.

For now, only the Pixel and Pixel Xl smartphones run on Android 7.1 Nougat update out-of-the box. The smartphones priced starting at Rs. 57,000, and the pre-sale in India begins on October 13.

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Google has been teasing its Pixel line of smartphones for a while now, and the company is expected to launch them running the first update to Nougat – Android 7.1. After confirming on Monday that it would be launching the new smartphones at an October 4 event, leaked renders of the alleged Pixel and Pixel XL devices were found online. It now looks like the company is ready to bring the restart option to the Pixel smartphones, introducing it alongside Android 7.1 Nougat.

While the restart button is a common feature seen from the likes of Samsung and LG, Google has so far refused its users of this tiny, time-saving option. Prior Nexus devices would only feature a “Power Off” option, while the leaked image posted by Android Police shows the added “Restart” option as well.

It is still, however, a leak that should be take with a pinch of salt. The reboot option seen in the image is claimed to have been taken from a Pixel phone that is running Android 7.1 beta version, which means only developers are currently enjoying the feature.

Google could be testing out the feature as of now and there is no guarantee that the final Pixel product will feature the restart option. However, after dropping the ‘Nexus’ branding for its own brand, Google will likely bring in some much-needed changes, perhaps starting with the restart option.

A separate rumour also reveals the starting price of the Pixel smartphone. The rumour suggests that the pricing for the 5-inch model of the Pixel will start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500). GeekBench’s benchmark test reveals that the Pixel smartphone will pack 4GB of RAM and is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC.

Google has started sending invites for the October 4 event, to be held at 9am local time in San Francisco.

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There is no shortage of leaks for the upcoming Google-branded Pixel phones, and the latest ones in line suggest that the smartphones will come with yet-to-be-released Android 7.1 Nougat. Further, the leaked renders of the smartphones Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL show the front panel designs in their full glory.

As per the tests on Geekbench, Google Pixel phones will come with the upcoming version of Google’s mobile platform and will pack 4GB of RAM. The smartphones are expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC (with new revision).

As per a report by Android Headlines, the TPU cases for the smartphones are already available for purchase at AliExpress. The images of the cases suggest that the Pixel XL will carry a fingerprint scanner at the same position as Nexus 5X or a Nexus 6P.

According to another leak from the website, the smartphones have also been spotted passing through Global Certification Forum. The GCF certification has further confirmed that the smartphones will indeed be manufactured by HTC.

In a separate leak, reported by Phone Arena, renders of the front panel of the Pixel smartphones can be seen. The renders suggest that the smartphones will carry a screen size of 4.99-inches and 5.46-inches, in line with earlier leaks.

Last month, Google was reported to be dropping its Nexus-branding, and launch the upcoming smartphones under its own brand. Gadgets 360 also learnt that Google may release the smartphones “in a handful of countries including India” in September.

However, another report recently claimed that the smartphones will be shown at the company’s event on October 4.

Google started rolling out the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat on eligible Nexus devices, and alongside it even announced that it is working on the first maintenance release (MR) of the new OS. The tech giant announced that the updates will be released quarterly, and now we some more clarity on what MR1 will be called, and all the new things it will bring.

Google is looking to continue its Android Beta Program and release developer preview of new versions, before releasing a commercial stable update. A Monday post from XDA Developers’ Nate Benis indicates that Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant, and even the redesigned Android buttons will be released in Android Nougat MR1, and not Android 7.0 Nougat. The update will be released alongside Google’s platform lead devices, which till date have featured Nexus branding. However, Gadgets 360 has learnt that this year Google is doing something different, and will use no Nexus branding at all. The next platform lead devices from the company are tipped to be Google-branded premium devices with exclusive features that will position them to take on the iPhone.

Benis says, “With Google’s announcements today of doing quarterly maintenance releases leads me to believe the upcoming Nexus devices are going to be launched alongside MR1. Probably around the same time they were last year. Current version of Android N that is being pushed to Nexus devices is based on developer preview 5 and does not have any of the “proprietary features android police and myself have been leaking” expect a developer preview of MR1 with these changes soon.”

Android Police also reports that Google may be planning to bump the version number up to 7.1 with the first maintenance update. Considering the biggest update that Marshmallow took it to v6.0.1, v7.1 would be a big update with significant changes. In any case, Benis has hinted that Google will stick to tradition and launch its platform lead devices in October, alongside the big Android 7.1 Nougat update. The Google-branded smartphones are expected to run on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, and therefore Google has to bring some solid improvements to levitate its device credibility.

For now, only compatible device holders are getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update. If you haven’t received it via OTA yet and want to manually download it, follow these steps.

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