After releasing Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 for Nexus and Pixel devices, Google has started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for compatible devices. The new Android 7.1.1 update also includes the company’s monthly security update for December.
The new Android 7.1.1 is being touted as “an update to Nougat” by Google. This Android 7.1.1 update will be available over the next several weeks to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices. The company says that the Android 7.1.1 update will be rolled out over-the-air (OTA) and the devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.
Google has also released Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA files for compatible devices.
The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update will add new emojis that will reflect gender equality. Notably, Google had previously announced to add a slew of female emoji characters. With the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, Google has added gender counterparts for emoji characters that previously only had male or female representation. Additionally, Google’s new set of emojis that launched with the Pixel phones will now be available to all compatible devices running Android Nougat.
Apart from emojis, Google is also adding support for GIF images directly from keyboard on supported apps. Some of the apps that will support GIF images through Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also brings app shortcuts directly from home screen. Users can launch actions on any apps by simply long pressing the app icon.
“When we launched Android Nougat, we were excited to deliver even more ways to make Android your own. Today we’re rolling out Android 7.1.1, an update to Nougat that showcases more ways to express yourself, along with a handful of other sweet features and improvements to stability and performance. Android 7.1.1 brings many of the cool features of Pixel to everyone,” wrote Agustin Fonts, Product Manager, Android in a blog post.
The company has also bundled its monthly security patch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat – for the month of December – bringing fixes for critical security vulnerabilities in device-specific code that could enable arbitrary code execution within the context of the kernel and can lead to the possibility of a local permanent device compromise.
Google clarifies, “Supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the December 05, 2016 security patch level.”
When Google decided to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update in August, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE were left out of the mix. A month later, Google apologised for the delay in rolling out the update for the two Nexus devices. Earlier this week, Nexus 6 users started receiving the update along with the October Android security patch. Now, Nexus 9 LTE users have also started to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, however this time, only the September Android security patch is bundled with it.
Once the rollout process is complete, it would mean all eligible Nexus devices have now officially received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Notably, at the Made by Google event earlier this week, Android 7.1 Nougat was unveiled alongside the two Pixel smartphones, and Google claims that Nexus and Pixel C tablet will receive the developer preview before the end of the year. Just which Nexus devices will receive the update however has not been clarified. Google confirmed that even though the Nexus series is dead with the launch of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones, it will continue to support Nexus devices.
The update is rolling out over-the-air, but if you can’t wait Google has also uploaded factory and OTA images. As mentioned, the Nexus 6 update earlier came with the October Android security patch, but the Nexus 9 LTE update bundles the old September patch.
Google, at its Made By Google event, killed old practices of launching Nexus devices by partnering with OEMs. Instead, Google now has a new hardware team lead by Rick Osterloh, which will now take care of Google-branded products – though HTC is responsible for “assembling” the current crop of Pixel phones. At the event, Google also launched the new Chromecast Ultra, Google Home speaker, Google Wi-Fi router, and the new Daydream View.
The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are coming to India this month, and the pre-sale will start on October 13. The smartphones will be made available in 32GB and 128GB variants, and are priced at starting Rs. 57,000.
OnePlus has started rolling out OxygenOS 3.1.0 update to OnePlus 2 users, containing both QuadRooter patch and August security patch. The update contains other fixes and improvements but most importantly brings these two security patches to the smartphone.
As per the change log posted by the company on its official forum, the OxygenOS 3.1.0 update brings along fixes for some notification issues, delivers improved performance in Doze Mode, and addition of media sound toggle for alert slider.
Moreover, the OxygenOS 3.1.0 update fixes the silent mode issue associated with alert slider. Apart from the aforementioned changes, the firmware brings along certain other bug fixes as well.
The QuadRooter issue that the update claims to patch is a set of four vulnerabilities that affects Android devices built on Qualcomm chipsets. According to the Check Point research team, which first highlighted the issue last month, if any one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, an attacker can trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of gaining root access to a device.
“An attacker can exploit these vulnerabilities using a malicious app. Such an app would require no special permissions to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, alleviating any suspicion users may have when installing,” Check Point mobile research team pointed out in its report.
The company has clarified in its post that as usual, the update rollout will be incremental and should show up for most users soon enough.