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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.


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.


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.


Google has launched the latest Android N developer preview for Nexus gadgets. Android N Developer Preview four comes with build NPD56N for all supported devices. considerably, the Developer Preview four includes fixes for the issues pronounced with the aid of builders in preceding builds, and a few minor API changes.

involved customers can opt in to the Android Beta program through and as before, the beta builds are to be had for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus player, Pixel C, and Android One (widespread mobile 4G). the brand new construct must already be rolling out to enlisted devices, while manufacturing unit pictures also are to be had. Android Police factors out that the brand new build helps the Sony Xperia Z3 corroborating to an earlier record that said Google may additionally amplify the Android N Beta application to non-Nexus devices.

The Android N Developer Preview four comes with the very last APIs for the approaching Android N platform. In a file, Android Police says, “the new API stage is 24.” Google notes that Launcher Shortcuts feature has been deferred to a later release. this means that with Developer Preview 4, the business enterprise has removed the Launcher Shortcuts APIs.

Dave Burke, vice chairman of Engineering, Android had at I/O 2016 had revealed a brand new Easter egg dubbed “Namey McNameface” for Android N and this has sooner or later made it to the Developer Preview 4 build.

some of the fixes that Google convey with the contemporary developer preview include restoration for the unresponsive short settings tiles and notifications at instances; restoration to allow dismissing Clock notifications; repair for duplication of Bluetooth icon and other reputation icons, and additional Bluetooth connectivity fixes amongst others.

The Developer Preview 3 in comparison to the state-of-the-art Developer Preview four came with a whole lot of upgrades and additions. The Android N Developer Preview three delivered advanced pics and runtime performance. a number of the new functions that have been delivered protected a brand new “quick switch” characteristic, “clear all” button, and an all-new Google Keyboard topics amongst others.

Google at its I/O 2016 keynote announced a host of new products alongside revealing several improvements to the subsequent Android N version so that it will are to be had inside the new Developer Preview 3, in addition to features so as to be released later. The Android N Developer Preview 3 is claimed through Google to be the primary beta-excellent candidate that suitable to check a consumer’s number one cellphone or pill.

interested users can opt in to the Android Beta software thru and as before, is compatible on Nexus 6, Nexus nine, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus player, Pixel C, and Android One (standard mobile 4G). the new build need to already be rolling out to enlisted devices, while manufacturing facility photographs are also to be had.

Dave Burke, vp of Engineering, on the keynote on Wednesday pressured that the employer will recognition on 3 key themes with the new version of Android: overall performance, productiveness and protection. starting with performance, he said that the first Developer Preview added a brand new JIT compiler to improve software program overall performance at the same time as the second N Developer Preview covered Vulkan, a new 3-d rendering API. The Android N Developer Preview three will deliver progressed pix and runtime overall performance.

Coming to productivity, Burke discovered that Android N now features easier multi-tasking together with brief-switching between apps, multi-window help, and higher notifications. On the security the front, improvements encompass report-primarily based encryption and seamless updates. The latter method that devices going for walks Android N can deploy device updates in the history. “because of this the following time a person powers up their tool, new devices can robotically and seamlessly transfer into the new updated

lower back to productivity, we take a look at the two new multi-tasking capabilities in Android N. a brand new “short switch” feature has been delivered that works by means of double-tapping the recent apps button. users can now launch multi-window through lengthy-urgent the recents button.The organisation has updated the mission switcher button which now shows “clear all” button. In an attempt to unclutter the recent apps, Android N will robotically eliminate the apps from current apps.

some of the opposite minor additions include Launcher Shortcuts if you want to be released in summer time; the present day Developer Preview 3 will consist of Android Pay as nicely; an all-new Google Keyboard subject matters this means that users, similar to SwiftKey third-birthday celebration keyboard apps, can exchange unique subject matters for default Keyboard app; Google has additionally removed the “night time Mode” from system UI Tuner; a new electricity notification controls can be located underneath different phase in device UI Tuner; the today’s Android N Developer Preview three provides manual publicity in camera app, and as predicted the brand new Developer Preview will add new device wallpapers.

Android N’s photo-in-picture mode nevertheless appears constrained to Android TVs most effective because the organisation revealed no element whether or not to convey the function to mobile gadgets. The actionable notifications which allow customers to reply without delay from a chat notification is also gift in the modern-day Developer Preview 3.

The N Developer Preview three also promises “largest platform replace” to the Android wear platform because it was unveiled in 2014 – Android put on the new Developer Preview includes UI modifications and standalone apps. “primarily based on what we’ve discovered from users and builders, we are evolving the platform to improve key watch reports: watch faces, messaging, and fitness,” delivered Burke.

one of the foremost highlights of the keynote was the advent of “Assistant,” that is an upcoming enlargement of Google’s seek tools. The employer says the “Assistant” is a communique among the user and Google that facilitates person get things completed.

“Computing is evolving beyond cellular telephones…the assistant have to be there throughout the context of a consumer’s daily lifestyles,” said CEO Sundar Pichai.

“We want [Google] to be there for our customers all of the time, asking ‘hi, How can i help?’ building on Google’s development in system gaining knowledge of and AI, it is time “to take the following step in being more assistive to our customers,” Pichai introduced. He showed Google Assistant will come integrated in the Google domestic, that’s a voice-activated product.