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Android Nougat 7.1 Developer Preview Available Later This Month

By Joem Cua , Oct 12, 2016 11:50 AM EDT
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As teased during the launch of Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the new Android Nougat version 7.1 will be made available as Developer Preview later this month. The update brings changes that were showcased during the Google's unveiling event.

The Developer Preview's Target Release Date

As revealed on Android Developers Blog, the incremental update will include new features like Daydream VR Support, App Shortcuts, Image Keyboard Support and a couple of system updates. The new version was numbered as 7.1 hinting on huge, but still not a major update from the first Nougat release.

The publicaiton also mentioned of their close communication to device manufacturers to get the update as smooth as possible. They also mentioned "later this month" as the target date of release and would be available as a Developer Preview through the Android Beta Program.

The Android Nougat 7.1 Changes

As discussed by Engadget, this update will bring some user requested features like image support for keyboard and a better storage handling, an option that directs the user to a new settings page for easier management of unused app and files. Other added features are the Daydream VR support, multi-endpoint calling and telephony configuration options.

The Developers Preview's Purpose

The main purpose of releasing the Developer Preview is for the app makers to test the new build and make the necessary adjustments or tweaks needed for their app to function as intended in the impending update. Initially, the preview is available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C and should extend to the rest during the preview's final stages.

The Final Consumer Version Release Date

The final Developer Build has a target release of early December and should be made available to the Nexus 5X, 6P, 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, some compatible Android One handsets and to the Pixel and Pixel XL as well. The report also said that the consumers build will be coming soon and should follow after the final developer preview is released, like in the previous manner of roll-outs.

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