Google releases Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the public, here’s everything you need to know about it

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Google lived up to its word dating back to the Made By Google 16 event, as the wraps have now been taken off the official release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat or maintenance release 1 (MR1). After two developer previews, the software is now ready for the prime time. Here’s everything you need to know.

Google will soon begin pushing Android 7.1.1 Nougat across to some of its devices, meaning that others will get it soon thereafter. This is the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, the world’s most popular.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is the first of three maintenance releases said to roll out before next Fall, which is when Android O is expected to debut. First came two beta previews, and now the public version has landed. This update follows the major overhaul in that of Android 7.0 Nougat, which released publicly this past Fall. Included are the latest security patches for the month of December.

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The factory images files as well as the OTA.zip files have been posted for both Google’s Pixel device and Nexus devices from recent years (see links below). Verizon is also said to start rolling out the update to their Pixel phone models soon, as promised. This came right on time as predicted by VodaFone in an earlier report. Compatible devices include both the Pixel and Pixel XL (NMF26O), Pixel C tablet (NMF26H), Nexus 6P (NMF26F), Nexus 5X (NMF26F), Nexus Player (NMF26J), and Nexus 9 tablet (NMF26F). Other than the Pixel which includes both carrier and unlocked, the images posted by Google are for the unlocked models of Nexus devices that were purchased from the Google Store or select retailers. Now it will only be a matter of time before manufacturers release their versions of the software, which may or may not be straight from Marshmallow.

[Factory image downloads] [OTA.zip download links]

The update will soon start rolling out over-the-air to compatible device owners. This includes those enrolled in the Android Beta Program. Unlike flashing, this will not risk your user data of being lost.

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At this point, you’re probably wondering, what’s new in Android 7.1.1 Nougat? If you installed the beta, than not much will be new to you other than a range of bug fixes and stability improvements. Some of the major new features include app shortcuts, which act as quick shortcuts to certain functions upon holding down on a compatible apps’ icon. GIF keyboard support, which gives users the ability to find and send cute moving images right from their Google keyboard inside supported messaging apps. Minor touch-ups and additions include, a bevy of new “professional” emoji, live wallpaper metadata, rounded icons, automatic system updates, and new ‘Moves’ that allow users to lift their phone or double tap the display when off for quick access to the time and recent notifications. The full list can be seen here -> [Read More]

If you plan to try out and experiment with the update, be so kind to let Google know your take on it so that they can further improve it for everyone -> [Android Nougat – Feedback]

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If you ever start wondering about when your device will be updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, drop by Droid Updates, which includes all the updates across the industry and runs weekly (see here).

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.