Google has finally rolled out the second and final Android 7.1 developer preview to its Nexus devices. Many devices are expected to receive the update, including LG Nexus 5X, HTC Nexus 9, Huawei Nexus 6P, and Google Pixel C tablet.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat developer preview follows the first developer preview, which was launched for the Nexus 5X, 6P and Pixel C in October this year. It brought some nice improvements to Android like App Shortcuts, and a new Restart option in Power menu. A Moves menu was also introduced with the ability to launch apps using gestures. One of the unique additions was the support for stickers and GIFs to Android keyboard, along with more than 100 Unicode Emojis.
The latest and the final Android 7.1 developer preview don’t bring any remarkable features, except few bug fixes and optimizations to its OS as well as Google’s built-in apps. From devs point of view, developer preview 2 brings an update to the software development kit in Android Studio. Also, it offers the latest version of Android Support Library, which is a collection of tools that let developers create circular icons, add keyboard images, and much more.
Those enrolled in Android’s beta program will receive the update to their devices over the air. Fortunately, the final Android 7.1 developer preview will not take a long time to be rolled out to the supported devices. Google said that the developer preview 2 will be the last release before the official version launches.
Google will roll out the update on the Nexus and Pixel handsets, but some Android features that came with Pixel devices will remain exclusive to them only. According to the list, non-Pixel phones will incorporate Night Light, touch performance improvements, better OS updates, Daydream VR mode and a manual storage manager that identify apps and files consuming the device space.
Google’s vice-president of engineering for Android, Dave Burke says developer preview 2 introduces “near-final system behaviors and UI”, as well as a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements across the devices. It even has the developer features and APIs that were introduced in the first developer preview.
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