Android 7.1 Nougat changelog: what to expect if you don't own a Pixel phone?

Yesterday, Google unveiled its first in-house developed smartphones, dubbed the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, which will also be the first to run the Android 7.1 Nougat maintenance update out of the box. What's interesting about this update, apart from all the new stuff that it's going to bring, is the fact that, well, some of that new stuff will be exclusive to the two Pixel phones. We already knew that the Pixel Launcher would be exclusive to the new phones, and figured the same would hold true for the unlimited storage deal and electronic image stabilization (EIS), but we were a bit surprised to find out that Google Assistant, the solid navbar icons, and the dynamically changing calendar icon, among other features, will be available only on the Pixels (or so it seems from this leaked changelog). We can't think of any good reason for Google to hold back on its new Assistant so hard, unless it is trying to push it as one of the main differentiators between its new smartphones and the rest of the Android world. Let's have a look a the full changelog:

Note: Please, keep in mind that this list of changes cannot be found on the official Android Developers website. It was provided by Android Police, and allegedly comes from “a source from Google.”

The good news is, that all devices to be treated to Android 7.1 will receive the cool fingerprint sensor swipe down gesture with mappable actions, as well as a blue light filter option, dubbed “Night Light”. The latter will either dim your display by applying a dark, translucent filter over everything, and/or decrease the color temperature of the screen — thus making colors warmer — in order to kill the so-called “blue light” that might negatively affect your sleep after prolonged exposure.

source: Android Police



1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

so google is also choosing juicy names for features!!! this is best pixel ever!!! #$hit_pixy

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Man, Pixel launcher replaced the dedicated App drawer with a swipe. Heck, is swipping up more convenient that simply tapping on the App drawer icon?! Google has pissed me off with this Pixel Phones, especially with it's iPhone wanna-be design.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its really an apple keynote without the super adjectives.

25. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As in a swipe to open the app drawer? If so then it is much better. I use a swipe to open the app drawer on Nova Launcher

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same, it allows me to have one more app in my dock Can't wait for Nova Launcher to get even more of Pixel Launcher's features, e.g. app shortcuts in particular

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

and I will be using 95% of those pixy features on my OP3!!! in like 3 months!! wait for it!!!

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

How is the OP3 treating you? I am buying one to see if I like it (and if it does, kick out my Samsung S7E and Nexus 5x). What SOT do you get?

13. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Well to be honest I get 4:30 or 5:00 sot normally on social network mail and lte on!! And I used elemantal kernel to get 8 hours SOT too!!! And my OP3 is just a rock solid performer

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

4 to 5 hours is more than acceptable for me. I rarely get over 5.5 on the S7E so that is not a big disadvantage. Do you run the OP rom or a custom rom?

4. torr310

Posts: 1696; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Nothing special that interests me.... :(

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wow, so this is how Google intends to sell Pixels. Keep stock Android relatively void of future enhancements and keeping all the premium features for their own brand. I personally like the idea, but it just really sucks for everyone who bought a Nexus 6P and 5X who wanted the Google experience.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What I find odd is that it says we are supposed to be getting seamless updates? Didn't they say awhile back that no existing phones would get that because the storage had to be partitioned a certain way and that the partitioning couldn't be changed in an update? Google seems to be losing it lately. Yeah I agree about that. The comments sections in Android blogs are locked, and they bring up a good point. What happened to 2 years of being the first to update? Apparently non Pixel devices aren't getting 7.1 until later this year. Doesn't seem very fast to me. Seems like they're following the standard OEM route for updating. Might be time to switch OEMs next time around, or platforms even.

21. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Or maybe Google is finally giving in to the consensus that Android was, is, and ever shall be fragmented. They tried to get their OEMs and carriers on board with timely updates, and it still takes months. Why not just DIY and let the untimely bandwagon roll on, eh?

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

My worry is Google's ADD when it comes to their operations. How long before something else catches their eye and the Pixel line falls by the wayside? Plus how will this affect their relationship with their Android OEMs. They sold off Motorola to appease Samsung who was looking at Tizen as a viable option. Now they're doing the same thing in that they're moving into being their own hardware company instead of partnering with their OEMs. Even though HTC is the manufacturer, they're more of a Foxconn like entity than a partner like in the Nexus program.

27. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

What if what if what IF this is step one of Google buying ailing HTC? They would gain an experienced hardware shop (without household name recognition... sorry, HTC). Android Guys proposed this a month ago. That would be a game changer, possibly more than buying Motorola was.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Not really, people at least respected what Moto did with the original X for the most part, I don't see that with HTC. And the problem lately has been what it what if turns into, it happened. If I wanted to deal with a company that acts like Apple, I'll deal with Apple.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's not fragmented. The issue is simple. Today's smartphone is so good, that you could buy it and use it for 4 years and it won't really be outdated. The only time your phone is outdated, is when new apps no longer support your OS version. With Android, OEMS make so many phones, not only will many not be updated, but many are so cheap to begin with that updating thru is pointless. But not updating a phone forces people to buy. See, it's not like a desktop. You can buy a desktop and use it for 5 years or more and it won't be outdated. But it's a market where they rely on revolving sales. They know every year they will sell millions of computers because people will upgrade every 5 years and sinne everyone buys in a different year it guarantees a money stream. But with phone this would make sure people keep bug, you simply keep things exclusive, or limited and if people want it they have to come to you. Noee of those software features are so huge that they are must . If you must have them then buy a Pixel. But the point is if you want the latest greatest, as Bill Gates said, you have to buy the hardware with it preinstalled, because anyone who update won't get 100% of the benefit. This is done on purpose because it make them money. Android isn't fragmented. There are three group of Android phone. Cheap low end phones that will never be upgraded, midrange phones that may see one or 2 upgrades and higher phones that will see 2 upgrades for sure and maybe a 3rd. But once it's 2 years old, you may as well replace it. Even though I still have my S3 and S4, they are totally 100% useless except play one game a dev refuses to make work on newer Android versions. Even though Apple may support a devi e for 4 years with updates, you aren't getting the full benefit.because it's rare people keep a phone that long and it's pointless to do so. Which is also why they make phones to damage someasily. It forces you to get rid of them while they look new, because once you trash them they are worth zero.

34. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm not saying Android fragmentation is the problem, but I think Google has given up on adding major features to Android and expecting them to be adopted by the OEMs. They tried that with the Moto X, and thankfully some of it stuck (OK Google voice commands, ambient displays). And now with Nougat we start to see the reverse happening (Note-style split screen). I just don't know how Google can push out newsworthy software innovation if it takes up to a year to reach mass market devices like the Galaxy S. They've lost control of the ecosystem, so I suppose the Pixel is them trying to take it back. But the market is too crowded IMO for it to make a difference now. Come to think of it though, the major features Apple has pushed out are even more hardware-limiting. No force touch on an iPhone 6. No fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5. Dual-camera on the 7 Plus only. They're building in the very same 2-year obsolescence.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

"And now with Nougat we start to see the reverse happening (Note-style split screen)." Actually, and don't know if this is true, I read somewhere today that they were actually working on split screen during Android 4.0 development, but they left it by the wayside and Samsung picked it up and integrated it I to Touchwiz. If I can remember where I read if I'll post a link, but to me that's just further proof that they seem to get to distracted because they have so much going on. If they really want to make it work, they need a sharper focus.

37. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Makes sense, especially since the GNex was enormous by 2011 standards. I don't know why split screen didn't become standard with the Nexus 7, 6, or 6P. It's nice to finally see.

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Just in time for the end of the Nexus line, better late than never.

12. spasticpat

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

if your phone ever gets Nougat in the first place...

29. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

#androidproblems, iPhone 8 will be getting ready to release before my galaxy gets it

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh yeah, good move Google. Way to withhold features from the very capable 6P.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No s**t. I'm with you all the way on this one.

17. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I have no problem with them keeping a unique Pixel UI. It's the camera software enhancements I'll miss. At least FINALLY a native night mode! Assuming the 6P gets a timely official 7.1 release that is. I got all excited for the October beta, but alas... still 7.0.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

According to most it will be later this year. So much for timely updates for 2 years huh?

20. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I had to hop on the beta program just to get Nougat at all. I thought half the point of owning a Nexus was being first in line for the new OS. Makes me want to swap right back to Motorola. At least they offer useful software tweaks on top of stock.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The only problem with them now is their support has gone to $hit. Lenovo was never known for fast reliable updates. Motorola is simply a name to them to help their sales in the US and other regions they had trouble breaking into. Believe me I can from Motorola, and while they were with Google they were good, but now, not so much. As far as OEMs available on Verizon, HTC, Samsung, and LG and all kind of a wash when it comes to updates. Some are quick on one and slow on others. None are consistently quick.

26. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I thought Motovo was getting better with updates, they just screwed over everyone who bought in 2014. I gave up on updates for the Maxx over a year ago, although the lack of Stagefright patch really pushed me over to the Nexus. I'm pretty much where I was a year ago. I want: - Long battery life - A bright, natural color screen that isn't too big nor small (5.3-5.5") - Mostly stock - Prompt updates - Minimal bloat Looks like I'll wait and see what spring 2017 brings.

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