Android 7.1 preview build lands on the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C; check out the new features


Android 7.1, the first maintenance release for Nougat, is now trickling out to participants in Google's developer beta program. A stable version of the software is available out-of-the-box on the brand new Pixel and Pixel XL, but is also coming to the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C in the form of a developer preview build, with more devices supposedly to follow suit in November.

Of course, as you probably already know, Android 7.1 on the Pixels is quite a different affair from its counterpart on other devices, as Google's new flagships pack a host of bells and whistles, which won't grace any other devices. Well, not officially, at least. You can still get a lot of the Pixel-exclusive features on your Android device right now, if you follow our comprehensive guide.

Ostensibly, not much has changed in 7.1, but with it, Google has opened publishing on Google Play for apps targeting the new API level 25, which too was finalized in this update. One of the most obvious and easy to spot changes comes in the form of “App shortcuts” – a feature reminiscent of Apple's 3D touch that will allow you to access shortcuts for different functions within an app by long-pressing its icon (see the gallery below). Another thing we quickly noticed is that Google Chrome now hits you up with the option to optimize certain pages for mobile reading much more often. This happens on a page by page basis, and when the browser deems appropriate. For the full changelog for Android 7.1, check out this post.

The 7.1 update for non-Pixel devices is mainly aimed at developers, but anyone can try it out by enrolling in the public Android Beta program, as long as they own an eligible device. Albeit currently limited to the Nexus 6P/5X and Pixel C, the preview build will likely be made available on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 sometime before the official release of Android 7.1 slated for December.

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10 Comments

1. yaniv00

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Are the fingerprint scanner notification gesture there?

4. YOURDADkid unregistered

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5. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Maybe because your posts are so far off topic from the comments you're responding to? Stop trying to seek attention and just delete your account. There's no need to make an event out of it.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I read that it would be part of the update though I haven't seen the settings. There are new gesture settings though that allow you to switch between your back camera and front facing camera with a double twist of your wrist though, similar to how you might launch your camera on the Moto X. I'll be sharing my observations with the phone when I have more time with it.... I really hope for the updated Doze mode to work properly this time... only time will tell.

2. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Am I right in saying it's no longer possible to delete shortcuts on the homescreen now?, due to long press doing something else.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7177; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Deleting short cuts, or moving icons around, has not changed. The long press action and then moving the icon around has not changed. All that was added was a long press short cut menu was added. For instance a ShortcutManager was added in API level 25 of Android.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Very good question, right now only the most popular Google apps have the long press feature, every other app responds the same way as it did before the update. If you want to remove an icon from your homescreen that does take advantage of the long press feature then you simply have to long press and move the app by dragging your finger across the screen, once you move your finger, the long press options will disappear and the app icon acts just like it did before the update. Very simple, very intuitive.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Got the 7.1.1 beta on my 6P. Then I went to a Verizon store to compare to the Pixel... I'm honestly a little annoyed at Google. Why withhold a simple feature as useful as Night Mode from stock? I'm not asking for the Pixel Launcher, just give us common sense features.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"App Shortcuts work in a similar fashion to 3D touch" Yup, app shortcuts have long been a feature of launchers since forever, 3d just pointless restricts the ancient feature to the latest idevices...

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Update is okay. Not much difference really, other than the wifi is now glitchy on the Pixel C and there appears to be an sRGB mode in developer options which doesn't work.

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