Google Pixel duo and Android 7.1 Nougat may get long-awaited stock reboot button

A number of Google Pixel-related rumors have emerged over the past 24 hours or so, including the Big G's confirmation of a special event for October 4th. A tipster of Android Police has been a recurring source lately, and now suggests that the Pixel and Pixel XL / Android 7.1 Nougat will arrive with a native reboot / restart facility. 

As has been noted before now, the Pixel duo is likely to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat -- an upcoming successor to the current version 7.0. According to this new report, the photo below is authentic, and the Pixel and Pixel XL could finally include a feature that much of the 'Droid community has long since pined for:


The report hastens to add that while the photo is legit, there's no telling whether the feature itself is intended for prime time use. If, as is suspected, the Pixel devices do roll out with Android 7.1 Nougat and a reboot option as depicted, it's reasonable to assume that wider recipients of the firmware update will also get to join the party. 

A proper reboot function within stock Android doesn't seem like a particularly tall order, but Google's lack of implementation has made it into quite a big deal. While the various UX overlays and launchers have meant that it's easy enough to reboot an Android device with a few taps, it's always nice when functionality is catered to at ground level. 

As confirmed by Google, the Pixel event will take place in two weeks' time. You can keep abreast of all the latest rumors in our round-up post and below, we've included a gallery of all the leaks, renders and sightings we've stumbled across so far.

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16 Comments

1. NoAllegiance unregistered

What are they blurring out, is it another button or a google logo?

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Probably a number of some sort. The button on the other ones wasn't a real model

6. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Look like two iPhones

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I really hoped it was a physical home button, but the on-screen buttons suggest otherwise..

7. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Probably some identification number for the person testing it out.

2. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

These two weeks are going to drag. At the same time though, I'm trying to keep my hype meter down. The higher it goes, the greater the letdown if things don't pan out. lol.

3. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

About time!

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What, holding down the power button for several seconds was too complicated? Hell, I didn't even know a reboot option wasn't standard. I'm too used to seeing a 4-way reboot option (reboot, soft reboot, recovery, bootloader).

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The last phone I had that had a reboot option after holding down the power button was an older HTC device, either the Incredible 2 or the Rezound. I know the both the 2013 Nexus 7 and 6p only have a power off option, nothing else.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6897; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

My old htc Dream, Magic and OneX had the restart option listed along with power off...could be an htc thing possibly? My Moto Nexus 6 only has power off.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Since my first HTC phones I've had a Samsung (Galaxy S3) and 3 Moto's (2013 X, Droid Maxx & Turbo) before my 6p and none of them had a reboot option. IIRC the Samsung had 1 or 2 options other than power down, but it was to enter airplane mode or somethings like that.

10. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

What use does a restart feature have on Android? When does an Android phone need to be restarted? Not for software updates as far as I'm aware, and it already restarts automatically during an OS update. I don't get why this is a "pined for" feature.

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's not a bad idea to restart your device every so often. And some people liked to be able to just hit reset and walk away and when they came back it was up and running.

12. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Motorola Atrix 2 running Jellybean ROM supports reboot function too

13. Cyberchum

Posts: 1116; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And this and many others are reasons why stock Android is POS. Or, at least, was. A software giant that doesn't include a reboot option in his OS says a lot about his targeted users and reasoning.

16. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Welcome to 2012, Google.

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