So Nexus devices are not kept waiting as we thought, at least sort of. Just as the Pixel phones start shipping Google has released the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and the Pixel C. The firm is promising beta quality, which was a label that it didn’t put on 7.0 until Preview 3. Google says that it will open it up to more devices next month for Developer Preview 2, but it didn’t specify which ones. The firm has noted, however, that all Nexus devices that were eligible for 7.0 Nougat will eventually be able to install 7.1.
The new APIs have been finalized as level 25. If you’re a developer, you can begin submitting your apps that use the new APIs to the Play Store right now. You’ll also have the option to submit to alpha, beta, or production channels.
Android 7.1 introduces several new features which are summarized below:
- App Shortcuts API – up to 5 intents can be launched withnin a menu accessed by long-pressing on an app’s icon from the launcher
- Image Keyboard Support – easily share images from your IME to any text input in your favorite app
- Enhanced Live Wallpaper Metadata – wallpaper pickers can now display more detailed information while previewing the live wallpaper
- Round Icon Resources – developers can now easily style their app icon to be rounded to fit in with the new Pixel Launcher
- Storage Manager Intent – if running low on storage, apps can now directly guide user to the storage manager so they can quickly free up space
- Improved VR Thread scheduling – developers can dedicate a single thread solely to handling the VR process, hopefully reducing latency
If your device is already on the Android Beta Program, there’s nothing more that you need to do and your device will alert you to install an update. If you’re not, you can sign up for it here. You also have the option of flashing the OTA, if you feel like putting in the work. You can download the images here.
Source: Android Developer