Not too long ago we received hints that we’d see a second 7.1 developer preview for Nexus devices, as the rollout process had reportedly begun yesterday. Now, we finally see the system images become available for select Nexus devices! A month after the release of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview for the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C, DP2 is now available for the Nexus 9. These near-final system images are intended for testing before next month’s release to AOSP and OEM ecosystem.
The marquee feature of this Nougat release are app shortcuts and round icons. As the Pixel and Pixel XL have been running 7.1 for nearly a month, the majority of Google and many third-party apps have already added support. Under-the-hood features include better support for VR, enhanced live wallpapers, and a way for apps to free up storage.
For the developers, this update includes the features and APIs (level 25) included in the first developer preview, and Google is also updating the SDK build and platform tools in Android studio. The latest version of the support library (25.0.1) is available as well for you to add image keyboard support, bottom navigation and more to your apps running on devices running lower API levels.
“Android 7.1.1 includes the developer features already available on Pixel and Pixel XL devices and adds optimizations and bug fixes on top of the base Android 7.1 platform,” Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke wrote in a blog post.
Previously, Google’s timeline page for the dev preview stated that the Nexus 6 and Nexus Player would join the beta for this second preview. However, they’ve been removed from the list.
If you have one of the devices that’s eligible for this developer preview and you’ve signed up for the Android Beta Program, then Google will automatically send an over-the-air (OTA) update to your device “over the coming week,” Burke wrote. You can still sign up for the Android Beta Program if you want to test this OS release before it becomes available to everyone. And if you’d like, you can download images and flash them onto supported devices. Google will not be providing OTA links for DP2.
|Nexus 5X “bullhead”||bullhead-npf26f-factory-0e9ab286.zip|
|Nexus 6P “angler”||angler-npf26f-factory-0cd1829d.zip|
|Pixel C “ryu”||ryu-npf26h-factory-caed9427.zip|
|Nexus 9 “Volantis”||volantis-npf26f-factory-c0591bf3.zip|
|Nexus 9 LTE “volantisg”||volantisg-npf26f-factory-412bba4a.zip|
This is the last developer preview of 7.1.1 Google is expecting to do (and it’s CTS-enabled on supported devices). The final build of 7.1.1 should be rolled out next month to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Pixel C, General Mobile 4G (Android One), Pixel, and Pixel XL.
Source: Developer Preview