When Google pushed out the “final” developer preview for Android 7.1.1 this past week, they did also note that the stable update would be heading out to all supported Nexus devices in December. According to Vodafone Australia, Android 7.1.1’s consumer release to Nexus devices will coincide with next month’s security patch on December 5th.
First launched on the Pixel, Android 7.1 qucikly came to the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C via the Developer Preview. DP2 was expected to add support for the remaining crop of current devices and Android One, but the Nexus 9 was the only addition this week.
So amid the ongoing Nougat update frenzy in the smartphone realm, Nexus owners will, once again, be blessed with bragging rights for running the latest and greatest Android version. This is all thanks to Google and the decision to thankfully continue supporting the Nexus line with bleeding-edge AOSP builds, even after the company threw its glove into the smartphone market with the Pixel and Pixel XL.
Vodafone provides the exact details of the 650 MB Android 7.1.1 update rollout:
- Day 1-3: 10,000 phones are selected at random to be eligible for the update, users are either alerted via FOTA Push Message or must check manually for the update
- Day 4-13: an additional 10% of the remaining pool are selected per day and users must check manually for the update
- Day 14: All devices are eligible for the update
If everything goes according to plan, the final version will eventually be seeded to the Huawei Nexus 6P, LG Nexus 5X, Pixel C, as well as the Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9 and Asus Nexus Player. That being said, the only question that remains is timing. We can only assume that the 5X and Pixel C will start getting the update on December 6 as well, alongside the already confirmed 6P. However, that is more or less an educated guess at this point.
As far as features go, there won’t be much different from the second developer preview. Some of the features that are staying unique to the Pixel and Pixel XL include the new navigation buttons, and Google Assistant. It’s likely that those fingerprint sensors will also remain on the Pixel devices only. Although developers have gotten them working on other devices including the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
Since both Daydream VR and the new seamless updates require compatible hardware, they are really unlikely to appear on older hardware. At least officially, that is. Of course, there are also more emoji’s coming in Android 7.1.1, not to mention the launcher shortcuts, which will be great for everyone with the Nexus 6P and other Nexus devices, as that feature was exclusive to the Pixel lineup prior to this update.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are also slated to receive Android 7.1.1 along with other Nexus devices. Besides bug fixes for several small issues, the Pixel update is going to add ‘Double-tap to check phone’ and ‘Lift to check phone.’
Via : PhoneArena