Google started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat on August 22 to its Nexuses, but officially, the new operating system will come pre-loaded on the LG V20, on September 6. However, there are rumors suggesting that Google is already working on Android 7.1 and this update could be launched alongside the upcoming Nexus Marlin and Sailfish, built by HTC.
Android 7.1 was spotted in the crash and report filter section of Google’s developer console and the screenshot started circulating on the internet, generating attention and interest all over the world. Previously, Google has promised to release the developer preview of Nougat Maintenance Release 1 (MR1) this fall, but fans started speculating that the final release will be actually version 7.1 and will bring new features.
Recently, some Redit user posted a screenshot of the statistics page for an application he created and according to him, the application has been installed on 115 devices running on Android 7.1, and on four devices running on Android O. Later, another redditor who claims to work at XDA has posted a screenshot of website visits filtered by OS, and it seems that it has been accessed 162 times from devices running Android 7.1 and 105 times from devices running Android 7.1.1. But in addition to these versions there were spotted likely fake versions of Android 6.7.1 and 7.1.9. Most likely, Android O and 7.1.9 were obtained by editing the build.prop files of existing Android builds, but 7.1 and 7.1.1 could be legitimate and tested by Google.
N the other hand, David Ruddock of Android Police has posted on his Twitter account that the upcoming Nexus Sailfish and Marlin will launch with Android 7.1, ”which is now confirmed to be Nougat’s MR1 release.” Google hasn’t given any statement yet about the two new Nexus devices built by HTC, when they will be released and what hardware specs they will have.
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