While many mobile devices are waiting to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, Google is preparing to release the Pixel and Pixel XL and to push out Android 7.1 (the OS that comes installed on them) to Pixel C and other Nexus devices. However, the downside is that this update will be available as a Developer Preview to users enrolled in the Android Beta Program and it will be launched before the end of this year.
At this moment, it’s unclear which Nexus devices will be eligible to be updated to Android 7.1, but we’re guessing that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will be found on the list alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Android 7.1 was already showcased on the Pixel phones, but it will contain some features that won’t be available on the Nexus devices, such as Support tab and the 24-7 customer support feature.
Most likely, the Pixel Launcher and Google’s Assistant feature will be also missing from the Nexus lineup. Unfortunately, the “quick switch” adapter will be shipped only with the Pixel phones and it will allow users to move data from iPhone to Android. Hopefully, Google won’t mess things up too badly with the Android 7.1 update for the Pixel C and current Nexus devices, but users remain optimistic and they can’t wait to install the Developer Preview via the Android Beta Program. If you haven’t signed up for this program yet, then you must login or create a Google account now. The advantages of joining the Android Beta Program are that you will have the “opportunity to try out pre-release versions of Android and provide feedback. Devices that you opt into the program will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to the latest beta version of Android N. The updates that you’ll receive as a part of this program are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device”.
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