The new Pixel smartphones are expected to hit the stores on October 20 and they will run on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Shortly after that, the Developer Preview will roll out to Nexus 5X, 6P, and the Pixel C. However, more Nexus devices will be added on the way.
Android 7.1 will be released with several new features and Google has provided the full changelog, which contains:
– App shortcuts API is Google’s answer to Apple’s 3D Touch options that are accessed when pressing down on app icons on the home screen of an iOS device. According to Google’s vice president of engineering Dave Burke, the API “lets you surface key actions directly in the launcher and take your users deep into your app instantly. You can create up to 5 shortcuts, either statically or dynamically”;
– Circular app icons support will allow developers to make icons “match the look of Pixel and other launchers”;
– Enhanced wallpaper metadata will allow developers to provide metadata about their wallpapers to any picker, and they will be displayed as a preview. Also, “you can show existing metadata such as label, description, and author, as well as a new context URL and title to link to more information”;
– Image keyboard support will allow users to enter more types of content, using the keyboards, such as: custom stickers, animated gifs, and more. “Apps can tell the keyboard what types of content they accept, and keyboards can deliver all of the images and other content that they offer to the user”;
– Storage manager Intent will allow users to access a new Settings screen, where they will clear unused files and free up storage space on the device;
– APIs “to support multi-endpoint calling and new telephony configuration options”.
Anyone is free to join the beta and test an OTA when it’s live. Flashable images will be available later and the final build will be released at the beginning of December.
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