Many of you have probably heard already about the new OS from Google, Android 7.0 Nougat and some of you are also waiting for it to roll out to your devices. But it’s possible that not all of you know about an upgrade to the OS named Android 7.1 Nougat that will come in December 2016.
The thing is that the upcoming Android 7.1 Nougat will bring many improvements to the OS and it will also feature the highly anticipated Daydream platform which is an Android native VR platform.
The upgrade will first be released as a developer preview beta which will give developers a chance to get accustomed to it and tweak their apps to fit it, especially when it comes to the Daydream VR platform. This dev preview beta will be launched sometime at the end of October and it can be downloaded by anybody who has signed up for the Android Beta program.
It is also believed that the Android 7.1 Nougat upgrade will feature a new API for app shortcuts which is Google’s solution for a function that resembles the 3D Touch options found on Apple devices. This Google API enables the users to do key actions right in the launcher and to take them directly to an app.
This last feature can also be seen on the new Pixel smartphones and developers are also urged to come up with app icons that look like the circular design on the ones found on the Pixel.
Lastly, the Android 7.1 Nougat will come with support for image keyboards which will allow users to send stickers, media and gifs.
If you’re interested in these new functions, you should know that the Android 7.1 dev preview beta will be available for the Nexus 5X, 6P and the Pixel C at first. It will come to other devices soon after.