Tomorrow, Verizon and Best Buy Stores will start selling the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in the US and the new flagships will run on Android 7.1 out of the box. Google has promised that the newest developer preview will be available for Nexus 5X, 6P and Pixel C and that moment has arrived. Users who enroll their devices in the Android Beta program are now able to download the SDK and tools. Anyway, devices that are already enrolled will receive the update automatically.
The Android 7.1 Developer Preview comes with a few changes such as app shortcuts and image keyboard support. Google has updated the software development kit and it included emulators and device system images necessary to run applications on supported devices.
We remind you that the final form of 7.1 will run on Pixel, while the beta quality will be available for the Nexus lineup of devices, and this will allow Google to find and fix device-specific issues, before the update will be officially released. The Developer Preview contains a new API Level 25 and app developers are able to update their apps after being published on Google Play.
Next month, Google will deliver an update and in December will be released the final public release to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). But, for now, if you want to flash the Developer Preview on your Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or Pixel C, you will need to sign up for the Android Beta program and download the developer preview OTA. The other method involves downloading the entire factory image (TGZ file) and flashing it to your device using the flast.bat method. Also, by downloading the OTA zip file, your device will be brought to the latest preview build.
Make sure that you really want to do this, because if you change your mind and revert to the most recent public software, you will lose your data during the process.
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