Until recently, the Nougat 7.1 OS seemed to be exclusive for Google’s flagship devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL. But current reports state that there is now more hope for other mobile devices to receive the newest Android update. However, it is limited to Nexus units for now. The developer preview for 7.1 has been released for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C convertible tablet. Dave Burke, the VP for engineering at Google, said in a blog post that they will be rolling out the beta version to other devices in November.
Earlier in October, the tech giant said the developer preview would be released later this month, and they have delivered on their promise. Those who are enrolled in the Android Beta program can now have a taste of Nougat 7.1. The preview is part of API (application programming interface) level 25, so Android app creators can now submit products targeting that API to the Google Play Store. The testing system images for this developer contain Google Keyboard and Messenger because they include support for this API.
With this development, it seems the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and Android One devices are expected to receive the Nougat 7.1 upgrade by this December. This will be welcome news for those lucky owners of the units mentioned above. It was previously thought that you had to buy the new Google Pixel or Pixel XL phones if you wanted to have the latest Android OS earlier. This will also hopefully mean that 7.1 will be rolled out to other brands and carriers earlier than expected. One Asus Android user even created a petition, asking Google to treat all Android users fairly and not just prioritize it’s phones and tablets when releasing a newer version of OS.
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