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Google has just released a preview version for the new Android Nougat 7.1 that can be installed on Google’s Nexus devices. This is the first time Google has released a preview earlier ahead of schedule. What Google usually does is announcing the upcoming Android previews at the Google developer conference that takes play in May.

Readers should keep in mind that this new Android Nougat is only a developer preview, a work in progress. The reason Google allows users to get a taste for these new updates ahead of the official roll-out is because of the feedback they receive, which helps them optimize the updates better.

Nexus owners can install the new Android Nougat 7.1 beta version on their devices following these  two methods. The Android Beta Program method or the developer method.

The devices that can install the beta phase of Android 7.1 are the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and also the Pixel C, more devices will be added to the list in November. The upcoming devices that will be able to install Android 7.1 are the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and supposedly Nexus Player.

How to Install Android 7.1 Nougat:

  1. The first method is the traditional way. The traditional way consists of the system image/manual flashing method. The system images can be downloaded from Google and the user can flash them on their device. Users should take notice that flashing a system image will also wipe all the information they have stored on the device, so doing a back up for important data is essential.
  2. The second way to install the Android 7.1 is to use the Android Beta Program. Google released the Android Beta Program to make it easier for users to install the new Android preview. The Android devices updated this way will continue to receive over-the-air updates when they are available, something that the system image flashed Android devices won’t. To use the Android Beta Program, the only thing the user has to do is to go to Android’s official website, sign in and update their device from there.