The first Developer Preview build for Android 7.1 Nougat was released last month to the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C and the second and the last one is now live and available for the Nexus 9, as well. So, now the three devices are receiving the beta software and the factory images can be downloaded from Developer.Android website.
Users who don’t know how to manually flash the factory images will join the Android Beta Program and wait to receive the preview build over the air. They will need to log into their Google accounts and if their devices are eligible to receive beta builds of Android 7.1 Nougat, they will receive the build number NPF26F if they own a Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X, while the Pixel C will receive the build number NPF26H.
Google will release the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat version in December and it will be available for the Pixel, Pixel XL and “the full lineup of supported devices”, which includes the Nexus 5X, 6P, 6, 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and some Android One models. The Android 7.1 Nougat is also tested out on the Xperia Z3, but owners will participate through Sony’s N Developer Preview program.
All new features and changes that were seen in the two builds of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, such as enhanced wallpaper metadata, circular launcher icons, it support for image keyboards, new APIs for calling apps and app shortcuts will make their way to the version 7.1.1. “Android 7.1.1 includes the developer features already available on Pixel and Pixel XL devices and adds optimizations and bug fixes on top of the base Android 7.1 platform,” has explained Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke.
Android 7.0 Nougat was released in August, coming earlier than usual, but Google introduced the first Developer Preview in March. Now, it’s running on 0.3 percent of all active Android devices.