The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update started rolling out two days ago for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G, offering access to some the features of the new Pixels.
The Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available as an over-the-air download to all devices that were enrolled in the Android Beta Program. On December 6, Agustin Fonts, Product Manager, Android, wrote in a blog post that “When we launched Android Nougat, we were excited to deliver even more ways to make Android your own.
Today we’re rolling out Android 7.1.1, an update to Nougat that showcases more ways to express yourself, along with a handful of other sweet features and improvements to stability and performance. Android 7.1.1 brings many of the cool features of Pixel to everyone.”
Google has noted that Android 7.1.1 introduced new emoji (gender counterparts for emoji characters that had only one gender representation); updated support for the image keyboard, allowing users to easily find and send pics of GIFs without leaving the messaging app, including Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts; app shortcuts, which will make it easier for users to send a message or find a saved location, and a sub-menu of shortcuts will show up when pressing and holding on an app’s icon. With app shortcuts, users will “Jump directly into an existing conversation on Google Messenger or start an entirely new one – all straight from the app icon,” as Google has explained.
Unfortunately, two features will remain exclusive to the Pixel phones, such as support for raise-to-wake (which will turn on the screen and show notifications) and double tap on the display to see alerts.
Google has already released Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA files for the list of Nexuses and the update also contains the December 05, 2016 security patch level, which comes with fixes for critical security vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges and permanently compromise the device.