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Naturally, a new operating system version will bring some modifications to what users are accustomed with, and maybe some new features that were previously unavailable.

However, as simple as it may sound, Google managed to slightly confuse its consumers when it released Google Pixel. Google Pixel is Google’s flagship device and the Pixel line is intended as a replacement for the Nexus line of smartphones.



Both series have the distinct feature of providing a pure Android experience, meaning no third party UI skin thrown on top of Google’s platform.

Up until now, the latest Nexus handset used Android 7.0 while Google Pixel was released sporting Android 7.1. right out of the box. Tech savvy users were quick to point out all the difference between the two OS versions, but since the Pixel was also a new device that embodied a new Google direction, it was hard to tell which new features were a product of the OS firmware update and which were pure Pixel perks that weren’t related to the updated OS.

Recently, Google pushed out the 7.1.1 update for both the Nexus and the Pixel line and this made it crystal clear which differences were due to 7.1. Let’s see what Android 7.1.1 brings to the table.

  • If you are coming from 7.0, you will find that Google has added new emoji to the messaging app, mostly gender swaps of already existent emoji.
  • A new support tab will give users the means to quickly open Google’s support service from the phone’s settings.
  • Users can now reboot their devices from the menu that pops up when you long press the Power button. This will eliminate turning the device off and on for the same effect.
  • The notification tab also has some changes, with modifications to the quick settings tab.
  • Picture lovers can rejoice as the camera app has been revamped to feature a ton of goodies such as Smart Burst or viewfinder grids.
  • The pressure sensitive screen will now display new settings when you hard-press an app icon.

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