If you own a Nexus smartphone and have been waiting for the latest Android Nougat to embrace your device, there is good news for you. Google’s latest Android Nougat OS is reportedly set to appear on the Nexus smartphones as soon as December first week. The newest Android version 7.1.1 will power the Nexus 6P starting December 6.
Earlier this week, Google released the final Android 7.1.1 Developer Preview 2 for Nexus devices hinting at the beta testing being finally over and ready for more smartphones. On Vodafone Australia’s support page, the Android Nougat 7.1.1 version will be offered as a Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA) update and will be prompted on older Nexus smartphones. Although the update will be initially made available to the last Nexus smartphone – the Huawei Nexus 6P – it is very likely that other Nexus devices including the Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C will also get the latest Nougat 7.1.1 update around same time.
The version 7.1.1 weighs 650MB and brings in security patch update. Huawei Nexus 6P users will receive a notification to install the update. According to Vodafone Australia, the update will be progressively rolled out. In the first three days, close to 10,000 smartphones will be selected at random to be eligible for the update. They will be alerted via a push message or can manually check for the update. In two weeks, all devices will be eligible for the update. If you receive the update, you need to first ensure that your smartphone is plugged into power or is fully charged as the update can suck a lot of battery due to multiple reboots. It is equally important to back up any important data such as photos, contacts, and messages. ALSO READ: Google outs Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 for Nexus devices; here’s how to install it
Each new version of the Android OS is first rolled out to the Nexus devices before being rolled out to smartphones by other manufacturers. This year, following the announcement of the Android 7.0 Nougat software, the first set of smartphones to run the latest OS were the LG V20 and Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL. Although traditionally the update will first come to Nexus devices, there are rumors that supported Android One devices will also get the OTA soon. However, they might not get all the features which Android Nougat has to offer such as the support for Daydream VR which requires compatible hardware to play immersive content.
The latest Android Nougat 7.1.1 OS brings in a host of improvements and features which include new circular icon look for the launcher and long press app shortcut menu. Other features include multi-window app support, power-saving ‘Doze’ feature, background system updates, and instant apps which allow users to begin using or testing an app right from the Play Store without having to download it first. There’s also a new storage manager and image plus GIF support for the AOSP keyboard, among others. ALSO READ: Nexus 6P users experiencing battery failure issue after Android 7.0 Nougat update