Google is currently testing Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X as well as the Pixel C tablet. Those who are part of the Android Beta Program started receiving this OS last week Wednesday, however, the search engine giant says that the stable version of this OS will be ready for release beginning early December.
The Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 as well as the Nexus 5X are already running on a stable version of Android 7.0 Nougat, which started rolling out towards the end of August. However, the new Android 7.1 Nougat, which is already running on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, is just an incremental update that still carries over most of the features found in v7.0, but adds more productivity, performance as well as security optimizations. In addition, the new OS also brings multiple bug fixes, new APIs as well as a bunch of new features that many will definitely enjoy.
Early adopters can get the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat Beta on their Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel C tablet, which are the only devices supported so far, but this is just the first developer preview of the updated version. November will see the second developer preview version come in, but this will now include more devices, among them Nexus 9, Nexus Player as well as Android One phones.
The final and stable version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, according to Google, will be ready for release to AOSP and OEMs in early December, but there is no specific date.
Google also notes that those who have already made the shift to the Pixel and Pixel XL phones will be able to enjoy app updates that are targeting the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat ecosystem, even if they are using Android 7.1 Nougat. The catch is that API 25 must be available on the device, which includes all those in the beta program.
One thing you need to know is that this already-released Android 7.1.1 Nougat developer preview 1 is meant for developing purposes as well as early adopters. The latter group is expected to provide Google with feedback that will help them release an even better and more stable version of the OS come December.
The Android Beta Program is open to everyone with an eligible device, that is, a Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel C tablet. But since this version is not stable, you may want to sit back and see the four or five weeks ahead of the official release run out.
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