Google released Android 7.1.1 Nougat earlier this week and with this update, the older Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P as well as other supported Nexus devices are set to receive the features that were initially preloaded on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL at launch.
When Google launched the Pixel phones, they came in preinstalled with the latest Android 7.1 Nougat, however, the two phones will also be part of the new update that takes the software version to 7.1.1. Once users of Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have updated their devices with the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat, features such as more inclusive emoji as well as the new GIF keyboard will now make the switch to the Nexus lineup. The latest emoji, for instance, will include the new gender emoji that Google created earlier this year such that users can also enjoy sharing female emojis.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL also came in with a unique GIF keyboard – a feature that is also making its way to the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X via this Android 7.1.1 Nougat update. The update means you will now be able to directly search for GIFs, however, the feature is still limited to supported applications alone, among them Google’s own Allo, Hangouts and Messenger.
In addition to these fun messaging features, the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat also promised Google Nexus 6P and 5X users new app shortcuts. With this update, one will be able to long-press on an app icon and launch several actions, but like the GIF keyboard, this will only work with compatible apps, with most of them being Google-owned apps.
As noted earlier, the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is also available for Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners as they look to step up from v7.1. As a result, those using these devices will also get new additions as well, among them the raise-to-wake feature as well as double-tap.
Those who have been part of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat beta have probably come across these features, but it will be the first time those waiting for the OTA version are seeing these updates. The OTA files are currently rolling out to Google Nexus 6P and 5X, Motorola Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets, the new Pixel and Pixel XL as well as General Mobile 4G (Android One).
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