3 Easy Steps to Install Android 7.1 Nougat on Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Pixel C

Android 7.1 Nougat

It’s exactly two months since Google first released the public version of Android 7.0 Nougat. However, this OS was only pushed to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C, among other Google-owned devices.

When the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were launched a few weeks later, they did not come in with Android 7.0 Nougat, instead, the search engine giant installed a newer version – Android 7.1 Nougat. This OS has a number of features that are not available on the first version installed on the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 6 handsets. While some of these features are actually exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, there are several others that will be making their way to Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X via OTA updates.

One that leads the way is the Google Assistant. Even though geeky users have already found a way to get this feature to work on their Nexus 6P handsets, the update to Android 7.1 Nougat is expected to bring a stable version of the same. The Pixel phones launched with Daydream VR support, however, this feature will be making it to the Google Nexus 6P via the latest Nougat update. The new phones also have a Pixel Launcher, rounded app icons, image keyboard support as well as app shortcuts, features that are expected to make the jump via the update.

So, how do you get this new Android 7.1 Nougat working on your Pixel C tablet or any of the two 2015 Google Nexus phones? Here are three easy steps to take:

  1. The first thing you need to do is sign up for the Android Beta Program.
  2. You will then receive an OTA notification for downloading Android 7.1 Nougat to your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X.
  3. Download and install the OTA files directly to your phone without flashing.

Google Pixel, Pixel XL vs Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X

Easy huh! Keep in mind that this is a beta version of the OS and as such, it might have some performance issues. In case of any, be sure to provide the company with feedback, which is what the program is meant for.

Google has confirmed that OEMs will be provided with Android 7.1.1 Nougat later in December, which will be a stable version of the OS. So, you still have the option of waiting until then so as to upgrade your Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Pixel C.

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