When Android 7.1 Nougat came out, it only featured on the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. But towards the end of last month, the search engine giant rolled out the first developer preview of the newer Android Nougat OS for its older devices.
As at the time of this writing, those using the Google Nexus 9, Nexus 6, last year’s Nexus 5X and 6P, as well as the Google Pixel C tablet are using the stable Android 7.0 Nougat. This OS came in as an OTA, starting August 22, 2016, but not all devices installed with the new OS can access the latest Android 7.1 Nougat beta.
According to Google, those using the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X as well as Pixel C tablet have the option to get this developer preview 1. But there is a newer version of this Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview that has just been rolled out. Note that to take part in beta testing the new OS, you must be part of the Android Beta Program.
Once you are into the beta testing program, your Google Nexus 6P or Pixel C tablet will be updated with Android 7.1 Nougat preview 2 carrying build number NPF26F or NPF26H, respectively. With the first release of the developer preview, only three Google devices were supported, however, the search engine giant has fulfilled its promise of adding more devices along the way with the introduction of Nexus 9 tablet.
Google has noted that the new Android 7.1 Nougat preview 2 is a “near-final” image and after this, those with compatible devices should start seeing the stable version of the OS in December. As usual, the second developer preview version adds a ton of improvements and bug fixes as well as near-final UI and system behaviors. Google has published the details of the new Android 7.1 Nougat preview 2 on its official website.
Are you eager to meet Android 7.1.1 Nougat on your Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 or Pixel C?