The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones are days away from hitting the shelves in the U.S. and other major smartphone markets in the world.
As their release date closes in, a number of discoveries are continuously popping up with respect to the phones. For starters, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the only devices that will come preinstalled with Android 7.1 Nougat, at least for now. In this version of Android Nougat, there are a number of exclusive features that are led by the Pixel Launcher, Google Assistant as well as Google Camera app, among others.
Now, according to a new report, those using the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X as well as the Google Pixel C tablet will be receiving this new Android 7.1 Nougat update at some point before this month comes to a conclusion. However, this will still be in beta, but the good thing is that there will also be a public beta available for non-developer users to try it out via the beta program.
And while Google has made it certain that Android 7.1 Nougat will be coming to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, among other Nexus devices that are currently using Android 7.0 Nougat, there is no word on whether all the software capabilities of the Pixel and Pixel XL will be transferred to the older Nexus lineup. One thing that is certainly making it to these devices is the Google Assistant, but whether the new update will get rid of Google Hangouts as a default app and instead bring in Allo and Duo is still unknown.
Another feature that users of Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be enjoying is inbuilt support for the Daydream VR platform. Apparently, the upcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update will come with this feature to the 2015 flagship. The update will also bring 3D Touch-like option as well as support for image keyboards, among many other improvements.
Google has also confirmed that the Nexus 6, Nexus Player, and Nexus 9 will be joining up later in early December, but this time, the company will be rolling out Android 7.1.x Nougat.