Google released Android 7.0 Nougat on August 22nd, but since then, only Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and other Nexus devices have been able to get the OTA update.
The company went on to announce the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, two phones that have an exclusive OS – Android 7.1 Nougat – at least for now. According to Google, this same Android 7.1 Nougat will be heading to other Nexus devices that are currently using the initial release of Nougat. This will be happening before this month comes to a close, but only three devices will receive the OS first. As for the rest of the devices, the update will come as version 7.1.x later in December.
Those who own a Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or a Pixel C tablet will before the end of this month be able to enjoy a beta version of Android 7.1 Nougat on their devices. Given that this version will first feature as a beta, it will not be available to all users of these gadgets.
Android 7.1 Nougat will come along with a number of new features, among them instant chat support, Daydream VR support, auto-upload of data to the cloud, app shortcuts, image keyboard support and many other features. But with its status as a beta version, you will have to sign up for the beta program in order to be part of the initial OS release.
Here’s how to get Android 7.1 Nougat beta
Thanks to the new Android Beta Program, it has gotten a lot easier to download and install the latest version of Android Nougat. Once you make the switch to the program, you will be entitled to OTA updates whenever a new beta is availed.
To register for this program, sign up for the new Android 7.1 Nougat beta via the official page using your Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel C tablet. Make sure you have enrolled the device you wish to be part of the program and agree to the terms and conditions by ticking the box. Finish the process by hitting the “Join Beta” button.
You will be notified that your device has successfully been enrolled to the Android Beta Program and that OTA updates will soon start coming in. Click OK. Remember that this notification can take up to 24 hours before it appears, so don’t panic just in case it doesn’t show up immediately. You also need to make sure that your device is connected to the internet.
When the OTA notification comes in, pull it down and hit “Download” to proceed with downloading the new Android 7.1 Nougat on your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X. Once the beta is downloaded, tap “Restart & Install” to begin the upgrade. Any future Android Nougat updates will be sent to you via OTA notifications.