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Android 7.1 Developer Preview now available for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C

by Brandon Russell | October 19, 2016October 19, 2016 3:16 pm PDT

As promised, Google has posted the Android 7.1 Developer Preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C. If you’ve opted into Google’s developer program, you can download the preview over-the-air right now. Or, if you aren’t privy to that route, you can flash the factory images or OTA files, which are linked here and here.

For non-Pixel owners, the Android 7.1 update is fairly tame, though it does introduce a few cool features. For one, Google has introduced a new shortcuts feature that’s similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. Basically, when you long-press on an icon it will surface key shortcuts, allowing users to perform certain actions. In a messaging app, for example, you can quickly start a conversation through the shortcut.

Additionally, Android 7.1 also introduces circular app icon support, enhanced live wallpaper metadata, and image keyboard support, the latter of which Google says was “much-requested” by developers.

If you have a Google Pixel device, you’re already enjoying these features. For Nexus owners, you can start getting a taste for the new enhancements (sans Google Assistant, of course).


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...