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Android 7.1 Developer Preview 2 now available

by Brandon Russell | November 22, 2016November 22, 2016 10:45 am PST

Google on Tuesday rolled out Developer Preview 2 for Android 7.1, the final release of which should be out before the New Year.

It’s unclear what new features, if any, Google has secretly included in the newest preview. In the first Developer Preview, out for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C, Google introduced features that were first made available to the search giant’s Pixel smartphones.

One such feature is similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. Basically, when you long-press on an icon, it will surface key shortcuts, making it easier to perform certain actions. For Messages, for example, you can quickly start a conversation without first jumping into the app and then choosing the option.

3D Touch is coming to Android

Android 7.1 also includes circular app icon support, image keyboard support, and more. Google says there are a few known issues, including an audio bug that affects the Pixel C.

Developer Preview 2 is currently available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C.


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...