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Google's upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones made by HTC are expected to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed. They could be the first smartphones to get this version of Nougat, which is likely to offer exclusive new features.

Google has already released Android 7.0 for existing Nexus devices, bringing features like multi-window view, faster app switching, new emoji, and the Vulkan API for greater games. But its next-generation smartphones could offer even more.

According to @LlabTooFeR, who has been incredibly reliable with HTC leaks in the past, both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will come with Android 7.1 pre-installed. The update is expected to bring new features, some of which will be exclusive to the Pixel lineup.

It's not yet clear what those features will be, but it's likely one of them will be Daydream VR, Google's new virtual reality platform that's coming to the latest Android smartphones. It makes sense that the Pixel and Pixel XL will be the first handsets to offer it.

Google is expected to announce the Pixel and Pixel XL at an event on October 4. According to recent reports, the devices could be accompanied by a new Nexus 7 tablet built by Huawei, a new Chromecast that supports 4K video, and more.