Today, Google released a new minor version of Android: 7.1.1 Nougat. The new release means different things to different Google devices. The Pixel and Pixel XL move from Android 7.1 to 7.1.1, bringing the December security update and some bugfixes. It’s a bigger deal for Nexus devices, however, as the update marks the move from Android 7.0 to 7.1.1 and the end of the “Android 7.1 Developer Preview” for Nexus devices.
For now, 7.1.1 is out for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, and the Nexus 6P, 5X, 9, 9 LTE as well as the Nexus Player. Interestingly, the Nexus 6 also received a December security release today, but it’s based on Android 7.0. It seems like the Nexus 6 won’t get an Android 7.1 update this month.
Android 7.1 exclusively launched on Google’s new flagship device, the Google Pixel, in October. Nexus devices—a brand which Google seems to be done with—were instead relegated to a “developer preview” release of Android 7.1 (along with the Pixel C), which ends with this update. Android 7.1 was developed alongside the Pixel devices, and Google chose to make many features exclusive to the Pixel line. For instance, Nexus devices still won’t get the Google Assistant, new navigation bar, or the Pixel Launcher, but they should see better touch input latency and a F.lux-style “night mode.”
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