Google releases Android 7.1 developer preview for Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C devices

By Jos
Oct 20, 2016
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  1. Google has begun rolling out the Android 7.1 Developer Preview to anyone enrolled in the Android Beta program with a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Pixel C convertible tablet. The company says it will be extending the preview to other devices ─ presumably the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 ─ in November, with the final public release to follow later that month.

    The company already showed off some of 7.1’s features when it announced its Pixel phones earlier this month. Some of the Pixels’ best features will remain exclusive to those new phones. Everyone else can look forward to App Shortcuts, support for circular home screen icons, image keyboards, and more.

    App shortcuts is Google’s answer to 3D Touch on Apple’s iOS devices, allowing you to long-press on an app icon from the luncher or app drawer, with a list of specific actions popping up so you can jump to a specific part of the app. Unlike 3D Touch on the iPhone, the long press trigger means there is no way to move an icon without first showing the shortcuts.

    Actions can also be dragged out as individual home screen icons for quicker access. For now only first party apps from Google support the functionality, but with the 7.1 Preview out developers can begin building and testing shortcuts in their own apps.

    Android 7.1 also features reworked Quick Settings that now shows a Settings shortcut and next to it a button that slides down the full panel. There’s also a support tab under settings, support for a double-twist gesture to switch in and out of selfie mode in Google Camera, the ability for keyboard apps to now feature stickers, animated GIFs and other images.

    If you have one of the supported devices and are enrolled to the Android Beta program, you should be receiving a notification to update at any moment.

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  2. Moneyd623

    Moneyd623 TS Member Posts: 19

    Got the update for my 6p. Interesting that messenger has the shortcut popup, but Hangouts doesn't. What gives google? You convinced me to use Hangouts way back in the day, and now you don't support it with your latest features?
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Android 7.1 looks a lot cleaner and more functional than any other version of Android I've ever seen yet they make a huge song and dance of their assistant which to me, is the least interesting. I can easily live without it. Google On Tap is about as useful to me as screen doors on a submarine, I wouldn't care if it wasn't there at all.

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