A Look at Android 7.1 Nougat: Pixel Features and Release Dates

October 10, 2016 •

A Look at Android 7.1 Nougat: Pixel Features and Release Dates(Image via Androiding.how)

Android 7.1 is set to make its debut on October 20, with the release of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. The Nougat update makes some improvements to Android 7.0, but its best features are limited to Google’s two new phones. Here’s a look at what features will be included with the update, along with how soon Android users can actually expect to receive the new version of Nougat.

Features for Pixel and Pixel XL

Pixel and Pixel XL will be released with Android 7.1, which will give them some features that no other Android devices currently have. Specifically, the new Nougat will include:

  • Google’s newest launcher
  • Google Assistant
  • Smart Storage

Smart Storage is an especially useful feature for the Pixel phones, because both come with unlimited cloud backup for original image and video files — even 4K video files. The phones are designed to use Google Cloud, and Smart Storage makes doing so easy.

There will also be a few minor cosmetic changes, such as unique navbar icons, system theme options and a dynamic icon for the calendar date.

Google Assistant is Coming to Other Phones

Although Android 7.1 won’t necessarily immediately include Google Assistant, the company’s latest speech-compatible software will eventually be on many devices. Google has stated that the company is committed to making Google Assistant “widely available to users.” There will be more devices that have Google Assistant “over the course of the next year.”

Features for All Android Devices

In addition to the above Pixel-only features, Android 7.1 has a few other features that will come to all Android devices when they get the software update. The update will include:

  • New Light, which is like Apple’s Night Shift
  • Display and touch improvements
  • Gesture capabilities for fingerprint scanners
  • Support for Daydream VR
  • Other enhancements for developers

Release Dates for Android 7.1 Are Mostly Unclear

The first phones to have Android 7.1 will be the Pixel and Pixel XL, which will be shipped to consumers and available in stores on October 20. Google has also mentioned that an over-the-air update will be sent to Nexus devices (not the Nexus 5) before the end of the calendar year. Other than these releases, however, it’s unclear when other Android devices will receive the update — especially since most still don’t have the first version of Nougat, Android 7.0.