Two weeks after the Developer Preview arrives at the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C, Vodafone Australia has confirmed that Nexus devices will receive Android 7.1.1 via OTA to coincide with the December 5 security update.
As we read in the press release of Vodafone Australia, the update will begin to be sent on the afternoon of December 6. However, the Google security patch for December is scheduled for day 5, and matches the tradition of releasing it on Monday. In addition, this “update” will weigh about 650 MB for the Nexus 6P, so there seems to be little doubt that they will take advantage to include Android 7.1.1 in the pack.
According to Vodafone’s calendar, within two weeks all compatible devices will be progressively updated, so if you have a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel C, you’ll be up to speed with the latest version of Android for Christmas. Google Pixel already had Android 7.1.
7.1.1 allows developer to add app shortcuts, while image keyboard support introduces some Gboard functionality to Android with GIF entry and rich content. However, unlike the iOS app, it requires that third-party developers add support to their apps. Android 7.1 also introduces new emoji that features a wider range of professions for women and men.
What’s new in Android 7.1
Application shortcuts, circular icons, Daydream VR support, A / B updates to check which works best, or better storage management are some of the most relevant developments in Android 7.1.
If you do not want to wait until December and you have a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel C, you can sign up for the Android Beta program and soon you will receive an OTA with Android Developer Preview 7.1. We do not know if this version of the operating system will reach the Nexus 6, although it does not look good.