Android Nougat 7.1.1 is Rolling Out to Nexus & Pixel Devices

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Just a few months following the release of Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat, it seems that Google  is in the process of rolling out an update called Android Nougat 7.1.1.

What does the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update offer?

Well, for starters the update includes a whole new gender-diverse emoji. The company initially created counterparts to their male line up of emoji earlier this year. With the new update, you can choose from a variety of female emoji including, but not limited to an astronaut or doctor, among other career-oriented emoji. All in all, a total of 11 new characters portraying professional women have been added. They are also available in different skin tones.

In addition to that, the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update also includes new home screen shortcuts for apps and support for GIF keyboards. This is by far probably one of the coolest and niftiest features we’ve seen. Akin to Apple’s 3D Touch, this feature allows app developers to create shortcuts to various functionalities of their apps upon long pressing on an app’s icon.

Android Nougat 7.1.1
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These features are already present in Google’s latest flagship device, the Pixel and Pixel C. However, for those who don’t have one, you can now get them, if you have a compatible Android smartphone. Speaking of compatibility, the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update will be rolling out over the next several weeks to a select number of Google-approved devices. These include the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and the Android One. Devices that are already enrolled in Google’s Android Beta Program are also eligible for the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update.

If you are the proud owner of a Google Pixel, then the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update also brings raise-to-wake and double-tap features. This essentially allows you to see your lock screen and notifications when the phone is picked up or tap with two fingers on a device’s display to see alerts.

However, there was no word from Google regarding other Android manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC or even OnePlus and LG. As such, we can only speculate that it will take a little longer. The question is, how much longer?

Are you an owner of a Nexus or Pixel device? Already running Android 7.1 Nougat? Waiting for the update? Want to blow off some steam? Leave a comment in the section below.

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