Android version 7.0 Nougat launched to all devices at the end of August, offering some long-overdue quality-of-life upgrades. Google today Announced Android Nougat version 7.1 – the same running on its new Pixel phones – will be available to beta test later this month.
They also confirmed what 7.1 will bring to the table. Aside from Daydream VR support,
Android 7.1 gives solutions to one area Android has lagged for a while behind iOS: support for images directly in keyboards. That means you can finally get a proper GIF keyboard that doesn’t require you to paste a link or go through odd hoops just to share an image.
Google is working hard to make Andoid a bit more uniform by making all its official icons circular with the Pixel phone. Version 7.1 includes rounded icon resources for developers to match the look on the Pixel phone, as well as ‘other launchers.’
Finally, there’s an App Shortcuts API, which is basically 3D touch, without requiring a pressure sensitive screen. As shown in the image above, this will let developers add up to 5 shortcuts to homescreen apps, presumably accessible via a long-press.
For more on the developers preview updates, head on to the source link below, and as with the original Nougat previews, don’t be surprised if more features are added along the way.
You can try out Android 7.1 later this month using the same anyone-can-join Android Beta program from the original Nougat previews. The update will be available to try for the Nexus 5X, 6P, Pixel C to start, and will extend to ‘other supported devices’ by the end of the preview.