Google Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview Rolls Out To Beta Program Enrollees

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Google begins Android 7.1 Developer Preview roll out. JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images

Everything is going according to schedule with the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview roll out. As promised in its announcement, developers are getting the preview and SDK tools. As TechCrunch reports, anyone who signed up for the Android Beta Program will get a taste of what Android 7.1 Nougat has to offer before it goes public.

This build of Android’s operating system (OS) powers some of the newly announced Android phones for 2016 and arrives into the hands of users pre-installed on the Google Pixel, Pixel XL and LG V20. For a beta version, it should be a stable release since it’s already shipping inside of LG V20 phones, which one lucky pre-order customer happened to receive early.

Android N Beta Program participants should receive over-the-air update notifications soon on their Nexus 5X, 6P and Pixel C devices.  If you happen to own any of the aforementioned gadgets and want to give Android 7.1 Nougat a spin, you can sign up for the Android Beta Program to get a preview of Google’s late version mobile software. Other eligible devices due to receive the final release of Android 7.1 Nougat are Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and General Mobile 4G (Android One). Keep in mind that with any beta version of software, there may be some bugs and instabilities. It may be a good idea to install the Android 7.1 Nougat APK on a spare eligible device.

So what’s new in Android 7.1?  Google’s fancy new OS brings along with it Google Daydream VR support, the Pixel Launcher with circular icons and the ability to trigger specific app actions right from the user interface. For example, if you need to send an email, simply long press the app’s icon on the home and select “compose”. The new Google Android software also comes with a wide range of performance, productivity and security enhancements that let you customize your device and make it easier to use.

Android N Beta users can expect another preview of the new software to roll out in November before the final version gets pushed out in December.

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