This month, Google looks to introduce the latest version of the Android Nougat OS. Version 7.1 aims to present itself through a beta scheme, with a number of updates for users.
Brand New Support And New Apps
The most notable update comes in the form of support for Daydream, Google’s new VR platform and handset. At present, only a small number of phones tout compatibility with Daydream. However, it will at least be one of the first glimpses anyone will have of Daydream’s system.
Other components of the 7.1 preview include a shortcut API that allows apps to be quickly opened from the launcher, support for circular app icons, and new metadata for live wallpapers. There will also be support for image keyboards. This means that users can send GIFs and stickers via a keyboard setup. An app will be able to tell the keyboard the supported content. There will also be an addition that allows buttons to be added to an app that will allow users to clear unused files.
However, there seems to be no support or access to the code for Google Pixel and Google Home (the AI-powered home assistant). For now, the preview will be available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C devices. In December, this lineup will add Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Player, Android One devices and the Pixel and Pixel XL devices.
Android Nougat 7.0 began rollouts in August. This new OS iteration added multi-tasking apps, new emoji, quick settings, file-based encryption, and a better battery life.