Nexus Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update: What You Need to Know

Following the global release of Android 7.0 Nougat back in August, Google confirmed a quick update to Android 7.1 was coming soon. On December 5th the company officially released Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C tablet. Additionally, it’s rolling out to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Below is everything you need to know about Android 7.1.1 Nougat and how to get it right now.

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Back in October Google unveiled Android 7.1 Nougat and many of the features which are included on the new Pixel smartphone. However, many of those features are exclusive to Google’s new phone. Those with select Nexus devices can enjoy a few of them though.

Read: Google Pixel Review: A New Generation of Android

As promised, on October 19th Google officially released Android 7.1 Nougat for select Nexus smartphones and tablets as a developer preview. Last month the second developer preview was released, but now Android 7.1.1 Nougat is official and available for all. There is still no support for the Nexus 6, but all newer devices can get it today. Read on for more details.

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Android 7.1.1 Nougat includes a few new features and additional tweaks over the original release, and more could be coming soon. The developer preview is finally over, and Google has just released factory images and OTA files. Expect an official announcement soon, and then other smartphone manufacturers will start working towards this update as well.

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The first release had some new software features first shown off on the Pixel. Some of those included round icons, app shortcuts on the homescreen and launcher icons, image and GIF support in the keyboard, Night Light and more. The second developer preview looks to mostly be bug fixes, and added a slew of new emoji characters.

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Which Devices Are Getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat?

Of course Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL run the latest software, and they are getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat starting today. Build NMF26O. Furthermore, the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C tablet, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are getting it too. Google said the Nexus 6 would be added on the 2nd preview, but that never happened. Android 7.1 is still missing for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.

Don’t worry though. Android 7.1.1 Nougat is still coming to the Nexus 6 as far as we know, but not until a later date. To confirm, this is the official release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Nexus and Pixel devices.

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How to Get Android 7.1.1 Nougat

There are multiple ways to install Android 7.1.1 Nougat today. The easiest of them all however, is to just wait for the over-the-air notification on your device. Now that it’s no longer in beta, the beta program won’t work. That said, those who were on the developer previews will get an OTA to the official release.

We have yet to see the official Android 7.1.1 Nougat update hit our own Nexus 6P, Pixel C tablet or the unlocked Pixel XL. Rest assured though, it will begin rolling out later today for all the devices mentioned above.

Read: Android 7.0 vs Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What’s New

Alternatively users can manually install the factory image like many have been doing for years. This is more intensive, requires a full wipe and erase of the device, and is more involved. Then the third method is similar to the beta and over the air update, just done manually. Basically sideloading the update files.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat Release Date

As of right now 7.1.1 Nougat is only available as an early beta for the devices mentioned above, and running on Pixel phones. However, Google promised it would arrive in early December. Right on time, it’s available as of December 5th. Keep in mind though, not all owners will get the update today. These are staggered rollouts, and some could be waiting over a week before the OTA notification appears. Stay calm and wait for it to arrive, or manually install it per the instructions above.

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If you own the Nexus 6 by Motorola, stay tuned as it should be updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat eventually. Although we don’t have an actual release date yet. In closing, those with the Pixel or Pixel XL will be getting new features in todays update. It leaked in Canada last month, but Verizon confirmed it today as well. It adds double-tap to wake and lift off a table to instantly see notifications. Features that are on Nexus devices, but oddly missing from the Pixel.

If you have a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Pixel C or any of the new Pixel phones try the latest version of Android today. Otherwise, wait for the over the air update for the easiest experience. We’ll update one we have additional details or information, as well as the full changelog.