The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update fixes a number of lingering problems on Pixel and Nexus devices. It also brings trouble of its own and today we want to take a close look at the state of these new Pixel and Nexus Android 7.1.1 problems as we head into 2017.
Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, like the Android 7.0 Nougat update, went through a beta process to help Google wipe out problems ahead of its public release.
While Google was able to eliminate bugs and problems, Android 7.1.1 Nougat problems have slipped through the cracks and Nexus/Pixel users are reporting issues with the new version of Google’s operating system.
As we push away from the Android 7.1.1 release we’re starting to hear about the issues plaguing those who have downloaded or received the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update from Google.
With that in mind, we want to run down the most important things to know about Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Nexus 9 Android 7.1.1 problems.
This roundup takes a look at current state of Android 7.1.1 Nougat problems, offers potential fixes for Android 7.1.1 problems, runs down a list of solid resources, and looks ahead at future bug fix updates from Google.
Prepare for Android Nougat Updates
Each new Android 7.1.1 Nougat build will be a tempting install for Nexus and Pixel users, particularly those dealing with lingering Nougat problems.
These updates have the potential to improve performance on your smartphone or tablet but there’s also a chance they will cause trouble. And that’s precisely why we recommend doing some prep work before you install new software on your device.
It’s impossible to predict what you might encounter during the installation process and in the aftermath. Many of you will come out of it unscathed. Others will experience unpredictable problems. This is why it’s important to prepare.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the things we do before we install an update from Google. You don’t need to follow every step but you’ll absolutely want to make a backup of your device’s important files before you make the move to the current version of Android 7.1.1.
A little preparation will go a long way toward preventing problems and headaches so set aside some time before you make your move.
Nexus Android 7.1.1 Nougat Problems
Android 7.1.1 fixes lingering Nougat problems but it also brings its own collection of problems to Nexus and Pixel users.
Google’s Nexus forums are already filling up with complaints about the new update. Nexus users are reporting download issues, problems with Bluetooth, freezes, lag, call forwarding issues, reception issues, problems with various apps, and a whole lot more.
We’re also starting to see complaints about the Nexus 6 Android 7.1.1 update Google recently rolled out. Owners of the aging former flagship are noticing a variety of problems including issues with vibration, notifications, black screens on incoming calls, and issues with sound.
A number of Nexus 6 users are experiencing echo when using speakerphone. The issue is beginning to pickup steam on Google’s Nexus forums. Fortunately, Google is aware of the issue and a fix could emerge on the next version of Nougat.
We expect complaints about Android 7.1.1 issues to pickup as Google’s OTA process picks up speed in the days ahead.
— Silver Ice Thing (@coolsilver) January 9, 2017
Bluetooth issues I was having with my car are a known bug with Android 7.1.1 and are being tracked on bug #225774.
— Marcus Wolfe (@hackerseraph) December 25, 2016
@Android I guess I shouldn't have done that update to 7.1.1 on my 6p. Now the Bluetooth is jacked up
— Sean McDonald (@BigMac0608) December 20, 2016
Ugh… if having wifi proxy issues with Android Nougat 7.1.1, please star this! https://t.co/7isqUfhgr4
I searched but found no duplicates.
— filipe fernandes (@filotek) December 21, 2016
— Sourav Das (@sd_016) December 21, 2016
@googlenexus after upgrading to Android 7.1.1 my battery is dying soon. Doze mode almost not working
— sujendra nath (@sujendra_m) December 23, 2016
The company’s Pixel forums are also a source of complaints about various Android 7.1.1 problems plaguing both the regular model and the XL.
Complaints from Pixel users are similar to the complaints from Nexus users. We’re hearing about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems, freezes, occasional lag, issues with reception, download problems, and issues with sound/speakers.
We’re also seeing complaints about the camera, Photos app, issues with hotspot, touch screen problems, and more.
There’s no guarantee you’ll encounter one of these issues on your device but the potential for problems should be the motivation you need to prepare your smartphone or tablet for the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.
Where to Find Android 7.1.1 Feedback
As we push away from the Android 7.1.1 release you’ll want to keep an eye on feedback from fellow Pixel and Nexus Android 7.1.1 users. This feedback will alert you to potential bugs and it’ll help you gauge performance.
We’re already starting to see Android 7.1.1 feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. That’s a great place to look for potential issues and opinions about the Android 7.1.1 update’s performance on your device.
— John Penny (@Foldupdrjj) December 24, 2016
If you’re already dealing with Android 7.1.1 Nougat problems or you’re worried about potential Android 7.1.1 problems, dig into short-term and long-term feedback.
We’ll be digging into the Nexus and Pixel Android 7.1.1 updates and its performance so keep an eye out for our impressions.
How to Fix Nexus Android 7.1.1 Problems
If you’ve already encountered an Android 7.1.1 Nougat problem on your Nexus or Pixel device on your device you’re probably in the hunt for a fix.
There are several key resources out there but our list of fixes for common Nexus Android Nougat issues is a great starting point.
Our list includes potential fixes for Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth issues, and other common bugs that typically popup after Google releases a new update.
We’ve also put together another guide that will show you how to fix Nexus Android Nougat battery life problems.
If you’d rather go somewhere else, head over to XDA-Developers, or your favorite Android-centric forum for other potential remedies.
If you’re unable to find a manual fix you’re probably wondering when Google will roll out its next Nougat update.
The company hasn’t confirmed anything but reliable sources indicate the company is planning at least one more bug fix update. That update? Android 7.1.2.
The next three quarterly maintenance releases of Android Nougat will be Android 7.1 / 7.1.1 / 7.1.2
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 28, 2016
It’s unclear when Android 7.1.2 will roll out but we wouldn’t expect anything to emerge for a few more weeks.
Google will also continue to roll out its monthly security updates to Nexus and Pixel devices but there’s no guarantee those will help your performance. The company’s January security update doesn’t have any known bug fixes on board.
The company will eventually roll out new bug fixes for Nougat problems but you’ll likely be on your own for the next month or so.
Get Familiar with Android 7.1.1 Nougat
One of the first things you'll want to do before installing Android 7.1.1 Nougat is to get familiar with the update. Blindly installing Android 7.1.1 Nougat on your device is a bad idea, particularly for novice Android users.
If you haven't been following the Developer Preview, now would be a great time to get acquainted with Android 7.1.1 and its various changes. There are many. Some are big and obvious. Others are much smaller and harder to locate.
We've put together a guide that will walk you through Android 7.1.1 Nougat versus Android 7.0 Nougat and Android Marshmallow. If you're coming to 7.1.1 from Android 7.0 Nougat or Marshmallow, and we assume most of you are, this will come in handy.
It's in your benefit to dig into the update prior to installing it. This way, you won't be caught off guard by any of the changes.