Android 7.1.1 Nougat update problems continue to plague Pixel and Nexus devices and today we want to take a close look at the state of these issues as we push toward the release of the next big Android Nougat update.
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 many users are reporting issues with the current version of Google’s operating system.
As we push away from the Android 7.1.1 release we’re hearing 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 the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.
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 to the latest Android 7.1.1 build.
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 filling up with complaints about the new update. Nexus users are reporting download issues, various problems with Bluetooth, freezes, lag, call forwarding issues, reception issues, problems with various apps, and a whole lot more.
We’re also seeing 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.
Why you got to be like that Android? I'm still having issues on 7.1.1 with the battery. pic.twitter.com/DD9J99hduz
— Bryan Burnett (@Cranky_Hippo) February 13, 2017
It's astonishing that on a Google device running Android 7.1.1 that Bluetooth is as unstable and crash happy as it is
— ㍶ (@perryclarke) February 13, 2017
— George Ramirez (@georgeramirez) February 13, 2017
@googlenexus Help, my Nexus 6p running Android 7.1.1 is having issues. The Wi-Fi keeps turning on and off every 5-10 seconds :(
— KyaN (@TheRealKyaN) February 17, 2017
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 users voice frustration 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.
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.
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.
You can also look into downgrading back to an older version of Android Nougat or, if you really want to get off Android 7.0, Android Marshmallow.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process for Nexus devices, take a look at this guide courtesy of the Nexus Help Forums.
If you’re unable to find a manual fix you’re probably wondering when Google will roll out its next Nougat update.
The company has confirmed a new Android 7.1.2 update for Nexus devices and it’s available in beta form, right now, for select models.
The Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta is now available for Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t get a beta or the official version of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.
It’s unclear when the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update will roll out. Google says it’ll emerge in “just a couple of months” which means those of you dealing with issues are on your own for a few more weeks at least.
According to Google, the Android 7.1.2 update is “an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” That should be music to the ears of those dealing with Android 7.1.1 issues.
One possibility is a fix for Android 7.1.1 in-car Bluetooth issues that are reportedly plaguing the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
The company’s acknowledged the issue and says a permanent fix will be included in a “future” Android update.
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 March security update doesn’t have any known bug fixes on board though there’s always a chance it could improve your Nexus device’s performance.
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.