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 multiple other updates were coming soon. Then 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 available for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Below is everything you need to know about Nexus Android Nougat updates.

Many of the features users love on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are exclusive to that phone. However, with Android 7.1.1 Nougat some are available for all Android devices, starting with Nexus phones. To kick-off January Google’s already released their latest Android 7.1.1 update and security bulletin.

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As promised, in December the final Android 7.1.1 Nexus update arrived for Nexus smartphones and tablets. Including the new Pixel. At this point all owners should have it, and can expect another update to arrive in January. Other manufacturers are working hard to deliver the same. Like Samsung and Motorola.


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 over, Google released factory images and OTA files. At this point all Nexus devices should be on the new software.

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.


Which Devices Are Getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat?

Of course Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL run the latest software, and they already received the newest version. Build NMF26O. Furthermore, the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C tablet, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are getting it too.

Google claimed 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. That said, the Nexus 6 Android 7.1.1 update is finally available as of January 5th.

In closing, those who were running the beta were oddly last to receive over the air updates to the official release. My Pixel C tablet didn’t get it until December 26th, and others could be experiencing the same problem.

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. If you haven’t received it yet, follow any of the steps below.

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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 side-loading the update files. This takes some know-how, and will not erase your device. Those on the beta cannot side-load from it to the official build without a full wipe.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat Release Date

As of right now 7.1.1 Nougat is only available for the devices mentioned above, and running on Pixel phones. It was released on December 5th and now in 2017 everyone should have it.

If you own the Nexus 6 by Motorola, we have good news. After a short wait Google released factory images and all files of Android 7.1.1 on January 5th. Enjoy it. In closing, those with a Nexus or Pixel are getting the January security patch starting on the 3rd. Expect OTAs to rollout for the first 7-10 days of January. Those with devices from Samsung and others will need to wait a little while longer for Nougat. Motorola and OnePlus are the few to already release Nougat for their devices.

At this point there is no information to suggest Google is working on a version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat, but other maintenance releases could be on the way as 2017 continues. That all said for those who aren’t enjoying Nougat, here are fixes for any potential problems you may be facing.