The Pixel phones will be the first to launch with Android 7.1 Nougat



Google talked a lot about software at the Pixel event earlier today, but most of it had to do with Google Assistant. The Android OS itself was not a major talking point. Rumors ahead of the event claimed the Pixel and Pixel XL would launch with Android 7.1 Nougat. We can now confirm that these devices will be the first with this currently unreleased version of Android.

So what does Android 7.1 bring? Most of the new features are exclusive to the Pixel phones. They include the launcher, Google Assistant, a support service, unlimited Google Photos back-up, and a new Smart Storage feature. Some of the other changes include visual tweaks in the navbar, theming, and a dynamic calendar icon.

Android devices not named Pixel will be getting a new Night Light feature (Night Mode), touch improvements, Daydream VR support, gestures for fingerprint scanners, and more. We don’t know when Android 7.1 will roll-out to non-Pixel devices.

[via The Verge]

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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