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Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update Now Rolling Out for Select Nexus Devices

android-7-1-1-updateAs revealed by a leak last month, Google has started to roll out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to select Nexus and Pixel devices. According to Google, the new update “showcases more ways to express yourself, along with a handful of other sweet features and improvements to stability and performance.” The Android 7.1.1 update brings many of the cool features from the Pixel smartphones to the older devices.

The update includes all the new emojis that were launched with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones a few weeks back. These new emojis promote gender equality by reflecting the pivotal roles women play in the world, and represent a wider range of professions for both women and men. Another cool new feature is the ability to send GIFs directly from the keyboard on supported apps such as Google Allo, Google Messenger and Hangouts.

Now let us talk about the third and final key feature of the new Android 7.1.1 update. After installing the update, you will be able to launch actions on your favorite apps simply by long pressing the app icon. That means you can jump directly into an existing conversation on Google Messenger or start a new one, straight from the app icon. While we’re not sure about the first two, this feature should make life a lot easier for a lot of users out there.

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Starting today, the update will be pushed out to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) through the OTA route. The update will be rolled out in phases, so it might take several weeks to reach all Nexus and Pixel units around the world. All devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program are also eligible to receive the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat factory images are now available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, and the Nexus Player. If you can’t wait for the OTA update to arrive, you can head over to the Google Developers page here and install the update on your device.

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