The long-awaited release of Android 7.1 Nougat has spawned numerous speculations as to when the latest mobile OS will be released. The previous version 7.0 has been rolled out to most devices, but has been riddled with bugs. Now, the 7.1.1 version finally has a definite release date, specifically for Nexus phones.
A statement from Vodafone Australia said that Nexus phones will have the Android 7.1.1 update on December 6. On this date, Google plans to roll out all the necessary patches to correct previous bugs and security issues, as well as the new features to be expected on the Nougat. The whole update package will weigh in at more or less 650 MB.
The date was set for the Nexus 6P, but some speculate that related models like the Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and even the Pixel C will get the update at about the same time. Other phone models that could run the latest OS are expected to get the update 2 weeks after the official release for Nexus.
In addition, many know that Pixel and Pixel XL phones already run 7.1, but they are not exempted from the updates. They will still need their monthly security patches which will be rolled out sometime in December.
Android 7.1 Developer Preview Version Available
For those who cannot wait for the release, there is also a Developer Preview Version of the latest OS. This is compatible for Nexus 6P and 5X. However, users are advised to wait for the official over-the-air updates as Developer previews contain the risk of incomplete or missing features. This may compromise the security of your phone or even completely damage it.
Truly, Android 7.1 is a highly-anticipated OS, as evidenced by the numerous things developers do to get their hands on it earlier than others. There are even custom ROMs made to emulate the features of a genuine Nougat — still, it is good news that popular models are getting an official update really soon.
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