It’s hard to declare a smartphone perfect, but the Pixel is starting to feel pretty darn close with the latest update pushed out this week. With Android 7.1.1, you get a nice lift-to-wake and screen knock feature that vastly improves the convenience.
Along with those updates, both Pixel and Nexus devices get a number of bug fixes that should bring you an even smoother experience.
Each week, we round up all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and security holes.
Pixel, Pixel XL: This is a particularly welcome update as it fills in what felt like a couple of missing pieces with Google’s phone. There are now two new “moves” available to you: wake to lift and double tapping the screen to bring it out of the slumber. Look for build number NMF260 if you’re going to install the update yourself. Google and Verizon phones should be getting the update now, which also promises performance enhancements.
Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, Player, Pixel C: Google has kept to its promise to keep updating existing hardware. Android 7.1.1 is rolling out to these devices, bringing support for round icons, GIF access in the Google Keyboard, and app shortcuts.
As always, you can get the builds directly from Google. You’ll find the following build numbers available:
- Pixel C: NMF26H
- Nexus 6P: NMF26F (all carriers except Verizon)
- Nexus 5X: NMF26F
- Nexus 9 / 9 LTE: NMF26F
- Nexus Player: NMF26J
Droid Turbo: It’s truly better late than never for Marshmallow. A Verizon update brings features that a lot of other phones have had for a while, but you do get the latest tools in Moto Display. This offers a tap to wake feature and attempts to streamline notifications for easier access.
Look for an over-the-air update directly from Verizon.
LG Leon: This phone probably didn’t sell a ton, but support for all devices in a company’s lineup is always welcome. T-Mobile says you’ll get Android 6.0.1 and the December security patch.