Less than two weeks after Google unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL running Android 7.1, the company has now officially announced Android 7.1. The first Developer Preview of the maintenance release of Nougat will be dropping later this month.
Along with new APIs (API level 25), Android 7.1 brings with it some minor new features that help in improving the overall experience of using the OS. Some notable new changes and additions in Android 7.1 include Daydream support, A/B system updates, App shortcuts API, image keyboard support, new APIs for multi-endpoint calling, and more.
A mini changelog as provided by Google is as follows:
- App shortcuts API — lets you surface key actions directly in the launcher and take your users deep into your app instantly. You can create up to 5 shortcuts, either statically or dynamically.
- Circular app icons support — lets you provide great-looking rounded icon resources that match the look of Pixel and other launchers.
- Enhanced live wallpaper metadata — lets you provide metadata about your live wallpapers to any picker displaying the wallpapers as a preview. You can show existing metadata such as label, description, and author, as well as a new context URL and title to link to more information.
- Image keyboard support — expands the types of content that users can enter from their keyboards, letting them express themselves through custom stickers, animated gifs, and more. Apps can tell the keyboard what types of content they accept, and keyboards can deliver all of the images and other content that they offer to the user. For broad compatibility, this API will also be available in the support library.
- Storage manager Intent — lets an app take the user directly to a new Settings screen to clear unused files and free up storage space on the device.
The Developer Preview of Android 7.1 will be available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C. When the final release of Android 7.1.x drops in “early December”, Google will be rolling out the update for all supported Nexus and Pixel devices.[Via Android Developers Blog]