Google Pixel will be holding out some features from Android 7.1 Nougat

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Google Pixel was the star of Google’s October 4th show, completely overshadowing Android 7.1 Nougat. In fact, Google barely mentioned the update at all, except that Pixel will be the first device to run the newest OS ahead of the Nexus line.

Turns out, a big reason for that is that many of the newest features that were shown off with the Pixel were Pixel features and not Android features.

The unlimited photo storage backup, for instance, is going to remain exclusive to the Google Pixel. It’s a big selling point for anyone that uses their phone for photography, especially right beside Apple’s premium iCloud pricing. The camera app is also tightly integrated into Pixel’s hardware, so it kind of makes sense for that to skip the Nexus devices.

However, other features, like Google Assistant, will be absent from the Android 7.1 upgrade. It’s improved over Google Now (which is currently available to pretty much all Android devices by default) and acts more like a digital assistant. Think Cortana or Siri with the ability to actually hold a conversation and not just answer questions.

Despite Google Assistant being exclusive to Pixel right now, Google does want to bring that to as many people as possible. So think of that as a timed exclusive and not a permanent thing, just as a way to push the Pixel and Pixel XL early on.

The good news is that you’ll still see some improvements with 7.1, even if it’ll leave you a little jealous of new Pixel owners.

source: TechCrunch


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • Farhan Ali

    That’s some hoe shit for not including Google assistant. The only reason I have a nexus is so I can get new Android features first smh

    • MAS Googler

      It’s not an Android feature. It’s a Google app. Google & Android aren’t the same thing.

  • Dishant

    It’s really disappointing that we r not getting the the Google assistant atleast the Nexus users should get it

    • MAS Googler

      No, Nexus is a stock Android device. These are Google features, not stock Android features.

  • Sidney

    I’m not surprised that these things are only for pixel. It should be. Otherwise there’s nothing setting the pixel apart from the Nexus, which would put them back into the old circle of having no special features to set it apart