What’s new in Android 7.1.1 Nougat


Following the release of Android 7.1.1 on its developer site, Google is detailing what the newest version of Android includes.

Communication is the primary focus for Android 7.1.1 on Pixel and Nexus devices in addition to the expected range of stability and performance improvements.

Now when you unlock your device and see the home screen, you can long-press an app icon for quick options. These launch actions are familiar if you’ve used an iOS device in recent years, but Google doesn’t need a special Force Touch-like motor within Android devices to mock the capabilities Apple offers. It’s as simple as holding your finger down on an app icon and seeing what options appear.

Compatible apps for launch actions include Phone, Google Messenger, Google Keep, Chrome, Google Camera, Play Store, Twitter, Google Calendar, Google Photos, Gmail, Google Maps, Hangouts, Google Play Music, and more,

If you’re using Google Keyboard, your device gains access to GIFs without ever switching apps. Google Keyboard has its own library of GIFs to be used within Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts.

These features may have already been live on your Pixel, but Google says everything is rolling out widely and to Nexus devices as well.


There’s a new set of emojis, too, featuring men and women in various professions to promote gender equality worldwide.

An over-the-air software update containing Android 7.1.1 Nougat will roll out to the Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and General 4G over the next couple of weeks.

Source: Google

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Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • Paladin

    But with iOS you have a two-stage pressure sensitive touch. It’s not the same thing as holding your finger on an icon to bring up a list of actions. iOS and Android have had apps that could do that for years. But keep trying, Android. You WILL have to get a better touch screen to simulate the iOS though. And then only one brand will have it because Android is so fragmented.

    • http://www.TracksAndHorizons.com ecaggiani

      The point is that the pressure sensitive screen is not required to replicate the functionality. No special hardware needed.

      • Paladin

        You’re not entirely right. While we have always been able to program icons to do certain things by pressing and holding them, to get the two stage pressure sensitive press that apple has, android will have to get a better much more expensive touch screen, and they’ll have to do it at all the manufacturers. We know that will never happen because android is so fragmented. Android will never be able to replicate the functionality of the iPhone without different hardware .. What they are doing is just a work-around that does not really duplicate the iPhone experience, but people like you will claim it does until you can test them side by side and see what the real difference is. I have both. Sorry, it doesn’t work like iPhone.

  • Android

    I love how Google has the highest rated camera AND unlimited photo and video at full resolution all accessible on the cloud….whereas Apple offers 32, 128, or 256 storage on your phone – so you have to pick/choose what makes the cut… Then you also have the same interface and the same 1 button – Awesome! Don’t get me wrong….Apples is very good and fast….with the apps/interface they want. You can have different cases to customize your phone in apple – that’s nice….Android lets you customize everything and anything.