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.