Android 7.1 Developer Preview

The Google Pixel phones have been the talk of the town recently with both the devices, Pixel and Pixel XL getting a lot of positive feedback from those who have been lucky enough to get their hands on them. For now, these are the only two devices that come with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Starting from today, Google has started rolling out the Developer Preview version of Android 7.1 for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the Pixel C.

Unfortunately, Nexus 6 and Nexus Player users would not be getting the update at this point in time. Here’s a highlight of some of the new changes that will be coming once you have loaded Android 7.1 on your devices:

  • 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 wallpaper metadata — lets you provide metadata about your 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.

Android 7.1 Developer Preview

For those of you who own any of the aforementioned supported devices can get a taste of the new Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview starting from today. Would you like to give it a try? Let us know in the comments below. Cheers!!