Google said that it has started rolling out the developer preview of Android Nougat version 7.1, that features home screen app shortcuts, support for the circular home screen icons, and image keyboards. Google said this release would come out later in the month, now Google has followed through on that promise.
Earlier this month Google unveiled Android 7.1 Nougat and many of features which are included on the new Pixel smartphone. However, many of those features are exclusive to the Google’s new phone. Those with select Nexus devices can enjoy a few of them though.
Android 7.1 Nougat brings with it support for the Daydream VR, which is Google’s next step into virtual reality platforms after the simplistic but otherwise functional Google Cardboard, and app shortcuts, rounded app icons and enhanced live wallpaper metadata. The OS update will also come out with image keyboard support, which opens up the ability for the developers to make tweaks to enable users to add new types of content using the keyboard such as GIFs and stickers, and also a new storage-saving tool.
In order to get the developer preview, you can sign up for company’s Android Beta Program, which was announced earlier this year, and also receive the update over-the-air. You can also choose to download the factory image for the preview from Android website and flash it to your compatible device.
This release is part of Android application programming interface level 25, and developers targeting that application programming interface version can now submit apps for the inclusion in the Google Play Store, Burke wrote. The software development kit
(SDK) for this application programming interface version is available through the SDK manager in the Android Studio integrated development environment. The preview system images for this developer preview contain Messenger and the Google Keyboard apps, Burke wrote, ‘for the testing as they include support for this new application programming interface.’
There’s still no word on when the exact date of the official release of Android 7.1 Nougat will be though, with the release date likely to be vary depending on how well the preview versions of the operating system update perform.