Android Nougat 7.1.1 DP 2
The Come Up
While Android Nougat had been officially launched and released back in August of this year there are still phones that are not updated to Android 7.0 yet. Not so sure why the OEMs and carriers are not pushing 7.0 out to the masses. But while Android 7.1.1. DP2 is available to those owners on a Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus 5X and a Nexus 6P there will be some phones and other devices way behind and still trying to play catch up. The OEMs and carriers are still releasing phones with Android 6.0 and 6.0.1 with outdated security patches and lesser enhancements and improvements.
But some phones and devices now at the end of this month and just in time for holidays were receiving the Android Nougat treatment such as the Nextbit Robin and HTC10. We knew the LG V20 was the first Android phone out the box to get Android 7.0 and now Sprint's HTC10 Bolt is another exclusive phone or device to get it. Samsung has finally released their beta version and so did Huawei for the Honor 8. Slowly but surely we are starting to see Nougat pick up to those lucky users that have these particular devices.
But what about those who won't upgrade to the newest devices such as Pixels and v20s and HTC10 Bolts and so on? There is these things called "Android Beta Progams" "Roms" and "Launchers" that give you a little taste of the Nougat. Roms are the devices that have unlocked bootloaders and that root ready. Plus not all things work with root. So you must think about that before you root your main device. The launchers touch up your homescreens and sometimes app icons and settings tools. This won't damage your main device at all. So give the app launchers a try. Now the last thing a consumer might want to try is the Android Beta Programs. Now this has been around for a couple years now where you can sign up to a beta of your device software to try and test out what's to come off the final build. Although it was recommended that just developers use it for testing out their apps and widget layouts to how well the apps and system run, consumers are more than welcome to join as a member of the beta programs that are available from their favorite OEMs. Just a fast reminder as well that betas aren't final build. If you find any issues or problems the developers are more than welcomed to hear from you. Thats the full short story behind the latest and setbacks. Now what can you and should expect from the Android 7.1.1 DP2 beta?
Whats New in Android 7.1!
In the Android 7.1.1 DP2 aka Andorid 7.1 on the Pixels, there are some minor improvements and fixes and additional features. For the Google Pixels, you will be getting Lift to Check Phone and Double Tap to Wake alongside the November security patch. While on the Nexus 5X and 6P were only showing "Lift to Wake" and security patch update.
That was about it, from what I could get out of the update. There may be more under the hood. Really haven't seen any battery improvements with this update nor notice better performance. The full version of Android 7.1.1 should be coming out very very very soon. So, if you want to wait to get the OTA update, you won't have much longer. But if you own a device that is available to try the beta version out you can do so now.
For those of you that have run the Android 7.1 DP2, what are your thoughts on the improvements and updates? You can leave your feedbacks in the comment section below.
All Running on Android Nougat
Android 7.1.1 DP1 Overview
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