Android 7.1.1, an update to Nougat bringing more ways to express yourself, along with a handful of other sweet features and improvements to stability and performance rolling out to Pixel begining Monday Dec 5.
This is an incremental release builded on the features already available on Pixel and Pixel XL devices, with additional new features for consumers as well as optimizations. Bug fixes are base on top of the Android 7.1 platform (API level 25).
Among other new features, the new gender equality emoji along with new female welders and men getting haircuts emoji's launched to Pixel phones earlier are now available to all devices running Android 7.1.1.
Those want to express themselves, can now send GIFs directly on supported apps such as Google Allo, Google Messenger and Hangouts using the keyboard.
Android 7.1.1 also adds app shortcuts directly on the home screen, and long pressing the app icon will launch apps, such as Twitter or Google Maps. Or, jump directly into an existing conversation on Google Messenger or start an entirely new one - all straight from the app icon.
Google said, that over the next several weeks, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be rolling out to the "Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C." And General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over the air (OTA) software update.
Additionally, devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.
Also, enabling device makers and third-party developers, Google pusblished the source code of Android 7.1.1 to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Developer features such as app shortcuts, round icon resources, and image keyboard support, among others are included in this release.
You can find an overview of all of the Android Nougat developer resources here, including details on the core Android 7.0 Nougat behavior changes and developer features.c
With the 7.1.1 reaches final stage, the platform and build tools in Android Studio, as well as the API Level 25 emulator system images are updated as well.
The latest version of the support library (25.0.1) is now available to add image keyboard support, bottom navigation, and other features for devices running API Level 25 or earlier.
Also, downloadable factory and OTA images on the Nexus Images page are released to help you do final testing on your Pixel and Nexus devices.