Android 7.1 Developer Preview Incremental Release

Android 7.1 Developer Preview comes with new features like app shortcuts and image keyboard support, updated SDK, tools, emulators and device system images.

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A developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat includes an updated SDK and tools, documentation and samples, as well as emulators and device system images for running apps on supported devices.

With N series contiuning to develop, the incremental release highlight incldue: "beta of the initial Developer Preview for Nexus lineup of devices," "new final API Level 25," "now publish app updates that use API 25 to alpha, beta, or even production channels in the Google Play Developer Console." In this way, "push app updates to users whose devices are running Android 7.1, such as Pixel and Android Beta devices," google said.

To get started, download Android Studio 2.2.2 and API Level 25 platform, emulator system images and tools.

Once you've installed API Level 25 SDK, Google explains that developers should "update their project's compileSdkVersion to 25 to build and test against new APIs," and for compatibility testing, they're advised to "update app's targetSdkVersion to 25."

For adding app shortcuts or circular launcher icons, Android Studio's built-in Image Asset Studio will help quickly create material design icons.

And, the Google APIs Emulator System images shipped with Level 25 SDK include support for round icons and new Google Pixel Launcher.

The Google API system image allows you to test how your app's circular app icons look in devices that support circular icons.

Also, the new system images with Android Emulator also help to test enhanced preview metadata in Android 7.1 of live wallpapers.

Messenger and Google Keyboard apps included in this preview system images support new API, and can be use to add image keyboard support.

Android Support Library updated to 25.0.0, lets you add image keyboard support with compatibility back to API level 13. It also introduces BottomNavigationView widget, "which implements bottom navigation pattern from the material design guidelines," google added.

The final API Level 25 SDK is available for download through the SDK Manager in Android Studio.

Those who've already enrolled in the Android Beta program, will get Android 7.1 Developer Preview update right away. However, you can still manually download and flash this update.

Android 7.1 use Image Asset tool to quickly create circular icon assets. Android 7.1 Nougat: use the Android Emulator in Android Studio to test your circular app icons & shortcuts in a launcher

To maximize your app's revenue potential, check out the Google Play policies to see if your app violates Google policy, as ad serving can be disabled. The Developer Policy Center includes:

  • policies organized by themes, such as Monetization & Ads, Privacy & Security and Restricted Content
  • visual examples and detailed guidelines for most common violations
  • simplified layout help navigating more intuitively on mobile or desktop
  • updates section inform of recent additions to Google Play policy

You can select a specific policy to learn more about it here, or watch the video below to learn more about Google Play policy in the "10 tips to stay on the right side of Google Play policy":