Google has just announced that Android 7.1.1 has started rolling out to Android phones and provide a lot of those features to more users. Specifically, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G will all start getting the latest version of Android soon.
Google has also added updated support for its image keyboard, that making it easy to find and send pictures or GIFs without having to leave the messaging app on Android.
There’s also the addition of 3D Touch like app shortcuts that can be accessed from homescreen.
Google explains: ‘Launch actions on your favorite apps, such as Google Maps or Twitter, by simply long pressing the app icon. Just jump directly into an existing conversation on the Google Messenger or start an entirely new one – all straight from the app icon’.
Android is also diversifying its emoji range to offer a wider selection of professions for women. Android owners can also customise their messages and tweets with chemists, female farmers and coders in a variety of skin tones to make emoji more inclusive for everyone.
As usual with Android rollouts, this won’t hit all phones at once. Google says it will become available ‘over the next several weeks.’ But if you do not want to wait, you can just enroll your device in the Android Beta preview program, and just receive the update much quicker.
Build numbers for Android 7.1.1 devices individually follow:
- Nexus 6P: NMF26F (all carriers except Verizon)
- Nexus 5X: NMF26F
- Nexus 9 / 9 LTE: NMF26F
- Pixel / Pixel XL: NMF26O
- Nexus Player: NMF26J
- Pixel C: NMF26H