Android 7.1 Preview Comes to Phones & Tablets

At Google’s press event two weeks ago, they announced their new phones would be coming with an all new version of the operating system, Android 7.1.

To help developers get early access to the software and start adding support in their apps, Google has just published the first developer preview for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C. These devices, along with the new Pixel phones, will be able to run the OS directly along with support in the emulator.

You’ll notice the Nexus Player is missing from the list. That’s not too surprising. As we mentioned in our “Quick Look” article, none of the new features seemed like they’d come to Android TV.

An example of Launcher shortcuts working in the new emulator
An example of Launcher shortcuts working in the new emulator

However, developers can now start playing with circular app icons, the image keyboard APIs, and launcher shortcuts.

This is API level 25, which apps will be able to compile against after you update your build tools in the SDK manager.

Google has helpfully posted a list of differences in API 25.

API version 25 is actually feature complete already. Unlike Nougat, which spent many months solely as a preview, developers can publish apps with API 25 support right now.

The final version of this update is expected sometime early next year (just in time for Android O to start preview), so it’s possible the Nexus Player will get an update. Until then, there’s nothing new for us to talk about.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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