The latest version of Android, 7.1.1 Nougat, is ready to roll out to selected smartphones in the next few weeks - and we have a glimpse of some of the new features it’ll bring to our gadgets.
It's first going to arrive on the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and any compatible phone enrolled in the Android Beta Program. After that, it'll hopefully start rolling out to other Android devices too.
This time around, Google is adding a few features that truly sweeten the Nougat deal.
For a start, those diverse emoji are on the way, featuring women doing interesting professions and emoji in more skin tones.
It's hopped on the GIF train too, letting you now search for and send the animated pictures in your Hangouts, Allo, and Google Messenger conversations.
You'll also get better app shortcuts from the home screen. Long-pressing an icon will give you more actions to jump to directly - long-pressing the Messenger icon can give you the option to go straight to a recent conversation, for instance.
Android has also figured out a way to reduce the size of app updates by about 65%. So now when your apps need updating, it'll eat up less data, thanks to a new 'file-by-file' patching system.
That's on top of the features already present in the basic Android Nougat (7.0), which has already begun its rollout, such as multi-window apps, longer-lasting batteries, and support for Vulkan and Daydream.
Android 7.1.1 is expected to start rolling out in the next few weeks.
Source: Google Blog