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Android 7.1 announced – Here’s how to get it for your Nexus 5X and 6P

Google has announced Android 7.1 will begin rolling out to beta testers later this month.

The first ‘incremental’ update for Android Nougat will arrive as a developer preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P smartphones and Pixel C tablet users.

A full consumer release is expected in December.

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So, what’s within the update? Google says it’ll bring support for Daydream VR, although none of the devices listed above are officially Daydream-ready.

Bummer.

So is there anything to really look forward to?

Well, the release will bring support for circular icons as seen on the new Pixel phones. The App Shortcuts API, which delivers Google’s version of 3D touch is also coming to Android 7.1

There’s also “Image Keyboard Support,” which will make it easier to post stickers and GIFs, et al.

Storage manager intent will also allow Android phone owners to free up storage space on their devices by clicking a menu option within apps. That’ll take them straight a settings page enabling them to clear unused files.

Anyone can sign up for the Android Beta program. You can enroll here.

The new Pixel phones will be the first to launch with Android 7.1 out of the box.

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