GOOGLE’S next mobile software – Android 7.1 Nougat – is heading for a public release later this month, here’s everything you can expect to see.
Google has revealed more details about Android 7.1 Nougat – its most powerful smartphone software to date.
The newest version of Android will be launched as a developer preview later this month for users with one of its Nexus devices.
This comes ahead of a public release in early December, although only certain Google-made devices will be able to access it to begin with, including the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
Android 7.1 Nougat will bring a number of improvements to Google’s mobile software, which marked a major step forward for the company.
This includes the ability for app developers to create circular app icons, allowing them to fit in with the new Pixel launcher system.
Apps will also be able to take the user directly to a new Settings screen to clear unused files and free up storage space on the device.
Developers will also be able to cut down on the number of steps it takes consumer to access their apps, with the Nougat update allowing up to five static or dynamic shortcuts.
The Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview will be available later this month for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C devices, with other smartphones set to follow soon.
The final release of the software, which should be ready by early December, will go live on the Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, Player, Pixel C, as well as certain Android One devices.
The software will also pack in the wide range of features that appeared for the first time in Android 7.0 Nougat.