Updated: December 10, 2016 9:20:04 am
Google released Android 7.1.1 for Pixel and select Nexus devices earlier this week. Now, the latest software update has started seeding for Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X owners in India. Google is also rolling out the update to Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones as well. Android 7.1.1 is free to download, and available over-the-air (OTA).
We installed this update on the Nexus 6P; we also have it running on a Pixel XL and another Nexus 5X has also got the OTA. Read our guide to installing Android 7.1.1 for a step-by-step explanation of how you can get the latest software on your Nexus phone.
Step 1: Backup your data
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Before you download Android 7.1.1 on the device, make sure the phone is fully backed up. Take it as a statutory warning. This is a stable release, but it’s not perfect. No one would feel happy to lose data if something goes wrong during the update process. So, it is better to backup your files, videos, and images to Google Drive or else save it on the computer.
Check if the phone’s built-in backup feature has been enabled or not. To make the backup feature on, simply go to ‘Settings’>’Backup and reset’ and don’t forget to check both ‘Backup my data’ and ‘Automatic restore’.
Step 2: Check for the update
Once you’re sure your data has been properly secured, it’s time to hit the download button. In all possibility, you might get a notification to download Android 7.1.1. Or you can manually check the software update. You can go to ‘Setting’, choose ‘Phone status’, then ‘System updates’. You can either install the update immediately or later.
Step 3: Downloading Android 7.1.1
Android 7.1.1 is not such a big update at around 619.5MB. Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 50 per cent or the phone is connected to a charger at the time of the update. Also, the phone has to be connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection. Do not try to update it over a cellular network, it will suck your data completely. Be cautious!
Once you have updated your Nexus device, you are probably wondering what is new Android 7.1.1. Here’s a quick look at the new features.
App shortcuts: Remember Apple’s 3D Touch – press and hold the app icon and get a list of specific actions. The Pixel Launcher – the default home screen on Pixel smartphone- does support the feature. Android 7.1.1 is bringing App shortcuts to select Nexus devices, including the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6.
Reset button: Now there’s a reset button in the power menu. When you press and hold the power button on a Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X you will notice a reset button.
Smart Storage: It automatically removes old backed-up photos/videos from the phone to clear up space. The feature was originally available on Google Pixel smartphones.
New camera app: Camera features new to the selected Nexus devices are automatic Exposure, Viewfinder grid modes, Smart Burst and AE/FE locking.
New emojis: Android 7.1.1 is also coming with the new emoji collection available in both genders.
Support tab: Now you can access Google support from the settings screen. This is also an option that is there on the Pixel phones.
Moves menu: A couple of gesture control options called Moves have made their way to Android 7.1.1. For instance, you can launch the camera by pressing the power button twice, or lift your phone to quickly glance your notifications.
Image keyboard: A new feature that lets you choose and send stickers, emojis and even GIFs and images from your messaging app of choice. This new feature has been added within Google’s Allo and Messenger app.
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