Android’s next incremental upgrade has officially been outed. It will still be called Nougat, but it will move up a point to 7.1.

So, what’s going on in this API of APIs (#25)?

Well, for one, developers have a new app shortcuts API that lets users go to up to five specific functions of an app directly from a homescreen shortcut. Circular icon assets are also coming into play — because #aesthetic — and there’s also richer metadata disclosure for those offering up live wallpapers. Apps can soon communicate with image keyboards to better optimize the experience between both things. There’s also A/B update loading, Daydream VR support, new settings shortcuts and APIs for advanced telephony.

Nowhere in the post on the Android Developers Blog does it mention that Google Assistant would be integrated into the device’s filesystem, just as it’s on for the Pixel phones.

We don’t have a hard date on when those on the Android Beta Program, — still supporting the Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, Player, some Android One devices and all the Android-running Pixels out there — but you can hop onto this link to enroll your device in it to get easy-to-handle over-the-air software updates.

The long road to commercial launch is a while away, but those devices above should get the final release sometime in December.

Source: Android

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