Earlier this month Google launched the Pixel and Pixel XL devices which were pre-installed with Android 7.1 Nougat. According to a recent blog post, the company will offer the Developer Preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C quite soon.
For developers, Android 7.1 adds new capabilities to help you drive engagement in your app and deliver an improved user experience, such as:
* App shortcuts API – lets you surface key actions directly in the launcher and take your users deep into your app instantly. You can create up to 5 shortcuts, either statically or dynamically.
* Circular app icons support – lets you provide great-looking rounded icon resources that match the look of Pixel and other launchers.
* Enhanced wallpaper metadata – lets you provide metadata about your wallpapers to any picker displaying the wallpapers as a preview. You can show existing metadata such as label, description, and author, as well as a new context URL and title to link to more information.
You can also expect some other features from the new operating system including image keyboard support and storage manager intent. The final version should be arriving in early December.