Android Nougat 7.1 set for developer release this month

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The latest version of Android is set for developer release later this month, according to reports.

Nougat 7.1 will be released in beta for developers using one of Google’s Nexus devices. It will be released to the public in early December, but will initially only be available on certain devices produced by Google, including the new Pixel smartphone.

The latest version of Nougat will give developers the chance to improve the functionality of their apps. It will allow them to implement a number of new features, including the ability to create circular app icons. These will fit the Pixel’s new launcher system.

Developers will also be able to reduce the number of taps it takes users to access their apps, with the introduction of custom dynamic shortcuts. With the update, developers will also have the chance to send users to a special settings page that will give them the option of freeing up space by deleting unused files.

Nougat 7.1 will also support image keyboards, allowing users to insert stickers or gifs into apps.

When it was launched, Nougat offered the public the chance to use two languages at once. This will likely continue to be a useful tool for businesses operating across borders.

Nougat also allowed users to use two apps side by side for the first time. Android also aimed to make switching between apps easier, with just a double tap needed. This feature makes it possible to have a to-do list open whilst emailing a contact or to watch a video whilst checking social media.

Battery life saw an improvement with an update to Doze, Android’s unique feature designed to save power. Nougat allows the phone to go into low power mode even whilst in a user’s pocket or bag.