Originally meant to be distributed as the 7.1 update, the extra “.1” (7.1.1) teaches us that this update not only includes the new features planned from the beginning but also a patch which fixes newly found bugs in the version.
The update itself is an incremental update adding a handful of new features to the operating system, the purpose of which, says Google is to showcase “more ways to express yourself”.
Devices That Will Receive The Update
Some of the new features in 7.1.1 were already existing in Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones, therefore it’s no surprise that owners of these devices are going to be among the first ones to get the update.
Other devices that will also get the update, starting today and over the next several weeks are: Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One).
All of which shall receive the 7.1.1 version through OTA (Over The Air) update.
Moreover, devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version too.
On the open source side of things, Google also made sure to release the source code to the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) so that device makers can get their hands on the latest version of Android.
One group that certainly enjoys having their hands on the code is of course CyanogenMod, which didn’t even wait for the official announcement and already offer their CM 14.1 ROM based on Android 7.1 – CyanogenMod Starts Releasing Its First CM14.1 ROMs.