We have some solid evidence about the arrival of Android 7.1 for Nexus devices. Apparently Vodafone Australia has spilled the beans with details of a December 6 release date for the Nexus 6P.
The timeline makes sense, as Google unveiled the final developer preview of Android 7.1 on Nov. 22. Security patches are usually in the early part of the month, and the timeline of a few weeks to finalize the Nougat release is consistent with Google’s previous statements about the schedule.
The update will be called Android 7.1.1 when it’s released as it also incorporates some bug fixes and optimizations since the Pixel launched with 7.1. Google’s Pixel will also get the update to 7.1.1 in December alongside the Nexus updates, to avoid confusion about version numbers.
Such updates usually come in waves that take about two weeks to reach everyone. So if you have a Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, or Pixel C you may need to exhibit patience or flash the software manually when it arrives.
Why this matters: Android 7.1 has a lot of cool, new features that will make your Nexus more delightful to use. Google has made good on the promise to bring some of the latest Pixel features (sans the Google Assistant and custom launcher) to the last generation of devices, which may keep some of the hardcore Nexus fans happy for now. But the future is clearly the Pixel, so if you crave the absolute latest from Google then at some point you may wish to upgrade.