Update 12/27: Following a small update aimed at devices on UK carriers, Verizon has just listed a new build (NMF26U) for the Pixel and Pixel XL. This update is likely minor with release notes only mentioning security patches. Interestingly, the Google Developer site has not been updated with links to the factory image or OTA.


Following a brief developer preview, Android 7.1.1 is now available for Nexus and Pixel devices. The update brings features that have been on the Pixel since October to current Nexus and Android One devices, as well as the Pixel C. Meanwhile, the Pixel and Pixel XL gain some new Moves and other bug fixes.

Nintendo Switch

App shortcuts provide quick access to key actions and are brought up by long pressing on the icon from anywhere in the launcher. Gboard-like features are finally making their way into Android with image keyboards that allow for GIF search and entry. Other features include new emoji, enhanced live wallpaper support, and better VR performance.

With 7.1 available on the Pixel since October, many developers have already updated their apps to support the latest features. All of Google’s major services and quite a few third-party apps have shortcuts, while Google Keyboard has support for GIFs in Hangouts and Messenger.

Since launch, Pixel users have encountered several bug, including with Band 4 and several camera issues. Release notes from carriers like Verizon cite several specific bug fixes and “General connectivity improvements.” As already seen in an OTA that rolled out in Canada, two new Moves allow you to double-tap to check phone and lift to check phone.

This update also brings the December security patch that features fixes 40 vulnerabilities ranging from severe to moderate. The full download and OTA links are below. If you need help, check out our guides on how to flash a factory image or sideload an OTA.

About the Author