Android 7.1 Release Date Announced: Security Patch & Updates Available for Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 6P and Others On December 6

By Ivy Tongson, Parent Herald November 26, 07:22 pm

A carrier's website revealed the release date for Android 7.1 is set to launch on December 6. The updates will only be available on a few mobile devices and will progressively roll out to other handsets in the coming days while the security patch will be launched a day before, on December 5.

Last month, Google officially rolled out Android 7.1 Nougat for Pixel phones. It also announced a release date sometime in December for the general public. Now, Android users don't need to wait for long as the exact the exact date of release is already confirmed by Vodafone Australia in its recent announcement.  

On December 6, mobile phone models such as Nexus 5X, 6P, Pixel C and Nexus 9 will finally get the Android 7.1.1 version of Nougat at 5 p.m. AEST. However, this is only confirmed for Australia as Vodafone announced, reported GSMArena.

Android 7.1.1 will also be progressively released to other devices after December 6. For day 1-3, only 10,000 phones will be randomly selected to get software updates and will be notified via FOTA Push Message. On day 4-13, the other 10% of the remaining devices will get the latest version and users must manually check for updates. After day 13, Android 7.1.1 will be available to all mobile handsets.

A day before Android 7.1.1 is released to the general public, the security patch is set to launch on December 5 which coincides with its Monday scheduled launches. Aside from the standard software update, some features of Android 7.1.1 include data saving measures, Google assistant support, app shortcuts for developers and image keyboard support. The software update is approximately 650MB.

It is not yet confirmed whether the roll out will also be available to the rest of the world. Users in Australia, however, can expect an update starting December 5 for security patch and on December 6 for the operating system. 


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