Google’s new Pixel smartphone just launched earlier and like any newly launched smartphone today it’s packed with a myriad of features. What makes the Pixel unique though, is the fact that it’s the first device to have Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. This however, left Nexus and Pixel C users in a bind.
Purchasing a Nexus device supposedly puts users first in line for new Android updates. With 7.1 out on the Pixel phone, Nexus owners can only wonder when they might receive the update. Fortunately, that might be as soon as the end of this year. Unfortunately though, it will only be a developer preview build.
To further add to the misfortune, the version of Android 7.1 that will be on the pre-Pixel devices will not include all features found on the one that’s on the Pixel. But of course, that is to be expected as these features are a selling point for the new Pixel phone.
So what exactly will be included with the update for older devices? Daydream VR support will likely implemented in the update as it’ll make more people to jump on Google’s new Daydream VR View Headset. The seamless update feature on the Pixel that allows new updates to be installed in the background might also find its way to the older devices as well.
While it is mostly speculation at this point, it is almost certain that the Pixel Launcher, along with its new navigation buttons, will be exclusive to the Pixel. The support tab that provides 24-hour customer service is another feature likely to remain on the Pixel.
The 7.1 update will probably find its way to the newer Nexus 5X and 6P but it’s hard to say the same for the more aged Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Even so, it’s nice to know that older Nexus and Pixel C owners won’t be left too far behind.
[Source: Android Police]