Android 7.0 Nougat was launched this Monday with update gradually rolling out to different devices, first in line being Nexus devices. Further, according to the reports, Google is already planning to release the first maintenance update with the name Android 7.1. While the maximum we got last year was Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, this year Google is planning to release MR1 (Maintenance Release 1) through developer preview system. Also, Google will be releasing these updates quarterly.
According to Nate Benis from XDA Developers, the MR1 is likely to come with improved Google Assistant, the recently leaked Nexus Launcher, and redesigned button layout as well. Google released the Android 7.0 update before the actual launch of Nexus devices this year, but this update is likely to come with the launch of the new Nexus Devices.
“With Google’s announcements today of doing quarterly maintenance releases leads me to believe the upcoming Nexus devices are going to be launched alongside MR1. Probably around the same time they were last year. Current version of Android N that is being pushed to Nexus devices is based on developer preview 5 and does not have any of the “proprietary features android police and myself have been leaking” expect a developer preview of MR1 with these changes soon,” according to Benis.
Also, if rumours are to be believed, this year Google is likely to dump the brand ‘Nexus’ and the new phones from Google are likely to come with its own branding.
Furthermore, according to Android Police, the new update can also bring the previously talked about API 25 update.
Meanwhile, if you own a valid Nexus Device, follow our Guide on How To Install Android Nougat on a Nexus Device.