Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P

Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 goes live for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 and Pixel C

Google has just released Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 files for a handful of current Nexus and Pixel devices. Factory images and OTA .zip files are available now for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and Nexus 9. If you don’t want to flash it manually, you should receive the update sometime in the coming week if you’re enrolled in the Android Beta Program.

The new 7.1.1 preview comes in as build number NPF26F for the 6P and 5X, and NPF26H for the Pixel C.

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October 21, 2016

This news comes about a month after Google released the first Android 7.1 developer preview for the 6P, 5X and Pixel C. At that time, the company said more devices would be supported in the second dev preview, which is why the addition of the Nexus 9 should come as no surprise.

As you may recall, October’s release was an early beta build of the software, but Google says this new release is a “near-final” image. The consumer-ready version of Android 7.1 will roll out to devices in December.

So what’s new in this update? Google’s David Burke says Developer Preview 2 brings “near-final system behaviors and UI”, as well as a ton of bug fixes and performance improvements across the system and Google apps. It also includes the developer features and APIs (level 25) that were introduced in the first developer preview.

Have a Nexus 6P, 5X, 9 or Pixel C? Head to the links below to start flashing!

If you’ve never flashed a factory image, you can learn how to do so here.

Get the Pixel home button animation on your Nexus 5X or 6P with this flashable zip

When we review devices here at Android Authority, there are a lot of key factors that come into play. Sure build quality, camera, and extra features are things that can make a phone stand out from the pack, but there are also a lot of little things that can make a device special. When Google announced the Pixel and Pixel XL back in October, many of these extra features were lacking. They had no optical image stabilization, no waterproofing, and what many would call an uninspired design. However, it was the attention to detail and sheer amount of polish of Android as an operating system that really made the phones stand out.

If you’ve been holding on dear to your beloved Nexus 5X or 6P, we don’t blame you. Last year’s flagships still hold up strong as we close out 2016, and slowly but surely, developers are finding ways to add those “Pixel exclusive” features to the Nexus of year’s past. Already we’ve seen the adaptation of Google’s new search bar, and even the Google Assistant be modded into a number of user’s devices, but we finally have the feature we know you’ve all been waiting for: the Pixel home button animation.

Finally owners of the Nexus 5X and 6P can experience Google’s quick but cute home animation on their own device. The setup is pretty simple, too. You can either download the flashable package and flash it in TWRP recovery, or apply it manually. If you’d rather apply the package manually, head on over to the source link attached below for full instructions and download files.

As always, there is a chance something can go wrong when installing this mod. ALWAYS make a backup before making any sort of system level changes. We don’t want you accidentally bricking your phone for an arguably functionless (though admittedly adorable) change like this.

Is this something you would go through the trouble of installing? If I still had my 6P you know I would be doing this as we speak.