7.1.1 Inbound for Nexus, Pixel and Android One devices

Earlier today, Agustin Fonts of Google announced that Nougat 7.1.1 has started to roll out:

Today, and over the next several weeks, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over the air (OTA) software update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.

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Long-press an icon to launch into various parts of an app.

As always, though, remember that these rollouts often come in waves, over the course of a few weeks – so you may not get your update immediately. This release will bring a few new features from the Pixel phones over to some older devices. Specifically, we’ll see “Launch Actions” – actions that can be performed by long-pressing an icon on the homescreen – a GIF-enabled keyboard (in Allo, Hangouts and Messenger), and gender-and-racially diverse emoji.

While far from the most robust update Google’s ever released for Android, I personally find the Launch Actions to be quite useful – especially if they become widely integrated among app developers. If they find success, perhaps Google can implement it as a software (read: no hardware necessary) solution to Apple’s 3D Touch.