Just days after the official launch of Android 7.0 Nougat comes word that its first maintenance release is not far behind. According to a number of sites and reports, an Android 7.1 build has already been spotted in apps and logs.

Google has previously indicated that the first MR would come in the fall; an exact launch date hasn’t been tipped just yet. Given that this would jump from 7.0 to 7.1, we might look for a rather noteworthy changelog. As a reminder, the previous Marshmallow builds were much more incremental, going from 6.0 to 6.0.1 at first.

With all of that in mind, it’s possible that the 7.1 release will be the rumored API level 25. In other words, it could very well debut at the same time as the new Nexus/Pixel models.

What about the LG V20 and it being the first to launch with Android 7.0? That’s totally possible. But, from the sounds of it, Google could drop an updated version of Android shortly after. It wouldn’t be Google if they weren’t first to debut the newest software with the newest hardware.

UPDATE (09-07): According to oft-accurate Twitter source, LlabTooFeR, the Pixel line will debut with 7.1.

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  1. As weird as it sounds, there has been no direct correlation between version number increments and the size of the update.

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