For more fragmentation? Android 7.1 for pixels and Android 7.1 for other differ




Google has a fragmentation problem since Android. To quickly get new versions, too little is interested manufacturers to deliver these new versions also to all users. So it is then also before that smartphones that could bypass loose with a newer version of Android, you will not get. Some users help themselves and install custom ROMs, the majority is found but simply with this fact from. Google kept trying to counteract this trend, manufacturers offered new versions long before publication of what became of it, you can see every day, that is not much.

Now Google itself plays with the fragmentation statistics. Different functions are only with Android 7.1 Nougat the new pixel smartphones to be available. This shows the changelog of the new version of Android. However, this could also mean that in future there is less fragmentation, because so older devices can be upgraded to Android 7.1, just not with all functions. Knowing, for example, also from iOS. While older devices will get a latest version of iOS, but does not include all the features that is unique to the current iPhone models.

The following functions will be available exclusively for pixel devices such as Android Police know to report:

Pixel Launcher – swipe up for all apps, new Search box, date / weather header on home
Google Assistant
Unlimited original quality photo / video backup to Google Photos
Smart Storage – when storage is full, automatically Removes old backed up photos / videos
Phone / Chat support (new support tab in settings), screen-share functions on
Quick switch adapter for wired setup from Android or iPhone
Pixel Camera:
Electronic Image Stabilization ( “video stabilization”) 2.0
Pro features
White balance presets
exposure Compensation
AE / AF Locking
Viewfinder grid modes
HW-accelerated (on Qualcomm Hexagon coprocessor) HDR + image processing
Smart burst
Sensor Hub processor with tightly integrated sensors (accel, gyro, like) + connectivity (Wi-Fi, Cell, GPS)
Solid navbar icons with home affordance for Assistant
SysUI accent color theming
Wallpaper picker with new wallpapers and sounds
New setup look and feel
Dynamic calendar date icon

And the following functions will be part of Android 7.1 nougat “for all”:

Android 7.1 Nougat

Touch / display performance improvements
Moves (fingerprint swipe down gesture – opt-in)
Seamless A / B system updates
Daydream VR mode
Developer features:
App shortcuts / shortcut manager APIs
Circular app icons support
Keyboard image insertion
Fingerprint sensor gesture to open / close notification shade
Manual storage manager Intent for apps
Improved VR thread scheduling
Enhanced metadata wallpaper
Multi-endpoint call support
Support for various MNO requirements
PCDMA voice privacy property
Source type support for visual voicemail
Carrier config options for managing video telephony
Manual storage manager – Identifies apps and files and apps using storage

This is a quite interesting step. Unfortunately, you will only see in the future versions of what Google has really here before. Because this distinction can work in both directions, either there is more fragmentation in the Android universe, or even less, at least for the version numbers. Most importantly, however, would be that all manufacturers even offer security updates that are Google (and even others) now distributed monthly. Even get so many manufacturers not to the chain.


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