Google’s Pixel devices will pack powerful Android Nougat 7.1 update

As part of today’s Pixel announcement, Google also unveiled Android 7.1, which introduces, among other features, Google Assistant. This feature is the future of Google, a powerful new AI platform that allows users to “have a natural conversation with Google,” according to the search giant. Unfortunately, as you may have feared, it doesn’t appear as though Assistant will come to Google’s best ever Nexus device.

While Android 7.1 will introduce new features such as Night Light (similar to Apple’s Night Shift), Daydream VR support, and more to a handful of Nexus phones, it appears the arrival of Google’s Pixel handsets also means these new devices get the best software features. That’s not entirely unexpected but it’s a huge let down for Nexus 6P owners; that device is still a perfectly good phone, especially if you don’t feel like dropping $649 for the cheapest Pixel handset.

The Pixel devices will get Google’s new launcher, Google Assistant, a tech support service, and unlimited high-quality photo and video backup to Google Photos. There’s also a new Smart Storage feature that will automatically remove backed up photos and videos when your device’s storage is maxed.

Finally, the Android 7.1 update also introduces a few aesthetic changes, including additional theming option and a dynamic calendar date icon. It’s unclear when the update will be available for non-Pixel devices but we should expect it to arrive over the next three or four weeks.

We reached out to Google to ask about whether or not the Nexus 6P will get features such as Assistant and will update if we hear back.

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