The latest version of the Android operating system mimics Apple's 3D Touch functionality.
(CCM) — Google is taking aim at Apple's iPhone with the release of a preview of Nougat 7.1, the latest update to its Android operating system, for its Nexus line of mobile devices and Pixel C tablet. Nougat 7.1 introduces several new features, including a new long press to bring up app shortcuts, similar to Apple's 3D Touch. Pressing and holding an icon invokes a pop-up menu of relevant actions — such as taking a picture or sending a message — that, previously, would have only been accessible once the app had been opened. Each app can have up to five shortcuts. Other features include smart storage, round icons, and a new notification panel.
The new software is due to be released in its final version in December, and the preview has been made available to help Google "tease out any device-specific issues," the company said in a blog post. Anyone can download the software and try it out on an eligible device after enrolling in Google's Android Beta program. Google started rolling out Android 7 Nougat to its Nexus 5X, 6P, and 9 devices as well as its Pixel C tablet in August. The LG V20 will be the first non-Nexus phone to launch with Nougat 7 pre-installed, and Google's new flagship Pixel phones will likely launch with Nougat 7.1.
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