Android 7.1 Nougat introduces a variety of new features and capabilities for users and developers. In this article, we summarize what Google showed in version 7.1.
In Android 7.1 you can use shortcuts to key actions in your app. A user by long click on launcher icon can reveal all available shortcuts. Your own shortcut references an intent launching action or task and can be created statically (in the Apk) or dynamically at runtime. You can create max 5 shortcuts in each of your apps.
Image Keyboard Support
Now the Android SDK introduces Commit Content API that provides the universal way for IMEs to send images to the text editor in an app.
New Professional Emoji
Emoji that represent a wider range professions for women and men and in the variety of skin tones.
Enhanced Live Wallpaper Metadata
This feature lets you provide metadata about your live wallpapers to any picker displaying the wallpapers as a preview. You can show existing metadata such as label, description, and author, as well as a new context URL and title to link to more information.
Round Icon Resources
Your launcher icon can be circular.
Storage Manager Intent
ACTION_MANAGE_STORAGE intent that provides free up space screen.
Improved VR Thread Scheduling
Virtual reality apps are very latency sensitive and these new features help improve this.
Demo User Hint
By call UserManager.isDemoUser() you can check if the device is running as the demo user.
APIs for Carriers and Calling Apps
In Android 7.1 are included new telephony features for carriers and telephone apps, including:
CDMA voice privacy property
Source type support for Visual Voicemail
Carrier configuration options for managing video telephony
New Screen Densities for Wear Devices
The new device densities are:
This article is based mainly on official Android site for developers.