Google had started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for compatible Nexus and Pixel devices last week, and it included the company’s monthly security update for December as well. Now, Google has posted a new build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the developer site for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone, aimed primarily at fixing the previously reported connectivity issue on Pixel devices.
Last month, many Pixel phone users were complaining of connectivity issues, particularly on the LTE band 4 frequency. However, many users reported that with the release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which brought “general connectivity improvements”, the issue was fixed. But looks like, it wasn’t fixed for all users, and the new build named NMF26Q release 6 looks to do just that.
Google has not officially announced the new build’s release, nor is there any clarity on when it will arrive to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL devices via an OTA update. But the tech giant has already published Factory and OTA images on its Android Developers site for those users who want the fix installed immediately.
Apart from fixing the LTE connectivity issues, there’s nothing else that this build brings. Therefore, if your Pixel and Pixel XL devices are running smoothly and not facing any connectivity hiccups, we’d recommend you to wait for an OTA update.
Google has also updated its Camera app to bring a revamped UI and a host of camera improvements for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. A toggle switch for grid lines, and a button for photo modes have been added on the top right edge alongside HDR and flash buttons. The update also loads the app faster, and switches between photo and video modes more quickly. Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users also get a new Auto-HDR+ mode for better quality shots in low-light areas.