Android 7.1.2, Google’s latest maintenance release for Android Nougat, was released to compatible devices merely few days back and new features from the new build are slowly being reported. which Google said will roll out as a public beta starting today. Following the global release of Android 7.0 Nougat back in August, Google confirmed multiple other updates were coming soon. A few small updates arrived before the end of the year, and now they’ve confirmed Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
Android 7.1.2, a maintenance release focused on fixing bugs and improving performance. As usual, the upgrade was only made available to users with one of Google’s own devices, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, as well as the older Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P handsets and the Pixel C laptop. The Nexus 6P will be eligible, but not yet, with Google saying they expect the 7.1.2 beta will be “released soon.” The update was good news for users of the latter devices, giving them access to one of standout exclusive features of the newer Pixel smartphones, which were released last October.
If your eligible handset is enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you can expect the update on your handset soon. Android 7.1.1 was released in December with expanded GIF support and performance updates. Google confirmed to Ars Technica that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t receive the Android 7.1.2 updates, but will continue to receive security updates from Google.
The devices were released with Android 7.1 Nougat installed, which offered a range of new improvements and advances, including an expansion on how to interact with the device’s fingerprint scanner. This new “swipe for notifications” feature allowed users to swipe across the sensor to bring up their app alerts, rather than having to do so on the device’s screen.
Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bug fixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.
The update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat won’t be released for another few months. In fact, Google said, ” a couple of months” from the end of January. Meaning we can expect at least one or two maintenance releases (MR) of the developer preview beta, then an official release.
As of right now select devices can try it early through the beta, and expect a few betas to be released. Then, sometime in the next few months Google will officially announce and release the full update for all users. Now if only our Samsung Galaxy devices could get the same. We’ll update once we know more.
To check if your Android phone is ready to be updated, head to Settings > About Device > Download Updates Manually
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