Following the global release of Android 7.0 Nougat back in August, Google announced multiple newer updates were coming soon. Since then the search giant confirmed Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and have released two updates for it. Here’s everything Nexus and Pixel owners need to know.
Following a few quick maintenance and security updates, Google’s now ready to improve the core of Android Nougat. Now that most new devices have received updates to Android 7.0 Nougat, like the Galaxy S7 or LG G5, Google’s moving on to Android 7.1.2 for now.
Right now we don’t know too much about what will complete Android 7.1.2 Nougat, but you can try it today. It looks to improve on the stability of the original release, fix some bugs, and added a few new features to the Pixel, and even more to the Nexus 6P. Here’s when it will be released, what to expect, and which devices can install it right now.
Back on January 30th Google released Android 7.1.2 Nougat as a limited beta for select devices. For two months users have been testing it, and now we’re ready for more improvements. On March 20th the developer preview 2 was released, and more details are right here. Users can install it manually, sign up for the beta, or wait for an OTA update if you’re already in the beta.
Which Devices Can Get Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Of course all Android smartphones and tablets should eventually get the latest version of Android. Well, most recent devices at least. For now though, this is limited to Nexus and Pixel users, as it’s still in beta form.
The Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta is available for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. Older devices like the Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 are not included. Android 7.1.1 may be the end of the line for those. Although they will still get security patches each month.
Most are still happy to just have Nougat, or Android 7.1.1 and now we can look forward to something else soon. Google said it will be released “soon” and we’re expecting it sometime in April to be officially released for all. As of right now, only the few mentioned above are able to try the latest release.
At the same time, we’re also expecting Android O to be unveiled in April or May at Google IO, so stay tuned for that too.
What’s New in Android 7.1.2 Nougat
So far Google isn’t saying much regarding Android 7.1.2 Nougat. We know they have a few bugs that need to be fixed, but that’s about it. Oh, and it has the latest March security patches.
The official blog states it’s an “incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.”
This basically means that nothing major will accompany the release, although more features or changes could be added by the time it’s actually released. So far we’re seeing some fingerprint scanner gestures for the Nexus 5X and 6P, like swipe for notifications, and other things.
Other than those, the Pixel C has the new Pixel Launcher and its features, and some bug fixes. The Pixel C has a new multi-tasking menu, new on-screen buttons, and no app tray button. Just swipe up. Expect to learn more in the near future.
How to Get it Right Now
Those interested in trying Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta 2 right now can do so. As long as they have a supported Nexus or Pixel device. It’s available now through the beta program, which will be expanding to more devices in the near future. We just received the update to the second release, and many others are reporting the same.
If you have an eligible device, simply head to Android.com/beta to sign up. Owners will receive an over-the-air update to the new release. This should not erase any user data or information. Of course, it’s always a good idea to backup your device just to be safe.
Android 7.1.2 Nougat Release Date
The update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat for everyone won’t be released for another few month or so, and that’s only a guess. One report claimed April 3rd, but with the 2nd beta being released today, we feel like the wait may be a little longer.
As of right now select devices can try it early through the beta, and we could even see a 3rd beta before the global release date. At the end of the day expect a formal announcement from Google within the next month or two.
Once that happens, manufacturers like Samsung, LG and Motorola can get busy working on the latest version. As of right now almost all devices are on Android 7.0 Nougat, not even 7.1.1, so we still have a little wait for the latest and greatest.