Released in late January, the second beta of Android 7.1.2 will soon be available for Pixel and Nexus devices. Unlike the first release, the Nexus 6P will be included in the initial update for this public beta of Nougat’s second maintenance release.
Focusing on refinements, Android 7.1.2 features a number of bug fixes and optimizations, as well as some enhancements for both carriers and end users.
All devices will carry the same NPG47I build number and feature the March security patch. Users are reporting that the Nexus 6P finally has a fingerprint gesture, like the Pixel and Nexus 5X. Google has yet to post the release notes or factory images for the latest update.
One minor change sees the default “Powered by Android” text added to the Pixel and Pixel XL’s boot screen. For more about changes to the Pixel C, including the new multitasking menu, check out our hands-on post.
Google announced that Android would be adopting a regular maintenance schedule with the launch of Nougat last year. This latest public beta did not follow the regular monthly release schedule of the developer previews, with a seven week time frame between updates and the Nexus 6P not receiving 7.1.2 until just three weeks prior.
A public release will likely happen in the coming weeks for current Pixel and Nexus devices, with 7.1.2 also being released to AOSP at the same time for OEMs to begin prepping updates for their devices.
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