Google has just released public beta of Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which is part of the company’s “incremental maintenance release” strategy. Google is planning to release smaller builds more often, in order to get rid of bugs faster.
As we’ve said in the title, Android 7.1.2 beta is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X and nexus Player. The update will roll out to the Nexus 6P soon, but it may never come to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, which are approaching their end-of-life status.
In order to become a beta tester, users must visit android.com/beta, where they will choose the device they own. According to Droidhere.com, in short time, they will receive an OTA notification and they will be able to download and install the new build, without needing to install to adb and fastboot files on their PC. However, there is another way to install this beta build and the factory images can be downloaded from Developer Android.
What does Android 7.1.2 beta bring? According to Google, the update comes with “a number of bug fixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” The list of changes includes “multimedia call”, Bluetooth improvements, a demo mode for Pixels (Verizon-related) and a new “high temperature” warning which will show up probably when Daydream VR mode will overheat the device.
There are also several known features, as follows:
– Quick Settings may not appear on Pixel C;
– When searching apps using a physical keyboard, Pixel launcher may crash;
– Occasional UI hangs;
– Wi-Fi stability issues.
– Black screen may appear when transitioning from boot animation to Setup wizard;
– After completing Setup, Wi-Fi will be turned off, even if the user has specifically chosen to set up the device using mobile data;
– During device-to-device transfer SMS messages may not be restored.
Fans hope that this update will also enable VoLTE on some carriers.