After the second public beta of Android 7.1.2 which was released in March, Nougat releases a second maintenance version with the main focus on some new optimizations and on fixing more existing bugs. Google Pixel and Nexus devices are already enjoying some new improvements and features even if the updates can be called fairly minor.
The Pixel Launcher is available in its optimized version for tablets and the Pixel C receives most of the updates. The split navigation buttons are now in the color white, in order to perfectly match the Pixel phones. The most important novelty you’re going to be able to notice is the fact that we can now enjoy a grid-based multitasking menu, showing the last eight opened apps in the form of tiny cards. In the status bar for phones, we also have a new roaming indicator.
Nexus 5X and 6P are getting the fingerprint gestures which were first released on the Pixel. You can now swipe on the fingerprint sensor for revealing the notification drawer from anywhere in the operating system. The fingerprint gestures feature can be enabled through the “Moves” menu from “Settings”.
Another update is that for all devices you can find in their “Settings” section some new battery usage alerts for apps.
Pixel and Pixel XL receive some updates from Android 7.1.2:
- The fingerprint swipe performance has been improved;
- There have also been some improvements around the Bluetooth connectivity;
- The early battery shutdown issue has been fixed;
- The pink banding on the camera has been fixed;
- The audio popping issue in case of high volume has been fixed.
You can find the April security patch available through Rogers, and it brings VoLTE support and also the same build as all international devices.