Google released the public beta of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update, which is next maintenance release for Android Nougat. The company is rolling out the beta to eligible devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program. Google claims the new update is focused on fixing a number of bugs and also brings optimisations.
The rollout of the beta is for the Pixel, Pixel C, and Pixel XL, as well as the Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. The Nexus 6P is not on the list for today. But Google says that 6P will get the update ‘soon.’ Missing are the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, which might be hitting end-of-life status with this release.
Of course, you probably shouldn’t expect a ton of new features to come along with the new update. Android 7.1.2 will be an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, which will include a number of optimizations, bug fixes, and a small number of enhancements for carriers and users. That is the only description Google gave for this new version of Android. So we will have to wait and see what specific changes it brings.
Since, the update is available for public, users who would like to try Android 7.1.2 beta, can do so by just signing in to Android Beta Program. You will receive the public beta update over-the-air once you’ve registered your eligible tablet or Android phone. The updated can be downloaded and flashed manually as well. ‘If you’ve an eligible device that is already enrolled, you are all set — your device will get the public beta update in the next few days and no action is needed on your part,’ said Burke.
The blogpost leaves out Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet form the list of eligible devices. Which means they won’t receive this update. The devices were released in 2014, and supported beta program until Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Google has also confirmed to Droid Life Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t receive major updates in the future. However, they will still get security patches for about a year.