Starting today Android 7.1.2 is rolling out to Android Beta Program members. At this time, we don’t know much about Android 7.1.2, only that 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.”
The rollout of the beta is for the Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C, as well as the Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. You’ll notice this list does not include the Nexus 6, the Nexus 6P or the Nexus 9. Google says 6P will get the update “soon” however Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 might be hitting end-of-life status with this release and it’s not much of a surprise. Both products were released in November 2014, and Google’s own support page indicated that they were not guaranteed to get OS updates after October 2016.
If you’re still rocking a Nexus 6 or 9, you don’t have to worry about the security as you will still be receiving the security patches, just not any major Android updates.
Google promises “a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” A quick glance does not reveal a huge amount of changes. The dialer has references to a “multimedia call,” Bluetooth was touched (bug fixes, I’m sure), there are a few Verizon-specific things like a demo mode (on the Pixels, at least), and a new “high temperature” warning probably has something to do with Daydream VR mode overheating the phone.
There are already some known issues with this update you might want to check out:
- On Pixel C devices, Quick Settings may not be visible in some cases.
- Pixel launcher may crash when trying to search apps while a physical keyboard is connected.
- Occasional UI hangs
- Wi-Fi stability issues
- Black screen during transition from boot animation to Setup wizard.
- Wi-Fi is turned off after completing Setup, even if user has chosen to set up the device using mobile data.
- SMS messages may not be restored during device-to-device transfer.
Here are some general advisories:
- This public beta release may have various stability, battery, or performance issues on supported devices.
- Some apps may not function as expected on this public beta release. This includes Google’s apps as well as other apps.
- This public beta release is Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) approved on supported devices. Apps that depend on CTS approved builds should work normally on these devices (Android Pay, for example).
- This public beta release is available on these supported devices: Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus Player, and Pixel C.
As with past releases, users can, of course, sideload the update manually, but they can also sign up for over-the-air updates via the Android Beta Program. If you want to be a part of the Android Beta program, sign-up here.
The final release of Android 7.1.2 is expected to be available in the next couple of months.
Via : Android Developers