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Google Introduces Android 7.1.2 Beta, Begins Rollout To Nexus And Pixel Devices Except Nexus 6P

31 January 2017, 3:05 am EST By Carl Velasco Tech Times
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Google has just announced that it's ready to roll out an Android 7.1.2 build to all testers with compatible devices. This update is an incremental one — mostly to squash bugs and refine preexisting features, although it also brings "a small number of enhancements for carriers and users."

Android 7.1.2 Beta Eligible Devices

The aforementioned beta build is currently rolling out for beta testers who own the following devices: Google's self-branded flagships the Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. For those wondering why the Nexus 6P isn't thrown on the mix, Google says the beta update for the handset is still being developed, but the company will release it soon.

Those who aren't enrolled may register at Google's Android beta program page and opt-in an eligible Android phone or tablet. Once enrolled, users will soon receive the public beta as an over-the-air update. As always, those who prefer to flash the update manually may do so.

Those enrolled with an eligible device won't have to do anything to get the update. It'll arrive "in the next few days," according to Dave Burke, VP of engineering, who announced the public beta via the Android Developers Blog. No particular action is needed on the part of enrolled users, so if you're a beta tester with an eligible device, just be patient.

Android 7.1.2 Stable Release

Google says it's expecting to release the final build of Android 7.1.2 "in just a couple of months," but similar to the beta, the final stable build will only be pushed out to eligible devices aforementioned. Google has confirmed that Android 7.1.2 won't land on Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, so tough luck for anyone who own these devices who desire for the latest software.

In any case, Google is encouraging beta testers who have eligible Android 7.1.2 devices to participate in the Android Beta community.

"[W]e welcome your feedback or requests in the Android Beta community as we work towards the final over-the-air update. Thanks for being part of the public beta!" Burke said.

Android 7.1.1

This new beta release comes almost two months after Android 7.1.1 was released for Pixel handsets, followed by the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P weeks later. The release of Android 7.1.1 sought to fix a persisting connectivity problem with Pixel handsets in the UK, particularly those under the carrier O2, but that was before a separate issue plagued the handset, in which LTE Band 4 connectivity problems arose.

Android 7.1.2 is slowly rolling out now, but of course, users shouldn't expect major things to come out of the new update, since it'll mostly contain optimizations and bug fixes. Nothing too fancy. Wait for the OTA or flash it manually and expect due coverage when the update becomes available for Nexus 6 devices.

Are you enrolled in Google's beta program for Android, and has the update landed on your eligible device yet? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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