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Google Android 7.1.2 Nougat Beta 2 Brings Fingerprint Gesture Support For Nexus 6P

21 March 2017, 8:05 am EDT By Anne Baker Tech Times
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Google has rolled out the second Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta update for Pixel and Nexus devices. The update brings the much-requested fingerprint gesture support in Nexus 6P smartphones.  ( Android Developers Blog )

Rumors pertaining to the release date of Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta 2 have been surfacing for a while. The first beta for the Google OS was rolled out in February, but did not bring support for many features for the Nexus 6P and Pixel C.

However, with the arrival of Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta 2 — which is rolling out now — users of the nexus 6P will be greeted with support for the much-awaited fingerprint gesture, which lets one swipe down on the fingerprint sensor and see the alerts. This is a great feature, especially when using the smartphone one handed.

According to rumors, Google may launch the OS by the end of March or early April. However, Google has pleasantly surprised users by pushing out the beta 2 for the Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat Update

The second beta update is not for all Android phones and is presently available only for the Pixel and Nexus lineup of smartphones. The update has been pushed out to Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Nexus 6P along with Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C smartphones.

The update is an over-the-air (OTA) one and carries the build number NPG47I. Although the beta 2 update is not a major one, it brings some noteworthy changes.

Nexus 6P New Features

The fingerprint scanner gesture makes its way to the Nexus 6P with this update. This particular feature till now was only available to Google Pixel devices. However, with the rollout of the first Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta update, the feature was introduced to the Nexus 5X.

Pixel C Receives Major Changes

The latest beta update brings massive modifications in the Pixel C smartphone.

"This update will install a beta version of Android Nougat 7.1.2 (NPG47I) on your Pixel. New features include app shortcuts, image keyboard support, and more. This pre-release version may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device," states the release notes for Pixel devices.

The new update has given the Pixel C user interface (UI) a new outlook. The UI now has a brand-new white colored navigation bar icons, as well as an enhanced Settings menu. The tablet also received a new multi-tasking menu along with the fresh UI.

The modified navigation bar icons for the tablet are now similar to the one found in Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, thus maintaining a unity in design across all Pixel devices.

Nexus 6P and Pixel C users who want to take advantage of these features can sign up for the Android Beta program.

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