Android 7.1.2 for Moto G4 Plus Release Date and Features

Moto G4 Plus is the latest mid range device from Motorola. Currently most Moto G4 Plus devices are running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and only a few devices have updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Google released Android 7.0 Nougat in August 2016.

The Android 7.1.1 update has released by Google in December 2016. Actually the Search Giant started the beta program of Android 7.1.1 in October. Android 7.1.1 is a major update to Android 7.0 Nougat. In this update Google fixed many bugs which are present in Android 7.0 Nougat. The new android update also improves stability of Nougat and also improves performance.

On 30/01/2017, Google released the beta build of Android 7.1.2. In this update, Google addressed many bugs which are present in Android 7.1.1. In addition to bug fixes, a few new features have also added to Android with this update.

Elegant Features of Android 7.1.1 & 7.1.2

1. Image Keyboard

Google launches a new set of emojis with pixel phones. Now these new emojis become available to other devices through the Image Keyboard in the Android 7.1.1 update. Actually this exclusive feature came with v5.2 update of Google Keyboard, but it requires Android 7.1+ API support. So new update facilitates users to send GIFs directly from keyboard through messengers apps like Google allo, hangouts etc. Users can also send images directly from keyboard through Messenger apps. The GIFs are all arranged in different categories like high five, yes, no, clapping, and so on. There is also a frequently used section and search box.

2. App Shortcuts on Home screen

The new update to Nougat brought additional home screen functions. Users can launch actions in apps on their home screens by simply long pressing. So that user can quickly jump into an excisting conversation in Google Messenger and also start new conversation directly from the home screen. In Google Music, also after long tap on the app, a menu with options like My library, My Playlists appears. So new app shortcuts feature makes home screen more user friendly. Actually this feature is already present in Windows Mobiles and iPhone devices, now it comes to Android through the update.

3. New Moves Menu in Settings

A new Moves menu has introduced in Setting Menu through the Android 7.1.1 update. By using this Moves menu, user can quickly open apps by gestures. To open Camera app, user only has to press the power button twice. When User lifts the phone, new notifications will appear on the screen.

4. Restart Button in Power Menu

In previous android versions, when user holds power button, power off option appears. But in Android 7.1.1, the Restart option appears, when user holds the power button. The power cycling is already present in Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel devices. Now this useful option is coming other devices through Android 7.1.1 update.

5. Improved Touch Latency

Already a Google Engineer told that touch latency will be improved in this update. So that device will response faster to touch than earlier android versions.

6. Smart Storage

Smart storage of Android 7.1.1 Nougat is an exclusive storage cleaning feature. So users don’t have to use other file managers and cleaners to free up storage. Smart storage can also clean the storage automatically. The Smart Storage option can be launched by going into Settings>Free up Space. There we can find three options : one for Photos, one videos older than 30 days and another for apps that haven’t used in 90 days. It don’t has option for cache cleaning. It can also automatically delete photos after they have backed up into Google Drive storage.

7. New Camera App

Google improved Camera app much better in Android 7.1.1 than in previous android revisons. New features like automatic Exposure, Viewfinder grid modes, Smart Burst and AE/FE locking are added. With these useful features, users can take pictures with more quality and also quickly.

8. Night Mode

Google introduced the Night Mode feature with Android Marshmallow. But in Android 6.0 it is present only on experimental purpose and can be found only in developers menu. In Android 7.1.1 Nougat Google refined the Night Mode feature as Night Light and released. But in older Nexus devices this night light feature is not working because of a hardware issue. In Pixel phones it is working perfectly so that some High-end flagship devices may get the Night Light feature with Android 7.1.1. Night Light feature works by adding slight red tint to Display to reduce blue light and there by eye strain in evening and night times.

9. New Live wallpaper Setting

In Android 7.1.2, Google introduced new live wallpaper setting. Through this setting, users can set different wallpapers for home screen and lockscreen. When user opened Google wallpapers apps like Live Earth, new options will appear as Home Screen, Home Screen and Lock Screen. So user can set live wallpaper for home screen and static wallpaper for lock screen. This new options for live wallpapers were not present in earlier android versions. So the Android 7.1.2 update brings a small but useful feature.

10. Swipe down on Fingerprint scanner to see Notifications

In Pixel and Pixel XL devices, this feature is already present but it reached Nexus 5X with the Android 7.1.2 update. In Android 7.1.2 this feature appears in the ‘Moves’ menu in Settings. After turning on the feature, user can see the new notifications by swiping down on the fingerprint sensor. Actually this feature arrived with Android 7.1 update but some devices like Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P didn’t get it. Now this useful feature may also come to other android devices with the Android 7.1.2 update.

According to some reports, after updating to Android 7.1.1, some Pixel and Nexus users are facing In-car Bluetooth issues. They are having trouble in controlling their phones through In-car bluetooths. Google may fix this bug in the upcoming updates.

According to recent Google announcements, a fix for the In-Car bluetooth problems in Nexus 5X and Pixel devices will be released soon along with the next update. But the Search Giant has’nt revealed when the fix is coming.

Motorola which is owned by Lenovo rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to Moto G4 Plus devices in some regions like India in December 2016. A Motorola spokes person already said that Canadian Moto G4 Plus devices may receive the Android Nougat update in February. Recently in the US, Moto G4 Plus devices started receiving the Nougat update. Motorola may release Android 7.1.2 directly to Moto G4 Plus without Android 7.1.1 as Android 7.1.1 contains some bluetooth bugs.

According to some latest reports, Google might release the Android 7.1.2 Nougat Final build in April. So Motorola may begin Android 7.1.2 soak test for Moto G4 Plus in May. If the soak test completed successfully, Motorola starts the full rollout in the ending of May. Moto G4 Plus devices in India may first receive the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update. In the US and other north american countries, Motorola may start the soak test in June 2017. More details about the rollout of Android 7.1.2 for Moto G4 Plus will be revealed soon.

Update on 01/02/2017 :

Google released the beta build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat update on 30/01/2017. Currently the beta build is only avialable for registered users of Nexus 5X, 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL devices. So it seem that in about one or two weeks, the Android 7.1.2 update will come out. In this update, Google fixed some bluetooth bugs and also added new features like Multimedia call in dialer, High temperature warning etc. Full change list will be revealed in a few days.

Update on 11/2/2017 :

Google still hasn’t released any Maintenance updates to Android 7.1.2 beta for Pixel and Nexus devices. Google usually releases one or two Maintenance releases for betas. So it seems that the final release of Android 7.1.2 may come in March 2017. New Features may be added and also some bugs may also be fixed in the final release of Android 7.1.2. So more reliable details about the Android 7.1.2 update will be revealed soon.

Update on 15/3/2017 :

Previously, at the time of release of Android 7.1.2 beta, Google announced that final build of android 7.1.2 will be released in a couple of months. Now according to Android Central, Google is going to release the Android 7.1.2 update on April 3rd. The biggest carrier in Canada, Rogers said that on 3rd of April, it will release a big update for Pixel devices. This update will enable VoLTE services on Pixel devices of Rogers. This confirms the release of Android 7.1.2 in about two weeks.

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So it seems that Google is going to release the factory images for Pixel and Pixel XL devices on April 3rd. More details of Android 7.1.2 rollout will be revealed soon.

Update on 21/3/2017 :

Just now Google released the Android 7.1.2 Beta 2 with build NPG47. The Search Giant already started the rollout of Beta 2 to Pixel and Pixel XL devices in many regions. Nexus 5X and 6P devices also got the update in some regions. Google’s Orrin Hancock officially announced the release of Android 7.1.2 Beta 2.

At this moment, full changelist of this beta build is not available. But according to the reports from some Pixel users, the March Security update integrated in this beta build. Google’s new Powered By Android Logo also comes to Pixel series with this update.

Some Nexus 6P users told that Fingerprint Gestures feature to their devices with the beta 2 of Android 7.1.2. This native Pixel feature came to Nexus 5X devices through the Android 7.1.2 Beta 1. Now it comes to Nexus 6P also with beta 2. Some bug fixes along with Security fixes may also present in this update. More details about Android 7.1.2 beta 2 will be revealed soon.

Update on 24/3/2017 :
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Android 7.1.2 Beta 2 brought a new feature called Battery Usage alerts. This feature appears in Battery section in Settings Menu. In the right top Menu in the Battery section, Usage alerts option appears along with previous options on Beta 2 Android 7.1.2. In this list we can see heavy battery draining apps like Facebook etc. This feature will be refined much in the final build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

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Another new feature came with the Beta 2 of the next android update is new Network indicator in status bar when in Roaming. Previously, Android don’t display the type of Network connection (like LTE, 3G, Edge) when in Roaming. Now in Android 7.1.2 Beta 2, Google made changes to network icons in the status bar. So the refined Status bar displays Roaming icon and type of network with Signal icon separately.