Galaxy S7 is the latest flagship from Samsung. Currently Galaxy S7 devices are running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. 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 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 Nougat
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.
According to the official change log of final release of Android 7.1.2, Google made many refinements to Fingerprint Gestures feature in excisting devices like Pixel. So swipe down on fingerprint sensor to see notifications feature is working more smoothly and reliably in Pixel and Pixel XL devices upgraded to Android 7.1.2.
So this improved fingerprint gestures feature may come to other devices through this update.
11. Battery usage alerts
Battery usage alerts is a new feature came with the Second beta build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Battery usage alerts option can be seen in the overflow menu of Battery Section in Settings. This new feature shows the apps which are draining battery more than regular. This list probably be empty if no apps are draining too much battery. This list will reset every time after full charge.
Although this is a small addition, it gives some information about the apps with heavy power usage and helps to save the battery. This may be refined in the Android 7.1.2 Final build and future android releases.
12. Bug Fixes
It is already known that Pixel and Nexus devices which have upgraded to Android 7.1.1 Nougat suffered from Bluetooth bug. But the Bluetooth bug and other bugs like occasional UI hangs are fixed in the Android 7.1.2 update. User interface is working fluid like in Android 7.1.2 Nougat with out hanging. Various security bugs are fixed in this update. Some Wi-Fi bugs are also fixed and the stability of Wi-Fi is improved.
Google also fixed early Shutdown bug in this update. Many Pixel users reported that the bug has gone and their devices are working perfectly. But some upgraded Pixel and Nexus 5X and 6P devices are showing quick battery drain and wrong battery calibration after updated to Android 7.1.2. Tech experts are saying that these issues will disappear automatically after a few days.
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.
Galaxy S7 was unveiled in February 2016 with inbuilt Android Marshmallow. Samsung rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to unlocked Galaxy S7 devices in some regions but also later halted the rollout due to some bugs in the update. In February, Vodafone Carrier released Android Nougat for its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices. Recently Verizon also started the rollout of Android Nougat for its Galaxy S7 Devices. Still some carrier locked Samsung S7 devices are yet to receive the Nougat update.
According to latest reports, Google might release Android 7.1.2 Nougat in April. So Samsung may update Galaxy S7 directly to Android 7.1.2 without Android 7.1.1 update. Android 7.1.2 Nougat may come to unlocked Galaxy S7 devices in May 2017. Carrier locked Galaxy S7 devices may get the Android 7.1.2 update in June or July. More details about the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update for Galaxy S7 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.
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 :
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.
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.
Update on 3/4/2017 :
It is already known that Google is going to release the Android 7.1.2 Final build today. Now Android Police has reported that Pixel C tablet and Nexus Player started receiving the update. Many Pixel C users reported that they got the Android 7.1.2 update with the size of 340 MB. Some Nexus Player also reported the same. But the official website of Factory images for Pixel and Nexus devices is still not showing the Android 7.1.2 factory images.
So it seems that Google is going to start the OTA rollout of Android 7.1.2 soon for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. Factory images of Android 7.1.2 will appear soon on the official website for Factory images.
According to some users reports, the latest android update is coming with the April’s security patch. Android 7.1.2 brings some refinements to Home screen, launcher and widgets, according to upgraded Pixel C users.
Update on 4/4/2017 :
After rolling out OTA updates for Pixel C and Nexus Player devices, Google pushed out the Android 7.1.2 Factory images for Nexus 5X and 6P and Pixel and Pixel XL flagships. in the official Factory images website for Nexus and Pixel devices, Android 7.1.2 Nougat factory images for Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, Pixel, Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices are available. Android 7.1.2 OTA rollout may take a few days to spread throughout the World.
Interested tech enthusiasts can download factory images from the official website and follow the instructions to flash them.
According to the official changelist released by Google, fingerprint swipe performance improved, bluetooth connectivity refined and Battery usage alerts are added. General connectivity is also improved in this update. Many bugs like early shutdown, audio popping are also fixed in the Android 7.1.2 update. The Android 7.1.2 is currently rolling out along with April Security Patch.
Update on 12/4/2017 :
Verizon started the rollout of Android 7.1.2 Nougat for its Pixel and Pixel XL devices. Google and Verizon posted the OTA updates on their official sites and OTA rollout also started. Along with standard Android 7.1.2 features, Verizon’s update also contains some additional features : Backup and Restore 1st Party apps like Calender and Messenger, Better Voice call performance and some bug fixes like Missing HD Voice calling/Wifi Calling options. The Build Number of this update is NHG47K and comes with April month Security patches.
Google started rolling out the Android 7.1.2 update to its Nexus 6P beta testers a few hours ago. According to Android Police, the update is only 25.4 MB. The build number of this update is N2G47H. Nexus 6P beta testers can download the update once update notification appears. Manually they can download OTA file from Google here.
Update on 15/4/2017 :
According to Android Police, after receiving the Android 7.1.2 update, Fingerprint sensors of Pixel series and Nexus 5X, 6P are not working. Many Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users reported the issue in Nexus help forum. At first only Pixel and Pixel XL flagships got affected, later Nexus users also started complaining. It is still unknown about the spread of this issue.
Affected users tried in many ways to solve the issue. Deleting earlier fingerprints, hard resetting the device haven’t solved the problem. But the Fingerprint gesture feature to see notifications is working well in this update.
Google hasn’t announced any thing about the Fingerprint sensor issue and the fix. Probably the fix for the problem will come in a few days.
Update 19/4/2017 :
Previously, Google rolled out the Android 7.1.2 update for Nexus 6P beta users. Now the Search giant started the rollout of stable Android 7.1.2 update for Pixel and Pixel XL beta testers. Earlier, Android 7.1.2 rolled out for Nexus and Pixel non-beta testers.
Bluetooth connectivity issue is a major fix in this update for Pixel series. Random Bluetooth off problem has solved in this update according to Google. Some camera problems of Pixel devices have fixed. Early shutdown issues also have solved in this update.
Pixel series Beta testers which are currently running on Android 7.1.2 Developer Preview can download the stable build, once the update notification appears. It is already known that lot of Pixel and Nexus devices which have updated to Android 7.1.2 are affected by Fingerprint sensor bug. It is still not known, the bug is present even in this update or not.