Galaxy S7 is the latest flagship from Samsung. Currently most Galaxy S7 devices are running on Android 7.0 Nougat. The next update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge might be Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
Previously, Google released First and Second previews of Android 7.1.2 in February and March respectively. The final build of Android 7.1.2 is rolled out on April 3rd for some Nexus and Pixel devices. So Samsung may start the building of Android 7.1.2 for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge soon.
Elegant Features of Android 7.1.2
1. Bug Fixes
The Android 7.1.2 update is mainly a bug fix update. In this Maintenance release, the Search Giant fixed many bugs present in Nougat and Android 7.1.1. Bluetooth bug, Early shutdown bug, Audio popping bug, Camera bug on some devices, Wi-Fi connectivity bugs have fixed in this update.
General connectivity is also improved in this update. Android 7.1.2 increases system stability and fluidity. So after installing Android 7.1.2 Nougat, devices will run without lag. Installed Pixel users already confirmed this.
2. Swipe down to see Notifications
This feature is present in Pixel and Pixel XL devices inbuilt. In this feature, users can check notifications by just swiping down on the fingerprint sensor. Google much improved this feature in the previews and the final build of Android 7.1.2. So after updating to Android 7.1.2, this Fingerprint gesture feature is working faster and reliable in Pixel devices.
This feature can be enabled by going into the Moves menu in Settings. The Fingerprint gesture feature might be refined in future Android updates.
3. New live wallpaper Setting
Google rolled out stock live wallpapers with the Android 7.0 Nougat update. But previously in Nougat, user had to apply the same live wallpaper for both home screen and lock screen. In Android 7.1.2, this live wallpaper setting has refined.
So in Android 7.1.2, users can set live wallpaper for both lock and home screens or only home screen. So users can apply live wallpaper for home screen and static wallpaper for the lock screen. This setting can be applied for stock live wallpapers and third party live wallpapers downloaded from playstore. This also conserves battery.
4. Battery Usage Alerts
Battery usage alerts is a new feature arrived with the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update. To access the Battery usage alerts, users have to open the Battery section in the Settings. Battery usage alerts option will appear along with Battery optimization and Help & Feedback options in the top right overflow menu of the Battery section.
The Battery usage alerts feature lists the apps which drain excess power than usual. This list probably is empty immediately after installing the update. This app list will reset after fully charging the battery. So users can easily identify the battery hungry apps and remove them or reduce usage. Google may improve the feature further in future updates.
Galaxy S7 Android 7.1.2 Release Date
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.
Samsung may update Galaxy S7 directly to Android 7.1.2 without the Android 7.1.1 update. Android 7.1.2 Nougat may come to unlocked Galaxy S7 devices in H2 of 2017. Carrier locked Galaxy S7 devices may get the Android 7.1.2 update in Q4 of 2017.
More details about the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update for Galaxy S7 will be revealed soon.