Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Google Pixel and Pixel XL
Android 7.1.2 is the latest update for android OS from Google. In January, the Search giant released the beta version of Android 7.1.2. In March, Google released the final developer preview of Android 7.1.2. On April 3rd, the Search Giant pushed out the finalized build of Android 7.1.2. Pixel and Pixel XL devices in many regions already received the update through OTA.
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.
Google may pushout the Android 7.1.2 factory images for Pixel and Pixel XL devices on April 2nd. Interested users can manually flash them by following the instructions given the official website.
Pixel and Pixel XL users can download the update once the update notification appears. Users can also manually check for update by going into Settings>About Phone>System updates. We recommend that users must full charge the device before installing the update.