Google Begins Testing Android Nougat 7.1.2

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 8 Comments

Google Begins Testing Android Nougat 7.1.2

The Android train keeps rolling even though most phones out in the world are pretty much stuck on whatever version of the OS they’re currently running. And today, Google announced another small step forward with the start of Android Nougat 7.1.2 testing.

“Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bug fixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users,” Google VP Dave Burke notes in a post to the Android Developers Blog.

As with previous Android Nougat beta releases, this one is open to only a very small list of devices, mostly from Google. But there is one big change this time around: For the first time, those with Pixel and Pixel XL handsets can participate too.

So for this first beta release, those with a Pixel or Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, or Pixel C device can sign-up for the Android Beta Program and begin testing pre-release versions of Android Nougat 7.1.2. The Nexus 6P will be let into the testing for a later release, Google says.

The public beta will be delivered to eligible phones in the next few days. (And you can leave the beta at any time and return to the shipping version of Android, too, something that is not so easy for those testing Windows 10 in the Windows Insider Program.) There is no word on any new features, but Google says that Android Nougat 7.1.2 will be finalized in “a couple of months.”

I’ve added my Pixel XL to the list. It can only help.

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