Google has now opened the official Android Beta Program for Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta. Those using Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C can now get their hands on the new beta version for testing purposes.
According to the tech giant, those using the Google Pixel phones, the LG-made Google Nexus 5X, the Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet can get their hands on the new Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta as at the time of this writing. However, those who are using the Huawei Google Nexus 6P will have to wait for the update, which the company says will be out “soon.”
An update from Android 7.1.1 to Android 7.1.2 Nougat isn’t the type to get you all hyped up. From what it looks like, the update will only bring minor optimizations, bug fixes and performance improvements to ensure that the OS delivers a smoother user experience. Google also notes that there will be some enhancements targeting mobile phone carriers and users as well.
If you are already part of the Android Beta Program, the update should be coming your way anytime from now. As for those who are yet to join the program, signing up is very easy. Once inside, you will also receive the new Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta at the same time as those who have been in the program before you. Like many other OTA updates, not all devices signed up to the program will receive the notification to download the beta software at once. So, don’t freak out if you happen to meet your friend with the beta version already installed and your phone hasn’t received it yet – it’s coming!
Alternatively, you can still chill out and in a few months’ time, the stable version of the same Android 7.1.2 Nougat will be ready for download, however, Google did not give the specific date as to when to expect this official rollout.
While many will be happy that Google is working on a new Android Nougat update, the news will not be taken well by those using the 2014 Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. These two are past the two-year software support period offered by Google, meaning that their update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be the final one. In previous Android Nougat beta versions, the two were included, but this time, they have been dropped.
Both devices were launched in October 2014, meaning they are now into their third year, thus not qualifying for major software updates from the tech giant. Nonetheless, the company promises to keep pushing monthly maintenance updates for the foreseeable future, which will still be a welcome idea for owners of this aging devices.