Google has one last hurrah for Android Nougat before it goes out of season. After being in beta for two months, the tech giant has started rolling out version 7.1.2 to Pixel C and Nexus Player devices over the weekend, numerous owners have confirmed.
The latest and reportedly final version of the Android Nougat is just over 340MB in size and is being distributed as an over-the-air (OTA) update. As usual, it’s seeded in stages, meaning it may take a few days before you receive a notification offering you to download the package.
How To Manually Update
If you do not want to wait, though, you also have the option to manually search for the update by going to the Settings app on their Pixel C >> Status >> System updates. Just like any other update, you should make sure your handset has enough free storage space and at least 50 percent of battery left before proceeding with the installation.
Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Once Android 7.1.2 is successfully installed, the Pixel C will get the Pixel Launcher and uniquely designed on-screen system buttons which initially debuted in late 2016 on the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL. The latest version also relocate the icons in the Navigation Bar closer to the edges of the screen for easier reach.
Aside from those minor UI tweaks, the update also brought fixes to several bugs, making the device more secure in general. Whether these particular changes would come to the Nexus Player is yet to be reported.
SlashGear expects the update to land on other supported Nexus and Pixel phones soon, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. Unfortunately for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 owners, the OS update won’t land on the devices anymore.
The current Android 7.1.1 Nougat is actually the final major update for these two. In fact, the latter was “rolled back” from version 7.1.1 to 7.0. However, the tech giant should continue giving monthly security updates for a few more months.
After the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update, the next big thing would be the long-awaited Android O. The successor has already been released for developers and it should be publicly launched at the upcoming Google I/O 2017, ahead of its official release sometime in Q3 this year.
Google has not revealed its official name yet. But as previously reported, it did give us a peek at the changes it would bring to supported Android devices.
Most notably, Google added a notification channel which breaks notifications into segments so that users can select what they want to hear about on a more granular level. The company also expanded its picture-in-picture (PiP) feature from Android TV to phones and tablets. PiP allows users to take video content from one app with them while they browse another app. Check out the rest of the Android O features here.
Did you receive the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update too? What do you think of the new version so far? Leave your comments below!