Lately, Google pushed Android 7.1.2 Beta 2 to the Nexus and Pixel devices. The update started rolling out yesterday and has reached quite a large crowd up till now. While there hasn’t been any official release notes, the only word came in from Orrin Hancock at the Android Beta Program Google+ group. After updating over-the-air, there are a few new things that we noticed so far.
One of the best things that Google ever did was bring pre-releases to users. This not only helps the users to get the latest features first, but also allows developers to adapt to the latest update. So when the update finally drops in, users wouldn’t have to wait long for their favourite apps to support it. With Android 7.1.2 Beta 2, we get one step closer to the final release.
Android 7.1.2 Beta 2 Changes
The build number is labelled NPG47I and is updated with the March Security patches. While it doesn’t seem like a major update, it does bring in some minor tweaking and additions.
The first one is fingerprint gestures support for the Nexus 6P. The feature already reached its younger sibling – Nexus 5X, with the Beta 1 itself. And it was disheartening for the 6P users back then. But there’s no regret now, this update will bring the renowned Pixel-specific feature to your device too.
Open Settings on your device and tap on Moves. You will see the “Swipe for notifications” and that is it. Enable it and then you can simply swipe down on your fingerprint sensor to open the notifications drawer. Swipe down once more and the Quick Settings panel will fully open.
According to AndroidPolice, the update has brought a small list of new goodies to the Pixel C. It definitely would relieve the device users to know that their beloved tablet is not getting sidelined with upcoming updates, and that Google is still keeping an eye out for its users.
With Android 7.1.2 Beta 2, the Pixel C now has the Pixel Launcher as the default launcher app, accompanied by the Pixel-style NavBar buttons. This allows the tablet to live upto its name and the experience becomes more streamlined with the Pixel smartphones.
The launcher may look a bit bigger but works same, you have to swipe up to access the app drawer. The homescreen folders are themed accordingly and the Google search button is there on the top-left. The multitasking screen is also revamped with more application cards on the screen.
You can download the Pixel Launcher included in the update (Pixel C). However, there is still no confirmation whether it will be carried over to the final release or not.
To get the OTA update, you must first enroll your device in the Android Beta Program. Then go to Settings > About phone > System updates and check if it has already reached you. For now, you wouldn’t have the option to install this update manually, because the system images haven’t reached the servers yet.
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