Just over a month after the second public beta of Android 7.1.2., Google is pushing the latest flavour of Android to its Nexus and Pixel family of devices. The latest maintenance release is mostly focussed on bug fixes and optimisations along with a couple new features for the supported devices.
The bulk of the updates benefits were delivered to the Pixel C which had started receiving the update last week. The update brought the Pixel launcher to the tablet now that it has been optimised for such devices along with features like split navigation buttons which are also white like in the Pixel smartphones. Another major difference is a grid-based multi-tasking menu which shows the last eight opened applications as small cards for easy access.
A new roaming indicator has been introduced in the status bar for phones. Apart from this, the Nexus 5X and 6P gain fingerprint gestures that were introduced with the Pixel devices on launch. Users can swipe on the fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification from anywhere in the OS. Finally, under Settings for all devices, there are new battery usage alerts for individual applications.
Apart from all this, a number of issues that plagued the Pixel and Pixel XL have been patched. These being,
- Improved fingerprint swipe performance (for gestures)
- Bluetooth connectivity improvements
- Early battery shutdown
- Pink banding issues in the camera
- Audio pop issue at higher volumes
Apart from this Google has also updated Android 7.1.1 with the April security patch.
You can either wait for your device to update itself in due time or alternately head to these links to download the full OS image or the OTA update. Any manual update or flashing of the OS is at the users own discretion.
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