Google has released the first beta of Android Nougat 7.1.2, the next maintenance release for the latest version of Android. The build became available today for those in the Android Beta program with the final release expected to be “in a few months”. If you have a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, or Pixel C tablet, you can download the beta through the program. Like any beta release, it will have bugs and other issues so it is probably not best to load it up on your main phone at this point.
Of note is that the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 are not in the list of devices that will be getting the 7.1.2 update. The Nexus 6 just received the 7.1.1 update earlier this month while the Nexus 9 got the update when it was available for the Nexus 6P and 5x. All indications are that these devices will not be getting the .2 update. Google specifically left them out of the announcement around the beta.
If the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 don’t get the 7.1.2 update, it isn’t entirely shocking. Both devices are a couple of years old now and are running out of runway as far as
any updates are concerned. Both of those devices will stop getting updates in October of this year.
As for what is in Android Nougat 7.1.2, it is mostly around fixes and refinements. There are some specific carrier enhancements too but what specifically was not addressed in the announcement.
If you want to join the beta program, you can sign up for it on the beta program site and download the build to your device immediately.