Google has released the April Android Security Update today for Nexus and Pixel devices but, and likely more interesting to readers, the update comes in the Android Nougat 7.1.2 release. Nougat 7.1.2 has been in beta for several weeks know and is purely a maintenance build for devices. There are a few new features in the build but a lot of refinements on features already in the platform. Perhaps the biggest news is the enablement of Fingerprint scanner swiping on the Nexus 5X and 6P. There are also some new battery usage warnings for both devices.
Google has already released the full images and the OTA images for devices. The release notes, however, outlining everything that has been addressed, have not been released at the time of this writing. Remember that unless you are comfortable manually flashing your devices, you should wait until the OTA update rolls out from Google to your device automatically.
The update to Android Nougat 7.1.2 is available for the following devices:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus Player
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel C
The Nexus 9 (Wi-FI and LTE variants) have the April security update but they remain at Nougat 7.1.1 as expected. The Nexus 6, which has had a bit of a rough road with Nougat in general, has the April update wrapped in the Nougat 7.1.1 update. Hopefully this time the release will go smoothly.
For those of you with Pixel or Nexus devices, the OTA update should be coming to you in a few hours to a few days. You can always check for the update by going into Settings>About phone and tap on System Updates.