Google launches Android 7.1.2 beta for Pixel and Nexus devices [Update]

Google has announced a new Android beta release: Android 7.1.2. The update is the latest in Google’s new “incremental maintenance release” strategy, which should see users get smaller builds of Android more frequently.

The rollout of the beta is for the Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C, as well as the Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. The Nexus 6P isn’t on the list for today, but Google says 6P will get the update “soon.” Missing are the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, which might be hitting end-of-life status with this release. Users of the eligible devices can head to android.com/beta and opt-in to the beta rollout. Alternatively, beta factory images are available here.

So what’s new? Google promises “a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” A quick glance does not reveal a huge amount of changes. 

The dialer has references to a “multimedia call,” Bluetooth was touched (bug fixes, I’m sure), there are a few Verizon-specific things like a demo mode (on the Pixels, at least) “high temperature” warning probably has something to do with Daydream VR mode overheating the phone. If something amazing pops up once we get it flashed, we’ll let you know.

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