New bugfixes for Google devices foreshadow the end for the Nexus 6 and 9.
Google has announced a latest Android beta release: Android 7.1.2. The update is the newest in Google’s new “incremental maintenance release” strategy, which should look customers get smaller builds of Android more often.
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The rollout of the beta is for the Pixel, Pixel C, and Pixel XL, as well as the Nexus Player and Nexus 5X. The Nexus 6P isn’t on the list for currently, but Google states 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. Customers of the eligible devices can head to android.com/beta and opt-in to the beta rollout. Instead, beta factory images are available here.
So what’s innovative? Google assures “a number of bug fixes and optimizations, along with a small number of improvements for carriers and customers.” A quick scan does not reveal a lot of changes. The dialer has references to a “multimedia call,” Bluetooth was touched (bug fixes, I’m sure), there are some Verizon-specific things like a demo mode (on the Pixels, at least), and a new “high temperature” warning perhaps has something to do with Daydream VR mode overheating the phone. If somewhat amazing pops up once we get it flashed, we’ll let you know.