Shortly after it rolled out the second beta 7.1.2 Nougat firmware for compatible Nexus and Pixel devices, Google has started to seed the final Android 7.1.2 update to the Pixel C and Nexus Player. We expect the update to become available for more Nexus and Pixel devices soon. However, the update will not be pushed to the older Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices.
As you can tell by the version number, Android 7.1.2 is only a minor update with only a few new noteworthy features. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will be gaining the fingerprint scanner gesture feature after this update. So far, the feature was only available on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The update also includes addition of VoLTE on some handsets and the ability to choose the location for live wallpapers. Another new feature that Google has introduced with Android 7.1.2 Nougat Is the ‘usage alerts’ option in the battery section under Settings. The new option basically shows you a list of apps that may be consuming excessive battery. While this feature is offered out of the box by some Android OEMs, it had so far been missing on Nexus and Pixel devices.
For the Pixel C, the update weighs in at 340.1 MB, which is slightly on the higher side. Which is why we recommend that you download the Android 7.1.2 update over a Wi-Fi network instead of the cellular data network. Factory Images of the update haven’t been uploaded yet, but they should be up very soon. Again, as we mentioned earlier, Google will most likely roll out the update for other Nexus and Pixel devices over the course of the next few days.
Even though it isn’t a major update, do make sure that you install the update only when your device’s battery is sufficiently charged. In case your device has less than 50% battery charge remaining, you should plug it in to the charger before you install the update on it.