Before the release of Google’s own Pixel phones, the Nexus series was the company’s main focus when it came to operating system updates. Nonetheless, Google has not completely overlooked the Nexus series, as it continues to receive some of the latest software updates.
After the Nexus 5X received the Android Nougat 7.1.2 developer preview, Nexus 6P owners were started to ask when they would see the new beta version of Android. Now, their question has been answered as Google has started to distribute the 1.3GB-sized update over-the-air to all Nexus 6P owners who are part of the Android Beta program.
The Android 7.1.2 anticipation was caused by the fact that Google announced that it will bring the Pixel fingerprint gestures to both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in the upcoming update. However, it’s somewhat strange that users who have already updated their OS, are not able to use the new feature, which is available on the Nexus 5S.
At this moment, it is unclear what the cause of this discrepancy is, as both devices use the same fingerprint sensor. However, it is very likely that the fingerprint gestures feature will make its debut directly on the public version of Android Nougat 7.1.2.
The update is currently rolling out worldwide to all Nexus 6P owners which are participating in the Android Beta Program. As such, they should receive the NPG05F built anytime soon, if they don’t already have it. Google has started to roll out the developer preview three weeks ago, but Nexus 6P, which was developed in partnership with Huawei, still includes the January Security Update.
Furthermore, the update also does not include fixes for bugs that were previously identified. Some of the frustrating bugs identified by early adopters of the update is the inability to configure the Wi-Fi settings, a bug which persists even in the update for the Nexus 6P.
As the public release of Android Nougat 7.1.2 is coming closer, eager Nexus 6P owners should find out more information about the availability of fingerprint gestures, which will surely prove more useful on larger devices like the Nexus 6P rather than the Nexus 5X, on which it is already available.
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