Google is rolling out a new beta version of the ongoing Android 7.1.2 Nougat tests for those using the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and the tablet Google Pixel C.
Although Android 7.1.2 Nougat update is expected to be a mere incremental upgrade that adds performance and stability refinements to the current v7.1.1, it seems the update will also come with a bunch of interesting features for Google Nexus 6P and Pixel C tablet users.
If you do recall well, the first update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta had a few controversies. First was that it was delayed on the Google Nexus 6P for some reason and second is it came with support for fingerprint gesture on Nexus 5X but left out the Nexus 6P. The fingerprint gesture feature made its debut with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL and ever since, it has been quite a drama. It was initially thought that it will remain exclusive to the Pixel phones, then it made a surprise appearance on the Nexus 5X early last month.
With this update, it means that Google Nexus 6P users will soon be able to swipe on their fingerprint to access the notification tray. To access this feature and enable it, you can find it under Moves in the Settings of the phone.
If you are using the Google Pixel C tablet, you’ll also love the latest update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta. It is true to say that the Pixel C tablet has not been treated in the same manner as the other Pixels. However, this changes with the new Android update, where you now get the Pixel Launcher as well as filled-in Google Pixel-style navigation buttons.
Even though the Pixel Launcher has a slightly different look on the Pixel C tablet, this was actually expected in order to accommodate the huge display, however, this doesn’t mean that it works differently. It also appears that the Pixel Launcher will be receiving this update directly via the Google Play Store.
Lastly, the new Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta 2 also brings a new multitasking user interface to the Pixel C where you can have multiple tabs open on the same screen, but it seems this one is just limited to tablets.
What do you think about these new features for Google Nexus 6P and Pixel C? Would you want to see them in other non-Google devices that will use Android 7.1.2 Nougat and above? Let us know in your comments below.