Google has just started testing the next Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta on public devices that include 2015’s LG Google Nexus 5X, with the Huawei Google Nexus 6P set to join up in the coming days.
One thing that is for sure is that the new Android 7.1.2 Nougat is not a heavy or rather major update to the current Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Based on previous similar updates that Google has made available for Android devices, it is certain that the latest beta version only comes to optimize performance, perfect functionalities as well as fix bugs and errors in the current version.
Of course, there will be a few new features here and there, including the already spotted fingerprint gesture feature that was previously exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, but don’t expect any major overhauls to the software.
If this is true, it is possible that the latest development, which involves the AI-based Google Assistant coming over to the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, could happen with the successor to Android 7.0 Nougat. In fact, 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall, who is the source of this story, says he was informed that this feature will be added to the two phones when the next “major” update of Android comes out.
Was recently told that Assistant is finally coming to Nexus 5X/6P soon with next “major” update.
— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) February 2, 2017
When the Google Pixel and Pixel XL came out, a number of features grabbed the headlines and one of them was the Google Assistant. This is the equal of Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa and comes integrated into the phones’ core functions. At the moment, it is unclear if the incoming Android 7.1.2 Nougat will be the one to bring this feature to Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, but as noted earlier, it is unlikely. This means that we are possibly looking at a feature that will make its debut on the 6P and 5X when the next Android 8.0 is launched later in the year.
There have been talks that the LG G6 will come with the Google Assistant on board, but neither Google nor LG has confirmed the rumor. Still, it would be interesting to see a non-Google device shipping with this AI Assistant.
For now, take this development with some form of skepticism, at least until Google confirms the story.