Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta now out for Pixel & Nexus lineup

Google is now rolling out the Public Beta of Android 7.1.2 Nougat which is the latest maintenance update for Nougat. This is an update that essentially fixes bugs, re-examines existing features “along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.”

The update is currently available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices. Google has confirmed that the Nexus 6P will get the update shortly. Those who have signed up for the Android Beta Program will receive the OTA update. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t be receiving the update which implies that these devices may no longer get the latest updates.

Users can enroll for the Android Beta Program. Once enrolled, your device will receive regular OTA updates of all milestone builds in the 7.1.2 Public Beta. When the next version of Android is released, your device will automatically update to the final version.

The final version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat will be made available in a few months. The final version as well will only be available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Nexus 6P and Pixel C devices. The Android 7.1.2 public Beta images are now available for download. Users with appropriate devices can also download and flash the factory images or OTA update files. Here’s how you can flash the factory image;

Flashing Factory Image

Warning: Installing this factory image will erase all data from the device. While it may be possible to restore certain data backed up to your Google Account, apps and their associated data will be uninstalled. Before proceeding, please ensure that your data is backed up to your Google Account.

Note: This may require unlocking your Bootloader.


Unlocking Bootloader

Connect the phone to your PC and open Minimal ADB & Fastboot. To confirm that our device is connected, type:

adb devices

This should show the Android devices currently connected to your PC. Make sure you accept the confirmation on the phone too. It is advised to disconnect any other Android devices. Once you’ve successfully connected the device, we need to boot to the bootloader to proceed. To do this, shut down the phone completely. Hold down the appropriate buttons to enter fastboot mode.

Alternative method: On the Minimal ADB, simply type:

adb reboot bootloader

This should immediately switch the phone off and reboot to bootloader.

Once you’ve successfully connected your device, we can move on to unlocking the bootloader. Unlocking the bootloader allows us to write into different storage partitions of our phones which would otherwise be blocked.

Let’s make sure our phone is successfully connected to the PC. To check this, enter:

fastboot devices

Once confirmed, we can unlock the bootloader. To unlock the bootloader, simply enter the following:

fastboot flashing unlock

If the device doesn’t automatically reboot, reboot it from the menu. It should now be unlocked.

To Flash a system image

Download and extract the appropriate system image for your device. Boot into fastboot (Bootloader mode) by pressing and holding the right key combination for your device. Ensure you phone is connected to your PC through a USB cable.

You need to execute the flash-all.bat script in the folder where the factory images were extracted. Once it is done, your device reboots. You should now lock the bootloader for security. To do so, start the device in fastboot again and execute:

fastboot flashing lock

Reboot your device and enjoy the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

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