Google is releasing a developer preview of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system. While the company has promised a general roll out of the preview in the next couple of months, neither the preview nor the main update will be available across all devices and are in fact exclusive to a few devices.
Announcing the update, Dave Burke, VP of Engineering said:
The next maintenance release for Android Nougat — 7.1.2 — is just around the corner! To get the recipe just right, starting today, we’re rolling out a public beta to eligible devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program, including Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices. We’re also preparing an update for Nexus 6P that we expect to release soon.
In what is a departure from the general trend, Google is limiting this update to a very exclusive bunch of devices. While Google Pixel or Pixel XL, Google Pixel C, Google Nexus Player, or LG-made Nexus 5X will receive the update through the beta program, Nexus 6P will receive it slightly later. And that is pretty much all there is to the list.
Well, this strategy certainly isn’t going to boost the number of devices for Nougat — which in December, was running upon less than half percent of total Android devices. However, I am sure Google has its own reasons that have to do with the software or hardware suitable for running this update. No doubt, the rest of us mortals will get the update or some other version of Nougat too — albeit at a later date.
This particular build meanwhile, seems to be reserved for the premium Android smartphones.
We’re expecting to launch the final release of the Android 7.1.2 in just a couple of months, Like the beta, it will be available for for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices.
Meanwhile, if you do have a device that is eligible to receive the update, simply visit visit android.com/beta and opt-in to receiev thw update — Once done, sit back and wait to receive the public beta update over-the-air.
Source: The Tech Portal