The second beta release of Android 7.1.2 is now rolling out, and it brings with it some notable new features.
First up, Android Beta Program users should start seeing an update to Android 7.1.2 beta 2 today. The update is build NPG47I, and it’s rolling out to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player.
As for what’s included, Nexus 6P owners are getting the “Swipe for notifications” feature that Nexus 5X owners received with the first beta release. This update, which was originally only available to Pixel phones, lets you swipe down on your phone’s fingerprint reader to access your notification shade. This feature was missing from the Nexus 6P’s first Android 7.1.2 beta, so it’s good to see that it’s in the second release.
The Pixel C tablet is getting some love in this release as well. The update makes the Pixel C software more like the Pixel phones, meaning that the Pixel C is getting filled-in navigation button and the pill-shaped Google search widget. The list of apps on the Pixel C confirms that it’s now running the Pixel Launcher, too. Also included is a new multitasking UI that shows eight small app windows in two rows of four, which you can see above.
The first Android 7.1.2 beta release rolled out nearly two months ago, so it’s good to see a new update arrive, especially since it’s got some new features for older devices. If you want to try the Android 7.1.2 beta, you can enroll your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or Nexus Player in the Android Beta Program right here.