Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagships have updated to Android 7.0 Nougat recently. Some rumours are saying that Samsung is going to upgrade both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge directly to Android 7.1.2 without Android 7.1. So the next big update for these flagships from the South Korean tech Giant might be Android 7.1.2. Recently Google released the Final build of Android 7.1.2 for Nexus and Pixel devices. Previously, Google released the Android 7.1 Update in October, 2016 and Android 7.1.1 update in December, 2016.
1. Improved Fingerprint Gesture
Google introduced the Fingerprint Gesture feature with Pixel and Pixel XL flagships. With this feature user can check notifications by just swiping down on the fingerprint sensor. Later the Search giant refined the feature much with Android 7.1.2 Developer Previews. So now this elegant feature is working faster and accurate.
With the final build of Android 7.1.2, the fingerprint gesture feature arrived to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. So it may also to other Android flagships with the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.
Users can activate the Fingerprint Gesture feature by going into the Moves menu in Settings. Google may improve much this feature in the Android O update.
2. Battery Usage Alerts
Battery usage alerts is a new feature came with the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update. Users can view by clicking the battery usage alerts option in the top right overflow menu of the Battery Section in Settings. Battery usage alerts of Android 7.1.2 displays the list of apps which are draining the battery more than usual. Normally, this list is empty immediately after installing the update. This list will reset after charging the device battery fully.
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Although this is a small addition to android OS, it gives some useful information about the apps with heavy power usage and helps to save the battery. This feature may be refined in future android releases.
3. Elegant Live Wallpaper Setting
Previously with Android Nougat, the Search Giant unveiled inbuilt Live wallpapers feature. But till now, users had to use stock live wallpapers for both lock screen and home screen. Now Google introduced a refined live wallpaper setting with Android 7.1.2.
With the new setting, users can set live wallpaper for both lock screen and home screen or only home screen. So users can apply live wallpaper for home screen and static wallpaper for lock screen. The new live wallpaper setting can be applied for stock live wallpapers and also downloaded live wallpapers apps from playstore.
4. Network indicator in status bar
The Network indicator in status bar when in Roaming is minor refinement of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update. Previously, Android don’t display the type of Network connection (like LTE, 3G, Edge) when the network is in Roaming. Now in Android 7.1.2, Google made some changes to the network icons in status bar. So the refined Status bar of Android 7.1.2 displays both Roaming icon and type of network with Signal icon separately.
5. Bug Fixes
It is already known that Pixel and Nexus devices which have upgraded to Android 7.1.1 Nougat suffered from the Bluetooth bug. But the Bluetooth bug and other bugs like occasional UI hangs, Audio popping issues are fixed in the Android 7.1.2 update. The User interface is working fluid like in Android 7.1.2 Nougat without hanging. Various security bugs are fixed in this update. Some Wi-Fi bugs are also fixed and the stability of Wi-Fi is improved.
Google also fixed the early Shutdown bug in this update. Many Pixel users reported that the bug has gone and their devices are working perfectly. General connectivity is also refined in this update. But some upgraded Pixel and Nexus 5X and 6P devices are showing quick battery drain and wrong battery calibration after updated to Android 7.1.2. Tech experts are saying that these issues will disappear automatically after a few days.
6. Enhanced Notification Stability
Previously with Android Nougat and Android 7.1.1 updates, Google improved Notifications and quick setting toggles much. With the latest update, the Search giant brought another refinement to Notifications.
In the Android 7.1.2 change log, Google mentioned about the increased notification stability. So notification stability has improved in Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Probably due to this refinement, notifications appear quickly and also smoothly in Android 7.1.2 devices. More details about this refinement will be revealed soon.
Fingerprint sensor bug is the major problem of Android 7.1.2. In some of the upgraded Nexus 5X, 6P and Pixel devices Fingerprint sensor is not working to unlock the device. But swipe down on fingerprint sensor to see notification feature is working fine on these devices.
Google may provide a special patch for this bug in the near future according to tech experts.
Android 7.1.2 Galaxy S7 Rollout
Samsung started the rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat for Galaxy S7 in December but halted the rollout later due to some bugs in the update. Later in January, Samsung re-started the rollout for Galaxy S7 devices in some regions in January 2017. In February, Samsung started the rollout of Android Nougat for Galaxy S7 flagship in some other regions.
Samsung possibly rollout the update for Galaxy S7 devices in the US in May or June. In remaining regions, Galaxy S7 might receive the update in June. Confirmed rollout dates of Android 7.1.2 for Galaxy S7 will be revealed soon.
Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Galaxy S7 Edge
Galaxy S7 Edge is the curved edge variant of Galaxy S7 flagship released with inbuilt Android Marshmallow. Galaxy S7 Edge flagship got the Android Nougat update in January 2017.
So Samsung may start the rollout of Android 7.1.2 to Galaxy S7 Edge flagship in June 2017. Galaxy S7 Edge devices in the US, India and China may get the update first and later the rollout will spread to other regions.
Official Android 7.1.2 rollout dates for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagships will be revealed soon.
We will update this article soon with latest news about the Android 7.1.2 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.