Friday, April 14, 2017

Nexus Android 7.1.2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Google’s Android 7.1.2 update for Nexus and Pixel delivers new features and enhancements. It’s also causing problems for some Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL users.

The Android 7.1.2 Nougat update is out of beta and it’s rolling out to Nexus and Pixel users around the world.

As expected, the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update brings more than just bug fixes and security patches. The latest version of Nougat also comes with some useful fingerprint gestures for the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that Android 7.1.2 Nougat problems are popping up for Pixel and Nexus users.

The Android 7.1.2 Nougat update went through a pretty lengthy beta but problems have, unsurprisingly, slipped through the cracks.

Today we want to take a look at the Android 7.1.2 Nougat problems plaguing owners of the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player. We’ll also take a brief look at some of the Android 7.1.2 problems impacting the Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C.

Our roundup covers the initial batch of Android 7.1.2 issues and it also provides some tips and remedies we think could come in handy if and when you do run into an issue with the brand new version of Android Nougat.

Prepare for Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Android 7.1.2 and it changes are certainly tempting, particularly for those of you dealing with Android Nougat problems. While you might be tempted to install the Android 7.1.2 update the second it arrives on your device, we recommend doing some prep work. It could go a long way toward preventing Android 7.1.2 issues.

It’s impossible to predict how Android 7.1.2 Nougat will fare on your device. This is precisely why you should do some prep work before you install it. This way, you’ll be prepared if and when you do run into something.

We recently put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we used.

If you don’t have a lot of time to prepare you’ll want to make sure all of your important files/data are backed up before making the move to Android 7.1.2.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat Problems

Google’s Nexus forums (and Pixel forums) are filling up with complaints about the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users are reporting boot loops, installation problems, issues with the fingerprint sensor, camera problems, various problems with Bluetooth, charging problems, problems typing, abnormal battery drain, and cellular data issues.

Pixel users are running into similar problems. Pixel and Pixel XL owners are noticing battery drain, issues with Bluetooth with Wi-Fi, installation problems, problems with the microphone, various issues with sound, issues with Google Assistant, and issues with the fingerprint sensor.

We expect the complaints to pickup as the OTA picks up speed and more people decide to make the jump from older versions of Android Nougat to Android 7.1.2.

Pixel problems & fixes

So far, most of these Android 7.1.2 issues appear to be isolated. Outside of the issues with the fingerprint sensor, we haven’t seen any reports of widespread bugs or issues though that could certainly change down the road.

There’s no guarantee you’ll encounter one of these issues on your device but the potential for problems should motivate you to prepare your smartphone or tablet for your Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.

Where to Find Android 7.1.2 Feedback

As we push away from the Android 7.1.2 update’s release you’ll want to keep an eye on Android 7.1.2 feedback. This feedback will alert you to potential benefits of Android 7.1.2 and it’ll also make you aware of issues plaguing the operating system.

Thankfully, we’re already seeing Android 7.1.2 Nougat users post feedback on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

We’ve also put together our impressions of the Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 update. They include a quick look at its performance.

We’re also seeing useful feedback emerge on Google’s Pixel Help ForumsGoogle’s Nexus Help forums, XDA-Developers, YouTube, and Android-centric forums like Android Central Forums.

Short-term feedback is useful but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android 7.1.2 users, especially if you’re using an older device like the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X.

How to Fix Nexus Android 7.1.2 Problems

If you’ve run into trouble with Android 7.1.2 Nougat, don’t panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix your issue from the comfort of your computer chair or couch.

We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common Nexus Android Nougat issues. If you don’t know where to turn, it’s a great starting point.

We’ve also put together another guide that will show you how to fix Nexus Android Nougat battery life problems. If your battery doesn’t return to normal after a couple of days with Android 7.1.2 on board, take a look there.

If you can’t find what you’re looking, take a peek at Google’s official Nexus Help Forums or Google’s Pixel Help forums. You might also try XDA-Developers.

We also recommend getting familiar with the downgrade process. Downgrading back to an older version of Android Nougat could help your device’s performance.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process for Nexus devices, take a look at this guide courtesy of the Nexus Help Forums.

What’s Next

If you’re in need of a fix you can’t rely on Google.

Google hasn’t confirmed Android 7.1.3 or Android 7.2 so there’s a chance Android 7.1.2 will serve as the last version of Nougat.

The company will continue to roll out its monthly security updates to Nexus and Pixel devices but there’s no guarantee those will help your performance.

Google’s also confirmed Android O, its next mobile operating system, with a beta release. The Android O beta is currently limited to a few Nexus and Pixel devices.

The company will almost certainly outline the Android O update at Google I/O in late May but don’t expect a final version of the software to arrive next month. That’s almost certainly being saved for later this year.

If you run into an Android 7.1.2 problem you’re on your own for a few more weeks. At least.

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