Android, Google, Nougat

Android 7.1.2 is the latest version of Android that  is reportedly being made publicly available to Pixel C and a couple of other devices. It appears that Google has started pushing the update to a wider selection of users including those who sport a Nexus player. According to reports, the update brings the Pixel Launcher, while the multitasking menu has also been optimized for larger screen sizes.

Google first released the public beta of this update earlier this month. However, the company limited it to devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program. It now appears that the compulsion is no longer in place and devices that are not part of the program have also started noticing a system update that is approximately 340 MB in size, available to install.

Google’s hasn’t yet expounded upon the various changes that will be brought about by this update in much detail. However, the most noticeable and visible change that has been introduced over Pixel C has to do with a Pixel Launcher replacing the traditional Google Now launcher. There is also a new swipe-up app drawer and weather and date widget in the top right corner of the screen. The style of the navigation button has also been improved.

Another major change has to do with the multi-tasking menu. Remember how the apps that were open in the past were displayed as large cards while accessing them through the multi-tasking menu? Well, that is undergoing a major revamp now and all of the apps that were open in the past are now displaying as a grid. This could lead to more apps being displayed at once however for some reason, only 8 previous applications are shown on Pixel C.

The update is still available to selected users and appears to being rolled out slowly. So don’t fret if you haven’t received it yet. You can pro-actively check for an update by visiting system update in setting on your Pixel C device.

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