Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Xperia XZ Release Date and Features
Xperia XZ is the latest flagship from Sony powered by Snapdragon 820 Currently most Xperia XZ devices are running on Android Nougat. Sony rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for Xperia XZ devices in the beginning of December 2016. Later the Japanese tech giant rolled out Android 7.1.1 as part of Concept program for Xperia X devices.
Google released Android 7.0 Nougat in August 2016. Later the Android 7.1.1 update has released by Google in December 2016. Actually the Search Giant started the beta program of Android 7.1.1 in October. Android 7.1.1 is a major update to Android 7.0 Nougat.
On April 3rd, Google unveiled the final build of Android 7.1.2. Pixel and Nexus 5X, 6P devices already received the update through OTA in many regions. Sony also recently started the concept build of Android 7.1.2 for Concept Xperia X devices.
Elegant Features of Android 7.1.2
1. Bug Fixes
The Android 7.1.2 update is mainly a bug fix update. In this Maintenance release, the Search Giant fixed many bugs present in Nougat and Android 7.1.1. Bluetooth bug, Early shutdown bug, Audio popping bug, Camera bug on some devices, Wi-Fi connectivity bugs have fixed in this update.
General connectivity is also improved in this update. Android 7.1.2 increases system stability and fluidity. So after installing Android 7.1.2 Nougat, devices will run without lag. Installed Pixel users already confirmed this.
2. Swipe down to see Notifications
This feature is present in Pixel and Pixel XL devices inbuilt. In this feature, users can check notifications by just swiping down on the fingerprint sensor. Google much improved this feature in the previews and the final build of Android 7.1.2. So after updating to Android 7.1.2, this Fingerprint gesture feature is working faster and reliable in Pixel devices.
This feature can be enabled by going into the Moves menu in Settings. The Fingerprint gesture feature might be refined in future Android updates.
3. New live wallpaper Setting
Google rolled out stock live wallpapers with the Android 7.0 Nougat update. But previously in Nougat, user had to apply the same live wallpaper for both home screen and lock screen. In Android 7.1.2, this live wallpaper setting has refined.
So in Android 7.1.2, users can set live wallpaper for both lock and home screens or only home screen. So users can apply live wallpaper for home screen and static wallpaper for the lock screen. This setting can be applied for stock live wallpapers and third party live wallpapers downloaded from playstore. This also conserves battery.
4. Battery Usage Alerts
Battery usage alerts is a new feature arrived with the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update. To access the Battery usage alerts, users have to open the Battery section in the Settings. Battery usage alerts option will appear along with Battery optimization and Help & Feedback options in the top right overflow menu of the Battery section.
The Battery usage alerts feature lists the apps which drain excess power than usual. This list probably is empty immediately after installing the update. This app list will reset after fully charging the battery. So users can easily identify the battery hungry apps and remove them or reduce usage. Google may improve the feature further in future updates.
Sony may start the full rollout of Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Xperia XZ flagship in May or in June. More details about the rollout of Android 7.1.2 for Xperia XZ will be revealed soon.