Google has confirmed that the next update in line in the Android Nougat series is the Android Nougat 7.1.2. As of right now, most Nexus and Pixel users are running Android Nougat 7.1.1 on their devices. Google has already begun the beta trial of Android 7.1.2.
Users just have to sign up for the beta program here and then download and install the factory images on their devices. Users of Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X can install the Android 7.1.2 firmware on their devices. Note that Android 7.1.2 won’t support Nexus 6.
The simplest way to install the latest Android firmware on your supported device is by enrolling in the beta program. You don’t lose your data when you install the firmware, and the best part is that the entire process is backed by Google.
However, for some reason, you might not want to take part in the beta program. If you want to install the recently released Android 7.1.2 images on your Nexus or Pixel device, read on.
What’s new in Android 7.1.2
Android Nougat 7.0 brought a number of improvements to the Android devices. A new notification management system, combined with better battery optimization made the Android 7.0 Nougat update a major update.
Android 7.1.2, on the other hand, is just a maintenance update. The update brings few enhancements, lots of bug fixes for the problems in Android 7.1.1.
To install the Android 7.1.2 factory images, the first thing you need is ADB on your Windows or Mac computer. You will also need a few other files and the factory images themselves.
Install ADB on Windows
Install the 15 second ADB installer for Windows. This step will be the basis for the following steps. To communicate with your Android device and install factory images on the device, you need ADB.
After downloading the file, right-click on it and then choose to run as administrator. Give the permission to the app to run as administrator. After the terminal screen comes up, just type in ‘Y’ to the prompts. The prompts will be for permission to install the software, to install it for all users on the system and to install drivers.
After you have done this, you are ready to install the factory images of Android 7.1.2 on any supported device.
Install ADB on Mac, Linux or ChromeOS
You don’t need to download anything. All you have to do is go through the instruction given on this page of XDA Forums and paste the code in the terminal. ADB will be installed on your Mac, Linux or ChromeOS based computer.
After the process of installation is done, type ADB or fastboot to start either of the two processes. Make sure that on your Android device, you have checked the option for ‘USB debugging’ in Developer Options.
Installing Android 7.1.2
First and foremost, you need to download the beta images. Note that Android 7.1.2 is still in beta and the firmware files may not be stable enough to be used as daily drivers. Use your best judgment.
Google has released the factory images for a number of supported devices. The Android 7.1.2 image for Nexus 6P is still not available, but will become available very soon. Note that Android 7.1.2 will not be coming to Nexus 6 or Nexus 9.
Once you have downloaded the firmware files, unzip them and keep them at a location you can easily access them. Next, fire up the terminal.
If you Nexus or Pixel device has a locked bootloader, you will need to unlock it first. Do note that unlocking your bootloader will wipe all your data. If you want to preserve all data and install the Android 7.1.2 Beta, you will have to wait for the beta program by Google to kick off.
Open terminal in the ADB folder and type the following command, and then hit enter.
adb reboot bootloader
Type the following in fastboot
fastboot oem unlock
Follow the onscreen instructions that show up and wait for the device to be completely wiped.
Flashing the Android 7.1.2 Factory Images
Next, open the folder that contains the Android 7.1.2 factory images that you downloaded for your device. Then, open terminal in the window. If you are a Windows user, you can easily do this by holding shift key and right clicking in the window. Mac users will have to enable the option to show the terminal options in system preferences.
Once in terminal, Windows users should type
Mac and Linux users should type,
This command will install the Android 7.1.2 files on your device. You Nexus or Pixel device is likely to reboot a few times. The startup screen of your device may stay there for some time. Do not unplug your device from your computer.
Once the process finishes, you can start using your device like a new one.