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New Android 7.1.2 beta fixes bugs, adds much-awaited fingerprint feature

You can now swipe your fingerprint to access your notifications on the Nexus 6P. (Source: Android Central)
You can now swipe your fingerprint to access your notifications on the Nexus 6P. (Source: Android Central)
This second Android 7.1.2 beta build brings the much-awaited fingerprint swipe notification gesture to the Nexus 6P. It also fixes miscellaneous bugs introduced in the previous beta build.

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Google first revealed Android 7.1.2 in late January as a beta build for Pixel and select Nexus devices, a result of its new "incremental maintenance release" policy—a fancier way of saying smaller, more frequent Android updates. Today, it has released another beta build, appropriately named "beta 2." 

The new beta adds the Pixel's fingerprint notification access gesture to the Nexus 6P, after the previous beta had added it to the Nexus 5X. This addresses the displeasure felt by many Nexus 6P owners who expected it with the previous beta build. According to at least one such owner, their phone can now fingerprint swipe to access notifications, solving this minor grievance.

Besides fixing the fingerprint notification access problem, this beta also fixes some bugs introduced by the previous Android 7.1.2 beta build. Therefore, it is probably a good idea for anyone running that to update their device to this new version. As with the previous beta, this build supports the following devices:

The Android 7.1.2 beta 2 update is automatically rolling out to eligible devices, and brings the devices up to build NPG47I. For now, there are no factory images available on the Android Public Beta Images page.

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John Garcia, 2017-03-20 (Update: 2017-03-20)
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