Verizon rolls out new Android 7.1.2 Nougat update for its Pixel phones

Verizon rolls out new Android 7.1.2 Nougat update for its Pixel phones

Google released Android 7.1.2 Nougat factory images and OTA files for the Nexus and Pixel devices, but the update won't be available for other Android OEMs for a while. Moreover, Google included the April security patch in the update, thus being the first to provide it to its customers.

Verizon's Pixel smartphones received the update as well, but the US carrier is rolling out another one that brings a couple if improvements on top of those released by Google.

The update is available for both Pixel and Pixel XL at Verizon, but it won't change the Android version, your phone will remain at Android 7.1.2 Nougat. However, Verizon's update has the build number NHG47K, whereas Google released build numbers N2G47J and N2G47E for Pixel and Pixel XL, respectively.

So, aside from better performance and connectivity for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Verizon's update adds a new feature that allows Pixel users to back up and restore 1st-party apps like Calendar, Drive, and Messenger.

Also, both Pixel and Pixel XL should perform better during voice calls. Verizon mentions that the update is supposed to fix certain HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling options that were missing after the phone's software was updated.

Last but not least, a bug that prevented the phone from receiving text messages in rare cases has been addressed too. Make sure that your battery is fully charged before starting the software update though.



source: Verizon

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Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)

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8 Comments

1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Why would networks in States have upper hand releasing firmware update for a Pixel phone? Shouldn't it be Pixel who rolls them out?

2. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Was just going to say the same thing. Anybody?

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Where do you guys see in the article that is says US networks have an upper hand? The only thing I see that's close to what you're talking about is that in addition to what Google has released to it's Pixel phones, Verizon added a few other features. To me it's no different than how they used to do it, where the update would come with carrier tweaks (usually bloatware) but in this case it actually appears like the tweaks are beneficial to the users instead of the carriers. But so far each of the build numbers for Verizon Pixels have been different than the build numbers for phones bought through the Google Store.

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Because kahuna here is Verizon.

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Because Verizon sells their own version of the phone, I am not 100% sure what the difference is aside from being able to buy on installments. It looks like Verizon has some voice and text enhancements.

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

3. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Mine updated today.

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Mine did yesterday

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