Google has announced the release of Android Nougat 7.1.2 public beta for eligible devices. It is a maintenance release which means you should not expect any new feature or major changes with this update. It is primarily aimed at bug fixes and performance optimizations to make the overall user experience better.
In the official announcement, Google’s VP of Engineering Dave Burke mentioned that Android N 7.1.2 public beta is currently available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. If you own a Nexus 6P, you will have to wait longer to get the latest beta update. And as he did not comment anything about the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, it seems like both of these devices are now out of the race for latest software releases.
This new Nougat beta version will be rolled out via Android Beta Program which means if you are already a member, you will receive it as an OTA update just like any other regular software update. If you are not, it’s better to register for Android Beta program for smoother and easier beta update installation.
If you neither an Android beta member nor interested in becoming one, you will have to go the usual way of downloading image files and flashing them manually. At the moment, Google has made Android 7.1.2 image files available only for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, and Pixel C.