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Google releases second beta of Android 7.1.2 with new battery 'usage alerts' feature

22 March 2017 7

Google released the first beta of Android 7.1.2 earlier this year. One of the main feature found was “Swipe for Notifications”. A few days back, the company rolled out the 2nd beta of the same with build NPG471. The second beta also brings some new features to the OS. Among those, we got details regarding the new “Usage Alerts”.

This is going to be one of the finest battery saving feature ever. In the battery section of the settings, there is a new “Usage alerts” option in the overflow menu. This option enlists the apps which consume too much battery. This was not seen in the first beta of the OS. Take a look at the screenshots taken from Nexus 6P to get an idea, what the feature could do.


Screenshots show the same device before and after the latest beta update. The usage alerts list is empty, but it won’t stay the same if you are own misbehaving apps on your device. For example, if your device has the Facebook app, it is more likely to appear on the list as it consumes more battery than the majority of apps.

This is for the first time, we are seeing such a feature on a stock OS. Google will soon release the latest Nougat update to the public. Before that, we could expect more beta versions which might reveal some cool new features.

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