Android Nougat is now available to Google devices and will be coming to other phones imminently. Here's how to download Android Nougat 7.1.2 beta, the latest revision to the Android OS. Also see: Android N UK release date, name, new features.

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On 22 August, with little fanfare, Google released the final version of Android Nougat. It's out now on compatible Google phones and will be coming soon to other brands - also see: When will my phone get Android N?

It has in December released Android Nougat 7.1.1 for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C, with support coming for other Google phones in January.

The most recent update - Android Nougat 7.1.2 - should be available in the next few months, but a beta version is available to download to Pixel devices now.

Android Nougat 7.1.2 is said to be "an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users".

The Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta is for developers, but as before anyone will be able to install it on a compatible device. Read on for instructions on how to subscribe to Google's beta programme and install Android N 7.1.2 Beta.

How to get Android N 7.1.2 Beta: How to download Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta

Downloading Android N is simple with Google's Android Beta Program. Any devices enrolled to the programme will receive OTA updates to the latest Android operating systems where available.

• To enroll in the Android Beta Program, open the browser on your compatible Nexus or Pixel device and head to g.co/androidbeta. You will be asked to sign into your Google account.

• Scroll down the page and you'll find a heading 'Eligible devices' with any compatible Nexus devices that are also signed into your account listed below.

Android N - enroll

• Find the Nexus device you wish to enroll to the beta programme and click the green 'Enroll device' button beside it.

• Tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions, then tap 'Join beta'.

Android N join beta

• A message will pop up to tell you your device has been enrolled and will soon receive an OTA update to the beta version of Android. Click Ok.

Android N enrolled

• The update notification arrived on our Nexus 6 instantly, although it can take up to 24 hours. If you don't receive your update notification after that time, check you're connected to the internet then head to Settings, About, System updates and check for updates. You will not receive OTA updates if you previously manually flashed Android on to that device (as we had with our Nexus 6) - you'll get a notification that verification has failed. Instead you will need to manually install Android N on that device, and you can follow the same instructions we provide below for manually installing Android Marshmallow.

• Once you see the update notification, pull down the notification bar and choose Download.

Android N notification

• In the next window you'll be told that this will install a preview version of Android N on to your device. Ensure you are connected to Wi-Fi, then tap Download. (Note that the screenshot is of the Android N Developer Preview and not the Android N 7.1.2 Beta.)

Android N download

• You can now install the Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta. Tap Restart & install to begin the process.

Android N restart & install

• You'll automatically receive notifications of any new Android Nougat update. Also see: How to update Android

How to downgrade Android N 7.1.2 Beta: Uninstall Android Nougat 7.1 Beta

Removing or uninstalling an Android N Beta is as easy as is installing it. You simply head to the Android Beta Program page at g.co/androidbeta then tap the Unenroll device button next to your Nexus device. Do note, however, that doing so will wipe all data on your device - be sure to back up Android first.

We've left our instructions from last year on how to flash Android Marshmallow on to a device on the next page for those who need to manually flash the software. Most readers can ignore these instructions.