Nexus Player Gets 7.1.2 Update, Nothing New User-Facing

Users in the Android Beta Program may be seeing a message on their Nexus Players to update their software. Users will be instructed to update to Android 7.1.2. This is a small update, not even getting a bump up to the API version. It “is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements”, so there isn’t anything particularly new for users to see. The differences may be completely internal.

The Nexus Player is confirmed to get the update, and every user should be getting the update once it exists beta. If you notice any of the “small number of enhancements for carriers and users”, let us know in the comments below.

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  • Jaime Cruz

    Hi all,

    I noticed a little bit more stability when using the recording functions in Live Channels. It would freeze up and sometimes reboot.
    As a side note, I have tried to use a Dual tuner on the Nexus Player and it did not like it for some reason.
    I’m not sure why, but since the single tuner works, I am ok with just watching or recording one show at a time.

    I am so upset that DTV now is not functional. If this is fixed, I am in like a fish in water. I am tired of my cable bill and 35 bucks for 60 plus channels and Tablo, and I am good…..If Tablo can get it together and integrate with Live Channels already, I cant wait…

    • George Garrett

      How were you able to get the recording function to work from live channels? I have gotten it to work through the Kodi guide interface but when I click on a show on the native live channels app it doesn’t work. I use an HD homerun for OTA reception. Thanks!

      • Jaime Cruz


        It seems we are opposites. I have never been able to get it to record anything from Kodi.

        Anyway, this is my setup:
        1-Nexus Player
        1-Haupauggue – Digital TV for Xbox One tuner card
        1-Seagate 250gb (I know, not large) external HD
        1-ota powered hub for Nexus player

        I have the Nexus connected to a OTA powered hub, the tv tuner and the hd.

        I first made sure the hd is recognized by the Nexus in settings/storage. I allowed Android to format it as additional storage (not usable for anything else).

        Then I made sure the permissions for Live Channels were allowed to see pretty much everything.

        The I unplugged the Nexus and made sure the tuner was connected and the hd. The first app I went to was live channels and made sure I saw the OTA channels from the antenna through the tuner. Then I selected one and brought up the play pause buttons and record should be all the way on the right.

        Hope it helps.

        I suspect the hd homerun and the live channels are fighting to see who records but not sure as I don’t have hd homerun.

        Btw, I don’t have and homerun but will be getting a Tablo in a few days. Unfortunately, tablo is not supported on live channels yet, but if/when they do, I will be very happy.

        I’m also going to use either dtvnow or psvue. I’m leaning to dtvnow (quantity and price) but they are not on Nexus so I have no option but to go with psvue for now.

        Good luck, sorry for the rant. 🙂

        • George Garrett

          Thanks for the answers! Going to try to mimic your setup with the hdhomerun and see what I get. Forgot to mention I also have a next PVR server running on my windows machine so that is my Kodi dvr- the Android TV’s are just a frontend then the recordings are distributed through Plex thought my house.

          Thanks again!

          • Jaime Cruz

            No worries George!
            You have a much more adventurous set up than mine. I run Kodi on the Nexus and have all my movies, TV shows and pics on a WD my cloud network hd. I have not read of a way to have live channels record on that network drive through the network but that is surely a permission issue because of the way that Android handles external HD space.

            How many TV’s is your hd homerun serving? I’m trying to feed 5, so have to at lease get a 4 tuner DVR device and homerun did not have one. I also did not see a lifetime service for the guide. That is also a requirement. I don’t want the ongoing bills either. I was paying over 120 just for TV service.

            These solutions will be great.

            Let me know how it goes.

      • Jaime Cruz

        oh dang george….very sorry for the late reply.
        There are a number of tutorials you can google. i’m not too familiar with hdhomerun.