It was earlier reported that the Galaxy Beta Program was updated on November 4th to show that Android 7.0 Nougat is on the way based on an update to the Galaxy Beta Program app. Samsung has since pulled the Galaxy Beta Program app and the servers don’t appear to be fully functional right now.
But according to a Samsung website the Korean company will soon start testing the Android 7.0 Nougat beta on the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The beta program can be tried out by customers but they should be aware of the fact that this is a test version and may be laden with bugs and glitches.
The program gives beta testers the ability to send feedback and suggestions directly to Samsung. If you’re interested in testing out Nougat on your S7 or S7 edge, you need to download the Galaxy Beta Program app from Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store. After downloading the app, you’ll have to fill out an application form, and if you’re selected, you’ll be able to download beta Nougat builds from the Software Update section in your phone’s settings.
This beta program will be open to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners in the United Kingdom and the United States and that the test period runs from November 9 to mid-December. As always, there are a few caveats: beta testing is limited to unlocked models of the S7 and S7 edge in the UK, and carrier variants (Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) in the U.S. The Samsung website notes the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition and Batman Injustice Edition are not supported in this beta program.
Samsung which is currently facing the Galaxy Note 7 crisis is stepping up its efforts to convince S7 and S7 Edge users of its brand reliability. Timely software updates and their beta testing is possibly one of those steps. The company has also stepped up marketing and promotions for the S7 series to absorb its loyal consumers, who were affected by the Note 7 recall.