Second Nougat Beta rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in Europe

For the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung announced the beta release of Android 7.0 Nougat a week ago in three important smartphone markets: the United Kingdom, United States of America and South Korea. Samsung is using its toned-down user interface, called Grace UX, which has left a number of features as stock.

The Korean giant has now started rolling out its second Android 7.0 Nougat beta for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in Europe. The update promises to improve performance and stability, and fix an issue that caused the Facebook app to force close.

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This release weighs in at just 92MB, and it comes a day after Samsung kicked off its Nougat beta in China. It’s available to those who have signed up for the Galaxy Beta Program.

Samsung has made a number of subtle tweaks to the interface such as the color scheme, but large parts remain as one might find on the Google Nexus devices. Google’s terms and conditions of using Android means that device manufacturers must leave some features alone, such as Android’s “Doze” power management code, but other parts of the platform may be adjusted as much as the manufacturer sees fit. Critically, Samsung have not adjusted the notification shade for the Galaxy S7 family, which means features such as in-line responses still work as stock and improves how third party applications can run.

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Those who’ve already signed up to the beta program will see a notification on their handset for the new build sometime soon. It’s unclear if the second beta opens up Nougat to more Samsung devices, SamMobile says, so if you have a recent Galaxy phone, it might be worth checking if the Galaxy Beta Program is now available on your handset.

To apply for the beta, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners need an active Samsung account and must register through the Galaxy Beta Program app (available through Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store).

 

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