Android Nougat has been out for a couple of months now, but in that time, it hasn’t caught on all that much. While Nexus, Pixel, and LG V20 users have the OS, few others do. While OEMs like LG are working on updating phones to the latest version of Android, Samsung is going to play a key role is getting that adoption rate up. Luckily, the company seems to be doing just that.
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We first caught word that Samsung was testing out Android Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge about two months ago, and earlier this week, it was all but confirmed that Samsung was preparing to open up a beta testing program for S7 users. Now the company has confirmed details on that program.
Starting November 9th, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users will be eligible to join a limited beta program to test out Android Nougat on their devices. It’s unclear how many people will be able to join the program, but Samsung is accepting users from multiple regions including the UK, South Korea, China, and the United States. In the States, Samsung is even letting carrier variant join in the party for Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile users. Oddly enough, the unlocked US model doesn’t seem to be eligible. All unlocked models in the UK work and in South Korea, the KT, SKTelecom, and LG U+ models will be eligible. However, we don’t have any details on Chinese models yet.
Samsung notes that this beta program will give users an “opportunity to experience new features and the latest UX based on Android 7.0 Nougat.” This likely means that we’ll see an interface similar to what was on the Galaxy Note 7 ─ not a bad thing by any measurement.
To sign up for the beta, S7 users can download the Galaxy Beta Program app from the Galaxy Apps Store. As mentioned, the program kicks off November 9th, so you can sign up then.