By now, it has become abundantly clear that the widely anticipated Android 7.0 Nougat update for non-nexus devices is still leaving a lot to be desired. Google is yet to fix the fragmentation problem as all Android updates are controlled by carriers and device makers. The result – saving the Google Pixel, all the hottest flagships in town are still running Android Marshmallow.
However, a select few companies are currently working to change the status quo. Samsung, in particular, seems to be kicking off its Nougat beta program for its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagships.
Note that the program is currently available only to users in China, US, UK, and South Korea. In order to be a part of the program, users will have to register with Samsung. The company announced that entry to the program will be determined on a first come, first served basis. The procedure is relatively simple — all a user needs to do is log in using their Samsung username and password, and then download the Galaxy Beta program from Samsung member app or Galaxy apps.
Once done, you will be among the select few S7 and S7 Edge owners to get a taste of Android 7.0 Nougat, as well as the company’s new homegrown UX. Depending on your experience, you can provide the company with feedback on “performance, reliability, and usability.”
As of now, no other Samsung device is eligible for this Android 7 beta program. So, for all you owners of Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 and other older devices, unfortunately, the wait is going to linger on for awhile.