Here is some good news for owners of Samsung’s current flagship devices -- the South Korean tech giant has just revealed that it is commencing the roll out of Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets by way of its Galaxy Beta Program. It bears noting though that this deployment is only for Galaxy S7 users based in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and in Samsung’s native homeland South Korea, for now. Those Galaxy S7 owners living in China, however, can expect the program to launch in their country in the next few days or weeks.
So how exactly does one get into this Galaxy Beta Program? For starters, owners of Galaxy S7 devices will have to submit an application, and they may need to hurry up because the program is on a first come first served basis. How can interested parties apply? They will need to set up a Samsung account first, and then download the Galaxy Beta Program or the Samsung Members mobile app. During the previous year, Samsung had debuted this program for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so it is a good bet that Galaxy S7 users may already have either app installed in their devices. For those who get to apply successfully to the Galaxy Beta Program, they will be granted the chance to preview Samsung’s enhanced user interface, and then be able to share their feedback with regards to the overall experience.
As for those lucky people who managed to get their hands on a 2016 Olympics limited edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge, or an Injustice Edition of the same device, they will not be deemed eligible for the Galaxy Beta Program, which should be a bummer. Moreover, those Galaxy S7 users based in the United Kingdom will be able to join the program only if their unit is unlocked. For American owners of Galaxy S7 devices, they can only qualify if they are subscribed under a Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, or Sprint mobile plan.
Android Nougat is slowly gaining ground. Just a couple of days ago, we reported that LG has announced that its current flagship offering, the G5, will be updated to Nougat, in the process becoming the first smartphone not made by Google to get updated to the newest version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. Remember that LG’s other flagship, the V20, also comes preinstalled with Nougat.
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