Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners in the U.S., the UK, South Korea and China can now sign up to the new Galaxy Beta Program to get the third beta version of Android 7.0 Nougat on their phones.
According to a company representative, the update could be made available in the Philippines as well, by next week.
How to Get Android 7.0 Beta 3 on your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge
If you haven’t signed up to the program yet, you can do so by downloading the Galaxy Beta Program app on your device. You will need to have an active Samsung account for this. Once your application is approved, you should receive a notification, after which the update will be available to download and install.
The program was launched in an attempt to get feedback about how Android 7.0 Nougat performed on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The third beta brings in quite a few bug fixes that were reported on earlier versions. The new version has one reported bug, where certain devices take a little longer that usual to wake up, but nothing major yet. However, beta versions are usually touch-and-go, so if you notice something unusual, do report it as feedback so Samsung can apply a fix.
There’s no firm date on when the official release of Android 7.0 Nougat is due for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but since the Android 7.0 Nougat beta 3 has been available for a few weeks now, we should be hearing something soon. Depending on the number of bugs identified and how long it takes to fix them, we may see another beta version coming along before the full official release. You can bet Samsung will tread very carefully after what it’s been through with the Note 7.
Samsung has also added a disclaimer to its site:
“Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition and Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition are excluded from the program. For the U.K, the beta program is only available to users of S7 and S7 edge who have a nonoperator locked device or have purchased an open market version.”
As long as those restrictions don’t apply to you, you should be able to get the beta 3 without a hitch, assuming your application is approved. The company mentions a first-come-first-served criterion for being approved, but haven’t specified a limit for beta testers.
A word of advice: always back up the data on your device before attempting any beta update. Although your data should ideally stay safe during a major OS change, nearly every company recommends this for beta versions.
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