Update: Samsung has officially announced the Android 7.0 Nougat beta program for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The beta testing update is now live in Korea, US and UK while China is scheduled to receive it soon.
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It seems like an Android 7.0 Nougat beta update is incoming for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge units. This could follow Sony’s beta program for the Nougat OS that was recently rolled out to select Xperia X Performance units.
An XDA thread created by senior member mariolcela came with a download link for an app that can be used to sign up for the Android 7.0 Nougat beta program particularly for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge units in the UK. “This is the apk that is found in Galaxy Store UK,” the XDA member noted.
In addition to the UK, an Android 7.0 Nougat update for beta testing may also arrive soon for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge units in the U.S. A report from GSM Arena confirmed that the “Galaxy Beta Program” app for the Nougat firmware update can also be found on the Galaxy Apps store of their branded S7 Edge under a U.S. carrier. The app installation was reported successful but right now, it is only showing server errors.
UK users are noting the same thing about Android Nougat beta program app getting server errors. A member with a username Finder using an S7 Edge Exynos variant shared a similar experience.
“I agree, probably Samsung didn’t set up the server yet,” the member noted.
“Really hope Samsung’s going to do that soon.”
An update was later on posted by mariolcela showing a screenshot of the email response from the Galaxy Beta Program Team. It confirmed that the Nougat testing program has not begun yet, that is why the registration for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge units is still unavailable. The email also gave an assurance that users will receive a notification once the Android 7.0 Nougat beta program commences.
The Android 7.0 Nougat beta program may not only be limited to the UK and North America, as an update may also soon hit Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge units located in other European nations. So far, from the comments section of the XDA thread, the app was successfully installed on S7 Edge in countries like Germany and Hungary. Below is a note from a member named Iradj.
“Downloaded it but unfortunately no server connection on a German S7 Edge but it changed the app language from English to German so maybe that’s a hint that it will be released in Germany, too.”
Having a history of slow rollouts for its firmware updates, Samsung is not the first one to open up a beta program for the highly-anticipated major Android version of Google. In fact, a few days ago, Sony already started pushing out the Android 7.0 Nougat beta update to some lucky owners of the Sony Xperia X Performance.
According to Xperia Blog, the beta update is available in certain regions and only for the single-sim version of the 2016 smartphone bearing the model number F8131. The firmware update, which has a build number 39.2.A.0.248, does not only contain the Android 7.0 Nougat beta OS but it also brings the software to October 1 security level.
In addition to the default features of the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware, Sony also added its own changes such as the addition of the STAMINA mode. Sony Xperia X Performance users who received the update should also find manual ISO and shutter speed controls for the 23MP camera. Bug fixes were also included in the update.
The Android 7.0 Nougat update highlights new features such as the split-screen mode for multitasking, enhanced Doze mode, and a lot more. Here’s a video to learn more about Google’s latest Android iteration.
Aside from the X Performance, other Sony Xperia devices that are getting the official Nougat OS are the Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium, Xperia X, XA, XA Ultra, Xperia XZ and X Compact. Meanwhile, in addition to the 2016 flagship models, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Korean tech manufacturer is also expected to roll out the official Android 7.0 Nougat update to its other recent smartphones, including, the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and Galaxy Note 5.
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