Android 7.0 Nougat Beta 3 Update For Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Arrives, Program To Open In More Countries?

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners registered with the Galaxy Beta Program should be receiving a new Android 7.0 Nougat update. Specifically, the third beta for the Android Nougat flavor is now rolling out to users in the U.K., Sam Mobile reported.

With the third beta version for Android 7.0 Nougat now available, S7 and S7 Edge public testers will be able to customize the Quick Panel toggles, allowing them to pick the layout for the Quick Panel toggles, as well as put the brightness slider at the top of it and back into the main notification shade, the report also explained.

And since it is still in testing stage, bugs and performance issues can be expected. One issue found from the new Android Nougat beta update is that the Samsung smartphone takes longer to light up when a user wakes it up. Although, according to Samsung, it only affected a few Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units.

The Android Nougat beta 3 update should be available for registered members via an Over-the-Air process. Once a pop-up appears notifying the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge users of the availability of a new firmware update, users can simply follow the on-screen prompts to immediately commence with the download and installation process. But make sure to have a stable Wi-Fi connection for the Nougat update process to go smoothly and to avoid having unwanted data charges. Beta testers can also go to the phone’s Settings menu to check if there’s a new update available.

The Galaxy Beta Program for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially started a few weeks ago. It is currently being implemented in the U.S., U.K., South Korea, and China. But could there be a chance for owners of the 2016 Samsung flag bearers in other countries to participate in beta testing?

If a response from a Samsung support representative is to be considered, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners from the Philippines can expect the beta release soon. A screenshot of the conversation with the live support rep being asked about the Android Nougat beta release was posted by GSM Arena.

“I noticed that Samsung released the Nougat beta to certain countries. When will it support the Philippines?” the user inquired to which the chat support representative answered, “You may wait until next week for its release to your device.”

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is on display during its launch.
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Recently, Samsung provided a Customer Consultant Guide document answering frequently asked questions about the ongoing beta program for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units as well as the detailed changes and features to find once the smartphone had the Nougat taste. It noted the following.

“Through this program, vivid feedback about performance, reliability and usability will be collected, collected feedback will help us release more reliable, better performing software and provide improved and optimized user experience to Galaxy users.”

Samsung also recommends S7 and S7 Edge beta testers to have a backup of important files since data loss could possibly happen in certain situations during beta testing.

One of the highlights of the Android Nougat OS is the multi-window feature, and according to Samsung’s guide, the beta program will enable testers to easily adjust the window size and use controller. Moreover, this multitasking functionality can “activate more multi windows than 2 apps by pop-up at the same time.”

Attendees watch as Samsung presents the Samsung Galaxy S7.
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Always-on-Display or AOD feature also gets an assortment of improvement. It adds new clock styles, allows changing clock color, and picking their own picture as AOD, and it gives access to apps when notification icon is tapped twice.

Changes were also made to the Home Screen, Lock Screen, Calendar, Camera, Gallery, and more. Upon installing the Android Nougat beta update, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners should also find simplified and smoother-looking icons. Make sure to download the PDF guide linked above for the complete details regarding the Galaxy Beta program.

[Featured Image by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Samsung]