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Put Android 7.0 Nougat on your Galaxy S7 with Samsung’s beta program

by Todd Haselton | November 10, 2016November 10, 2016 9:30 am PST

Samsung will let some of its customers test its latest software, including the new Android 7.0 Nougat update, during a beta testing period.

The program is now officially open to users who are enrolled in the free Galaxy Beta Program and who own a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. There’s a small location catch, however. You need to live in the US, UK or Korea to start, though Samsung says the program will also open to users in China. UK users need to be on a carrier unlocked device, and folks who own the Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition and Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition aren’t able to participate.

“Throughout the Galaxy Beta Program period, users can get a feel for Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s latest UX, and can provide feedback on performance, reliability and usability. Users’ responses will, in turn, help Samsung develop reliable, high-performing software and provide an improved and optimized experience to all Galaxy users,” Samsung explained.

The new UX should be the user interface that we saw introduced on the Galaxy Note 7 (rest in peace.) It was a much more refined version dubbed “Grace UI” and looked much cleaner than earlier builds.

Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat is still in beta, so expect bugs

Keep in mind that these are “beta” programs for a reason, and you may not have a bug-free experience. In fact, part of your job is going to be reporting bugs so that they’re squashed before everyone else gets the update. On the upside, you’ll be getting Nougat on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 before anyone else, and that’s always fun.

Interested parties should find the Galaxy Beta Program app in the Galaxy Apps store on their phone.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...