Samsung has released its final Nougat beta for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, according to reports out of China. The company has seeded five betas so far, and it could be gearing up to make Android 7.0 available to all soon.
According to members of the Samsung beta community, who are citing tipsters on Weibo, the South Korean company’s latest Nougat beta will be its last. It’s thought the company is done testing its latest software and is now preparing its public debut.
This hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung, so don’t get your hopes up just yet. However, the beta test has gone smoothly, and it doesn’t appear to have thrown up any significant issues that will take a while to fix. It’s certainly plausible that the release is close, then.
But how close? Samsung may have finished testing Nougat, but there’s more to be done before it can go public. The software still needs to be certified and approved by carriers before it can rollout to all. Unlocked handsets will get it first because they don’t need carrier approval.
If the claims are accurate, we could see Samsung first public Nougat build within the next month. But if the company rolls out another beta in the meantime, it would suggest it is still testing the software and that will likely change this time frame.