Samsung recently introduced a new means for their Galaxy consumers, to take advantage and use the most recent Android mobile OS. Popularly known as the Galaxy Beta Program, it allows individuals using the Galaxy S7 as well as the S7 Edge, to sample Android 7.0 Nougat, before it has been officially released to the public.
This opportunity is only available to users living in the UK, the US as well as the company’s homeland, Korea. China was recently added to the list. The program has not yet been launched in India, as well as majority of other countries where Samsung boasts a huge market share. However, uses in those countries will not have to wait for long, since the official release for Samsung Galaxy S7, as well Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, is happening soon.
If you happen to stay in one of the four countries, that is the UK, the US, Korea and China, all you have to do is sign up for this program. You will have to do this through the Galaxy Beta Program app, from the Galaxy Apps store. You can also sign up through the Samsung Members app, which is available on Google Play Store.
What you need to remember is that, applications are being processed on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, the testing quota is limited. Therefore, you need to hurry up, before they reach the maximum number of participants needed for the program. The program’s end date is yet to be determined. It will also be specific from one country to the other. For example, if the UK deadline has been announced, chances are very high that you can still be able to register for the beta program, when you are in China, Korea or even the US. Moreover, no all devices will qualify for this program.
In fact, Samsung announced that the Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition and the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition don’t qualify for this program. For UK residents, the Beta Program can only be accessed by those using S7 and S7 Edge. Additionally, their devices should be non-operator locked or even open market versions.
Apart from letting users try out the new interface as well as features expected in the next installment, the beta program also allows the company to smoothen any bugs, together with other glaring issues that come with the new ROM. This will be done depending on customer feedback. The new beta program will also escalate rolling out of the new ROM with minimal issues. The overall process will thus revolve around efficiency and timely software delivery.
This is the second time the company is using the Galaxy Beta Program, to try out or asses a new android version, before it can be officially released into the market. It was previously used with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It was the success obtained from the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which gave the company the confidence of using the program, to test out new Android version, before they can be rolled out.