Samsung introduced the Galaxy Beta Program in November to give Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge users in select markets the option to beta test the upcoming Android Nougat update. Four builds have seen the light of day so far, but there will not be a fifth — the program closes today.
The Android Nougat betas have been well received, with users reporting a solid user experience and few major issues. So, as a result, Samsung is moving on to the next phase, putting the final touches on the much-awaited upgrade. The company expects it to be ready for prime time soon, announcing that it will release Android Nougat for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in January.
The version of Nougat that will be rolled out is Android 7.1.1, which has been introduced in one of the more-recent betas. However, some users will get Android 7.0 first, but they will be upgraded to the aforementioned version later down the road.
After the program closes at midnight, users will no longer be able to provide feedback on error reports or offer suggestions, but “there is a plan to manage it via ‘community’ only”, says Samsung. Show-stopping bugs should get Samsung’s attention, however.
Samsung has not provided an exact date as to when Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge users can expect to see Android Nougat on their devices, but it says that it is working on rolling out the upgrade “as soon as possible” in January. I can only assume that the first to get it will be the users in the markets where it launched the Galaxy Beta Program: US, UK, South Korea and China.