Samsung's Galaxy beta program is in spotlight after an eagle-eyed S7 Edge owner spotted the Galaxy Beta Program in the Galaxy Apps store. Adding fuel to the fire, the company seems to have inadvertently leaked tons of information about its upcoming Galaxy Beta Program on its official Apps store.
It is now clear that the beta program will be open for select Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets starting 9 November in the US, UK, South Korea and China. Avid Android users who own any specified S7 model can participate in the beta program for testing the new Android 7.0 Nougat update, ahead of its official release.
The beta testers can provide feedback and helpful information about inherent bugs in the update, and thereby, the developers will have first-hand information on the key bug-fixes to be rolled out in the subsequent Nougat updates, ahead of its final aka public release.
Those who enrol themselves into the Galaxy beta program will have exclusive access to the incoming Nougat beta updates until mid-December. However, the participants can continue to use the beta software even after the expiry date as a special privilege offered by Samsung.
Interested Galaxy S7/S7 Edge users can go ahead and download the Galaxy Beta Program app via Galaxy Apps Store. Then you need to submit an application form via the Registration menu wherein you will be prompted to input your Samsung account credentials.
After you have completed the registration process via Samsung website, the Nougat update should show up under the phone's settings menu when you search for system updates.
Samsung will reportedly employ selective filtering for choosing the right candidates for the beta program by limiting access to specific models of the S7 and S7 Edge in the US. The models which are eligible for the beta program include Sprint (SM-G93xP), T-Mobile (SM-G93xT), and Verizon (SM-G93xV) while the AT&T S7 owners and the unlocked versions (SM-G93xU) in the US do not qualify.
However, the unlocked versions of the S7 and S7 Edge in the UK are eligible for the beta program.
Furthermore, the FAQs posted on the Beta Program section clearly indicate that the S7 Edge Olympic Games and Batman Injustice Editions will not be eligible regardless of their country or region.
The South Korean users with SKTelecom (SM-G93xS), KT(SM-G93xK), and LGU+ (SM-G93xL) variants of the S7 handset will be eligible for testing the Nougat beta update starting 9 November.
The Chinese website does not mention any models in the FAQ section that would support the beta program.