With the rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat underway for Google's family of devices, many manufacturers are working on their own versions of the update for their handsets. LG's G5 flagship is expected to be upgraded very soon, Motorola has announced the list of its devices that will get the update, and just this week, Sony released a Nougat preview for one of its handsets on the Xperia Beta Program.
It looks like Samsung is now preparing to release an Android 7.0 beta in the UK too. A member on the XDA Developers forums spotted a reference to the upcoming preview release in a Galaxy Beta Program app on the Galaxy Apps store in the UK.
It seems that the preview will be limited solely to Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge flagships, at least initially.
Last year, Samsung UK launched an Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in late December, just under two months before its global rollout of the update officially began for those devices. If the company follows a similar timetable this year, its Nougat rollout could start sometime in January, but that remains speculation for now.
Those wishing to install Samsung's Nougat preview will be required to register their devices through the Galaxy Beta Program app. However, while many users have successfully installed the app using the APK published on XDA Developers, none of them have been able to register so far.
One user contacted the Galaxy Beta Program Team to ask for more information, and was told that they could not yet register their Galaxy S7 edge as the program has not yet launched.
Samsung apparently began internal testing of Android 7.0 on the Galaxy S7 in September, so it hopefully won't be too much longer until the beta gets under way.