Samsung surprised many when it launched a Galaxy Beta Program for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users to take part in Android Nougat trials.
The program has since then been availed to users of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge living in the U.S. and the UK as well, be it those on carrier-branded versions or unlocked models. While this program gives enthusiastic users a chance to interact with Android Nougat before the final version is made available, America’s leading wireless carrier, Verizon, has other ideas about the same.
Apparently, the tech giant will no longer be supporting users of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to sign up for the Galaxy Beta Program, warning that it has decided to stick with the older Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for the remainder of the trial period. Those who had already opted into the program have already been notified of the company’s decision through the official Samsung Galaxy Beta app.
This move will not have any impact on those Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units that are already using the latest Android Nougat beta. In fact, these devices have more options on the table, including rolling back to the original OS. However, if you are out there using a Verizon Wireless Galaxy S7 phone and still wish to be part of the Galaxy Beta program, well, there is no room for you.
The unfortunate part of the story is that Verizon has remained mum on the matter, giving no explanation as to why it made such a drastic decision. Given Samsung’s efforts to bring Android Nougat update to its flagships in the quickest time possible, it is possible that this step by Verizon will some figures at the South Korean tech giant very unhappy. On the contrary, the move saw the American wireless carrier come in with a more than concrete date as to when the stable Android Nougat update will be available, mentioning “early 2017” as the official release date of the OS.
As for those using unlocked models of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, don’t be surprised if Android Nougat starts hitting your devices before the end of this year.