Android 7.1 Nougat has been out for some time now, but the OS is still in beta. The good thing is that Google allows users of Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 or even the Pixel C tablet to join the Android Beta Program so as to have an early look at the preview versions of the new OS.
In essence, what keeps on making Android better is its open beta testing program. With this program, you will be able to get an early taste of the latest Android 7.1 Nougat. However, be warned that only three devices can make it to this version of Nougat. These are the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and the Pixel C tablet. The likes of Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android One and Nexus Player will be joining up later when the OS is almost ready for a public release as version 7.1.1.
So, how do you get this Android 7.1 Nougat update on your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X right now? For starters, you have to check out the signup page, which requires a Google account and an eligible device. According to Google, getting yourself into the Android Beta Program will earn you a ticket for receiving OTA notifications immediately a new beta is released.
Proceed by tapping on the “Enroll Device” option and Google will provide you with the terms and conditions. It is important that you read each single word here because beta versions are not stable and anything is possible. So, make sure you are well conversant with what you are getting into. In case you agree, check the box and hit the “Join Beta” button. This will register your phone into the Android Beta Program and a notification will be sent to you informing of the impending OTA update. Keep in mind that this can take anywhere between a few seconds and a whole hour or even more, so, exercise some patience.
When the notification comes in, open it and the next thing you see will be Android 7.1 Nougat Beta being installed on your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X. Google will keep on reminding you that the OS installed is still in beta form, but this will happen only when you reboot the phone.
Be warned that even though this Android 7.1 Nougat beta is usable, you will encounter some issues, among them app crashes or other cases you may be forced to restart the phone just so as to establish a Wi-Fi or data connection. In case of such issues, the Google team welcomes your feedback with open arms. If anything, this is the main aim of this Android Beta Program.