While many Nexus devices are already running Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest OS from Google, there are some other new ones that haven’t yet upgraded to it, not to mention that there are devices that haven’t even received the previous Google OS named Android Marshmallow.
As it turns out, Google is preparing to launch a beta for the Android 7.1 Nougat which is an update to the aforementioned OS that will also support the VR Daydream platform, provide instant chat support and many other interesting and useful features for developers. Naturally, this beta update will first be available to those Nexus smartphones that have fully received the brand new OS.
Those particular Nexus devices are the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P and the Pixel C. Google has stated that other Nexus devices will be able to get it starting with December. So we know this much about the beta, but there is still no mention of when the final build will roll out.
If you own one of these Nexus devices and you’re interested in what the Android 7.1 Nougat beta has to offer, here is what you need to do (prior to its release which is scheduled for the end of October).
- First you’ll have to enroll in the Android Beta program in order to get the Android 7.0 Nougat beta.
- After you sign in, check the Eligible devices tab and see if your device truly is eligible for the program.
- If it is, then press the Enroll button, tick the terms and conditions box and choose the Join Beta option.
- A message will then pop up informing you that your handset is enlisted in the program and that it will soon begin to receive the beta version.
- It can take up to 24 hours to get the beta update so don’t despair if it doesn’t happen immediately. When you do get the update notification, simply choose to download it and follow whatever prompts might pop up.
Afterwards, you’ll just have to wait until the Android 7.1 Nougat is available for download as a beta at the end of October and do the same thing all over again.