If you own the Android Marshmallow-powered LG G5 flagship smartphone, then you would be pleased to learn that LG has introduced a "Preview Program" that lets you get a taste of the Android 7.0 Nougat OS before most users do.
However, there is a caveat — you need to be in LG's home country South Korea and be among the 2,000 users to be selected for the Preview Program.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, LG launched the new program on its LG U+ network, which will enable users of the LG G5 phablet to get Android 7.0 Nougat ahead of its scheduled release. The beta Preview Program from the company is on a first-come, first-served basis and registrations started on the same day.
How To Register For The Preview Program
Those interested need to be subscribers of LG U+, which is the country's third biggest network operator and is owned by LG Corp. You also need to register your interest via the LG OS preview app. This app can be downloaded through LG's promo page.
Remember that the beta test for Android 7.0 Nougat is restricted to 2,000 users only and registrations are already underway. Since the Preview Program is on a first-come, first-served basis, you need to hurry if you are keen on being part of it and meet the other criteria.
The Preview Program offers LG the benefit of gaining feedback on any bugs, aiding the company in removing the hitches prior to the final release to all users.
This will ensure that when LG officially pushes out Android 7.0 Nougat for LG G5 users, the build will be stable.
For those wondering what goodies are in store with Android 7.0 Nougat, it is important to remember that this beta is not a part of the Android Beta Program from Google. This basically means that when you test out Android 7.0 Nougat on your LG G5 it will mostly be with the LG UI caked on top.
LG is also poised to release the first-ever Android Nougat-powered smartphone next month, the LG V20, which would excite fans.
Thanks to the beta test, the LG G5 now joins the ranks of the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia X Performance and select Google devices that are testing the Android 7.0 Nougat preview build. However, unlike Sony, which is testing the preview in several European countries like Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, LG is currently limiting the preview to its home ground.
Hopefully, LG will look to push out the Preview Program for LG G5 users in the United States and Europe as well in the near term. The current beta test in South Korea is a sign of good things to come.