Google’s latest baby, the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, is out in beta. Eligible devices will now be able to get Over the Air updates. Nougat is available for the Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, General Mobile 4G (Android One) and Nexus Player. If you own any of these devices, you can get a taste of what Google really has to offer with Nougat. As you might expect, Google says that the Nexus phones rollout will take quite some time, but there are other ways for Nexus users to get this latest OS.

Android Central reports that Android 7.0 Nougat update can be obtained by registering for the Beta Program. Google has apparently kept this program open for new registrations even after the official launch of Android 7.0 Nougat this time round.

Before you go right ahead and register for the Android Beta Program so you can download the new operating system, you should take a full backup of your phone’s data. This can easily be done via Google Drive, which automatically syncs to the cloud. There are also tons of other cloud-based backup solutions that you can leverage for your contacts, photos, and other data. These include Dropbox and CloudSpace, both of which are effective ways of keeping a copy of your important smartphone data. You might also want to copy your phone’s data to a personal computer.

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In case Nougat fails to work for your device (there are many reasons for that), backing up makes sure that you’re able to retrieve and restore to the previous installation of Android.

There are no limiting requirements to sign up as a developer on Google’s Beta Program.

  • Simply navigate to the Android Beta Program site on your phone.
  • Log in with the Google account you used to register your device.
  • You’ll be presented with a list of eligible devices – from which you can easily select your device.
  • Click to specify the name of the device you intend to register for the Beta Program.
  • Hit on ‘Enroll Device

You’ll be taken through a series of rather simple installation steps. Make sure you follow the prompts and download the Android Nougat update.

In case you want to opt-out of the Beta Program, you can easily do that to return to your previous Android installation. You’ll need to restore your data from the backup storage that you set up.

There’s also another way to get Android Nougat on your device. This involves flashing a factory image of Android 7.0 Nougat on top of what’s already running on your device. It’s a more friendly method. All you need to do is have a part of Android SDK installed. You’ll also be required to activate USBH debugging, and unlock the boot loader on your Nexus device.

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