Android 7.0 Nougat is on its way and expected to launch soon, so it's no surprise that top manufacturers have already started their preparation for this upcoming update. Now, according to some users of the Sony Xperia X Performance smartphone, Sony has started accepting sign-ups for its beta program for the testing of a pre-released version of Android 7.0 Nougat.
This is not the first time Sony has tested a beta version of the next version of Android on its flagship device, it has also done it before with the Android Marshmallow release as well. If you're rocking an Xperia X Performance smartphone and interested in testing out a new version of Android before it rolls out officially, you will need to install Sony's official Xperia Beta Program app from Google Play Store. According to the app listing page on the Play Store, the user can sign up for the beta program on their Xperia X Performance device via this app and the user will also have an open channel with Sony's developers working on this software. Sony says they will use this feedback received from early beta testers to further improve software experience on the final release. It looks like the Xperia Beta program is not available everywhere as the program is only available for users residing in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands as of now. There is no information on whether other regions will get the chance to test this beta version or not. Also, there is no indication whether this beta program will further be expanded to the other Xperia devices or not. Sony says the amount of quota for the beta program is limited, so in case you are interested you should sign up for the program quickly before it fills up.
Keep in mind that beta versions of software often contains lots of bugs and glitches that may cause problems during normal operation of the device. Unless you're a power user or a developer, you should wait till stable version of software gets available for your device. And also it's always better to create a backup of all your important data before you install such beta software.