It's a sort of a deal between the manufacturers and the eager early adopters — users get to see and test the newest software before it's even official, but they have to endure some bugs; developers get tons of testing done for free. In other words, it's a win-win.
But it's always a good idea to backup your phone and be mentally ready that something might go terribly wrong and you might have to wipe your device. Some manufacturers even advise users only use a secondary or old unit for testing purposes. But where's the fun in that, right?
So, we thought we'd ask you — how many of you test beta builds of upcoming OS updates on your daily drivers?
Do you test OS beta builds on your main phone?
Yep! Life is an adventure!
I've done so in the past, don't do it anymore
I would if my manufacturer actually ran beta programs (for my device)
Nah, bro. You can let someone else be your guinea pig. I'm good. Finished versions only for me.
posted on Nov 29, 2017, 9:20 AM 6
Or you can try new features months ahead of anyone else. I always try them out on a secondary device first.
posted on Nov 29, 2017, 11:21 AM 1
Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 15, 2015
This used to be a pretty big deal with so many changes between OS updates, but nowadays the changes are so minimal that it's not really interesting to me anymore. If there is a beta that's offering new features that I really want then I might consider it again, but my phone can do pretty much everything except the laundry now.
posted on Nov 29, 2017, 9:21 AM 3
Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015
I have been beta testing iOS for 2 years now. My phone is normally on a beta build. If you want to beta test then make sure you do a backup every time and wait a day or two to see if the new build has any major problems that you just don't want to deal with.
posted on Nov 29, 2017, 9:21 AM 0
Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013
As for apps, I always sign up for beta testing. As to the OS, I use a 3 and a 3T as my daily driver. One with a custom ROM, the other usually with a beta (although currently running a final 8 version).
posted on Nov 29, 2017, 1:31 PM 0
Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 06, 2014
done it, but not anymore. nowadays there aren't that much changes or improvements, i mean my S8 already a fast device, and practically bug-free. unless the Oreo update brings major feature like portrait mode, otherwise i just stay on stable channel.
posted on Nov 29, 2017, 8:44 PM 0
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