Do you try beta updates on your phone?

Do you try beta updates on your phone?
For a while now, it has been customary for device manufacturers to offer public beta builds of their unreleased software to... well, the public. Apple has a running beta program for iOS releases, Sony has had it for the Xperia flagships and their Android builds, and Samsung currently has one running for the Galaxy S8 and Android 8 Oreo, to name a few.

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!
43.74%
I've done so in the past, don't do it anymore
12.33%
Nope
28.84%
I would if my manufacturer actually ran beta programs (for my device)
15.09%

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14 Comments

1. g2a5b0e unregistered

Nah, bro. You can let someone else be your guinea pig. I'm good. Finished versions only for me.

7. Nopers unregistered

Or you can try new features months ahead of anyone else. I always try them out on a secondary device first.

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's cool, but that's not very important to me. It might have been a few years ago when new innovations were coming out in droves. However, everything now is just so iterative.

12. andrewkb

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 04, 2016

ive done several beta apps. the only problems i ever had were on the finished versions too

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's cool.

2. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 44; 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.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; 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.

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I wish I had one. My G6 is stil on 7.0 with the June security patch. Come on LG..

5. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Typically, I do not, but somehow, My IMEI number got on the beta list for my Mate 9 and I thought it was an official Oreo build, but it's a beta. SO FAR, I haven't run into any issues.

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Was in the Nexus beta program for 7.0, 8.0, and 8.1. Sometimes apps break a little, but generally it's been good to me.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

S8+ on the Oreo Beta

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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).

11. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Nah, ain't nobody got time for that...

14. nodes

Posts: 1159; 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.

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