When second generation Galaxy J7 was spotted on the GFXBench early this year, it was reported to run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Everyone was sure, however, that it will be updated to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow after a few months.
Galaxy J7 comes with a 5.5 inch display that supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has a chip set that supports 3GB RAM and an internal memory with a capacity of 16GB.
People who already bought the phablet running on Lollipop were given an option to upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow manually. They must first download CyanogenMod CM13, which was an unofficial release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow custom series at that time. It can be installed only on the following models of the Galaxy J7: SM-J700M, SM-J700H and SM-J700F. To identify the device model, if users don’t know it yet, they can go to Settings > About Phone > Model Number.
A step-by-step installation process was provided.
During Sprint’s Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile smartphone launch, Samsung Galaxy J7 was presented together with Kyocera Hydro Edge and LG Stylo 2. It wasn’t actually a new model, but last year’s model, with a couple of upgrades. It is also running Android Marshmallow right out of the box. This eliminates the need to install CyanogenMod CM13 to change the operating system.
When it comes to build, the new model isn’t that different. The Samsung Galaxy J7 still has a 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 5MP selfie camera, 13MP rear camera, 16GB expandable storage and 1.4 GHz octa-core CPU by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 SoC.
Now that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is out, it is still unclear as to when it will be available for the Galaxy J7 2016 model. As of today, only the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are officially confirmed to receive the update.
When Samsung announced that they will roll out 2016 models of Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, the company did not mention or give an indication that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be used, even when it is present in Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, and S6 Edge.
But when the 2016 models of Galaxy J7 were introduced in China, it presumably runs Android Marshmallow. Presumably.
There are rumors, however, that other models have already received the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. These include Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Galaxy S5 neo Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.
In a final preview of the operating system, Samsung has released information as to what users can expect from the Marshmallow update, aptly named Android M.
- Option to change app permissions
- Track memory to determine which app is consuming the most memory
- Quick fingerprint access to unlock the phone
- Allows automatic backup of app user data to Google Drive
- Automatic power saving feature that reduces background processing
With these features, users of Samsung Galaxy J7 are likely to be excited for the Android M update. Unfortunately, there is no sign of this happening very soon.