August 22 – the date that the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat was rolled out – already feels like a long time has passed. A lot has changed in the world since then, particularly for Samsung. 2016 has been both kind and harsh to one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world. This was the year that saw them face one of the biggest challenges: the numerous instances of their Galaxy Note 7 bursting into flames. However, life moves on and the Galaxy S8 is apparently scheduled for an early 2017 release.
When Nougat rolled out, the Nexus line of phones were obviously the ones that benefited from it. Those phones began receiving OTA updates shortly after Android 7.0 was released. While some companies like Motorola have published posts on which of their devices are getting Nougat, Samsung hasn’t done something of the sort. Well, they did announce a beta program for users of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge this November but just no official roll out date.
What users need to know about Samsung is that they take their time with rolling out new updates. Take a look at what happened when Marshmallow was released in September of 2015. The first device that got the update was the Note 5 in March of 2016 – a five month wait. This can be used as a benchmark for future releases.
Nougat was released in August of this year. If we add five months to that, we have a potential January 2017 release date. Although the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were the only devices confirmed to have Nougat, there have been reports about Android 7.0 being developed for the Galaxy Note 5 as well as the Galaxy Tab S2. Some reports are also stating that the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ are getting Nougat after the S7 and S7 Edge.