A few weeks ago Sam Mobile announced – with certainty – that Nougat development for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has begun. The only problem is that no one knows when it would be rolled out to users of the device. What we know for certain is that there is a Nougat beta program by Samsung for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge that will run until mid-December.
And again, even with that in place, it’s still not a guarantee that Samsung users will see a Nougat device by the end of the year.
When the Galaxy Note S5 was released back in 2015, it had Lollipop bundled with it. The device was also included in the list of devices that could be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Note 5 uses the Exynos 7420 Octa chipset and users will be delighted that it is capable of meeting the demands of Nougat. That said, it’s only a matter of when the update will be released.
Samsung is definitely not known to be quick when it comes to releasing new OS updates. For instance, it took the company a good six months to roll out Marshmallow. That OS was released on September 2015 but users got a taste of it on March 2016. But waiting should be something we should understand, especially after the Note 7 fiasco.
It’s understandable that Samsung wants to take their time with Nougat and see how it responds on capable devices. While they are doing tests of their own, they have also opened Nougat testing to the public through a beta program.
This way, they can get comments and reactions from different parties and ensure the delivery of a good product.
The most likely scenario for a Nougat update on the S5 would be in 2017 after it has been delivered to the S7 and S7 Edge. So to those who are asking why their devices haven’t received Nougat just yet: there’s a lot of factors to be considered before Nougat can be released. Try to be patient and it will eventually arrive.