Everyone’s excited about the next Android operating system update, and it’s officially called Nougat. It’s not Nutella, Nectar or Nuts, but Nougat.
But if you have a Samsung Galaxy, or any model for that matter, you might want to delay your excitement further. Despite being one of Google’s first OEMs, Samsung rarely gets first dibs on Android updates. Some even described the company as crappy, when it comes to rolling out newly released operating systems.
You would think that being one of the biggest brands of mobile devices should mean being the best in staying updated. But timely isn’t always part of the Samsung vocabulary.
Android 6.0 was launched on September 29, 2015, but it was only after five months that the Marshmallow update made it to the Verizon Galaxy Note 5.
What does this mean for Galaxy owners?
They could be waiting until the first quarter of 2017, before getting the first Samsung Android Nougat update. The final Android 7.0 AOSP build is said to be released August/September, which could be history repeating itself for Samsung.
But it could be worse if you own an S6 Edge+, because it is likely to be the last to get the next Android operating system. Android N could be rolled out as follows: Galaxy Note 6, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. How far apart in between would be the updates? Your guess is as good as mine.
But here’s a bit of good news. There are rumors that Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge are likely to be shipped running Android 7.0. Samsung hinted, through its MultiWindow SDK 1.3.1, that the next Android phone would be called Android 7.
There’s no word yet as to when the actual gold standard version of Android Nougat will arrive. But it could be on the third quarter of this year, since Google mentioned a possible launch at Q3.
But what does it really matter if you own a Samsung? It would still be next year before you can use Android N on your phone.
If you don’t think you can wait any longer, and you want to see the developer preview, you might want to get yourself a Nexus. The Nexus 6P, for instance, has been getting the monthly Android N updates.
With awesome capabilities, such as a ransomware prevention feature, Android Nougat is definitely something to look forward to.
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