Google has released its new operating system, Nougat, on August 22, and it already rolled out to Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Samsung is one of the big brands who are preparing to push out this firmware to their flagships and the South Korean company is reportedly testing Nougat on its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were released in March with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and Samsung has confirmed that these flagships are the first smartphones in the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrading list, being followed by the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Note 4, J5, J7, A5, Alpha, A8 and S5.
There are a few listings on Geekbench which include both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge running on Android 7.0 Nougat, while other devices are spotted running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It’s not known when the testing process will end and when the OTA will hit Samsung’s flagships, but without a doubt, the S7 and S7 Edge will get Nougat simultaneously.
Samsung has mentioned that it will need up to three months to implement its custom features in the Nougat build, which means that the update will be ready to roll out by the end of this year.
Users are excited about Nougat’s new features, which include multi-window mode (the possibility to run two apps side by side, at the same time), a new Notification panel, enhanced Doze mode, 3D touch support, improvements to Google Now Launcher, the possibility to reply to messages from the notifications bar, Daydream with Screen saver feature, a wallpaper on the lock screen, Clear all recent apps, New installer animation, Bundled notifications, Data saver, Suggested settings, new emojis, Cancel button for app downloads, Keyboard shortcut helper and many more.
When the time will come, you will manually check if Nougat will be available for your phone by going to Settings > About > Check for updates.