By now, almost everyone has heard that Android 7.0 aka Nougat has been released and has found its way to Google Nexus devices. The question now is this: when will the latest firmware update be available for Samsung devices?
There’s no exact date yet, but it seems that the South Korean tech giant is doing its best to roll out Nougat within the shortest possible time. This is good news for those who own devices made by Samsung, which has gained a reputation for being late to the Android party. This is evidenced by the fact that it took the manufacturer almost a year to roll out Android Marshmallow to its smartphones and tablets, particularly the older models.
One of the things that Samsung has been doing is to test the Galaxy S7 for Nougat firmware, specifically a version with build number G930FXXU1ZPI9. It’s important to note that testing can take weeks or even months, so there’s no guarantee that Samsung can roll out Android Nougat right away. Samsung has not even yet provided a time frame for the Nougat release, although there are rumors that Android 7.0 for the Galaxy S7 will be made available in Q4 of 2016.
Android Nougat is expected to boost the S7’s performance since it will reportedly bring the Grace UX to the phone. The Grace UX was first seen in the new Galaxy Note 7, and there have been reports that it’s performing well in the Galaxy S7 as evidenced by recent tests. Nougat will also allow the S7 to have the Always On Display expanded set of features, which was first seen in Note 7.
Of course, the Galaxy S7 isn’t the only model that’s due to receive Android Nougat. The firmware will also be rolled out to other devices such as the Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, and Galaxy Note 5. It’s not yet clear if other models, particularly older ones, will receive the Nougat update.