Between the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Note 5, the former is likely to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update first. This is because flagship Samsung devices are often given preferential treatment, and they get first dibs on any OS updates.
As seen on a benchmarking site, Samsung has been testing Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and are said to release the update as early as October. At about the same time, Note 7 will also get the update, followed by eligible non-flagship Samsung devices, which includes the Galaxy Note 5.
The Korea Times reported that 2 to 3 months after Nougat is released in late August, Samsung will also release its first Nougat update on the Galaxy Note 7, confirming reports of a Q4 release. The updates will start in the last quarter of 2016, and are likely to extend to 2017, depending on how things will work out.
What will Android Nougat bring to Samsung mobile devices?
According to XDA-Developers, an online resource for all things mobile, the update could deliver the following features:
Improved stylus support
This will be most evident on the Galaxy Note 7 through the Grace UX, a more intuitive improvement on the TouchWiz overlay. The same feature will be ported to both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Optional app drawer
This comes with the complete overhaul of the TouchWiz UI. The changes have already appeared in the Galaxy beta software program that, unfortunately, is only available in China and Korea.
Owners of Samsung mobile devices have a lot to look forward to when Nougat finally arrives on their device. But those with carrier-locked devices may have to wait longer, what with rollout being dependent on their respective carrier. Considering that both the Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy Note 5, which have been pitted against each other, will get the Nougat soon is enough good news.
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