Android Nougat has already rolled out to Google Nexus phones, but it’s still not available for Samsung devices. Fortunately, it seems that Samsung is doing its best to release the Nougat update to its users within the shortest possible time, with the earliest rollout reportedly happening before the end of the year.
S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been spotted on Geekbench, both of them running Android 7.0. This hints that Samsung has been actively testing its flagship phones and may even be in the final stages of testing. The South Korean tech giant has not yet confirmed a release date for the Nougat update for S7 and S7 Edge, but rumors say that the Nougat rollout for these models can happen in Q4 of 2016.
Samsung has confirmed that this phablet will be updated to Nougat two to three months after it was released since the company needs time to implement the update’s custom features in the device’s build. Considering that the Note 7 was released on September, it will likely get Nougat on October or November. It’s not yet clear if the exploding battery issues surrounding the Note 7 will affect this time frame, although they probably would.
S6 and variants
Everyone is expecting the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, S6 Active, and S6 Ironman Edition to get Android Nougat after S7, S7 Edge, and Note 7. T-Mobile has confirmed on their website that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get the Android Nougat update. There’s no exact date as to when this would happen but, according to reports, these models will get Nougat in early 2017.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which was released on August 2015 and is just a year old, is eligible to get Android Nougat. It’s also included in T-Mobile’s list of devices that will soon get the latest Android firmware, although it’s not yet clear when the phablet will receive the update.
Even though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is just two years old, there’s a chance that it will not get the Nougat update. This comes from the fact that it has a Snapdragon 801 processor which, along with Snapdragon 800, has been rumored to be incompatible with Android Nougat.
Samsung’s flagship phones for 2015 and 2016 will surely get Android Nougat. But, as of this writing, it remains to be seen if the new firmware will reach older and mid-range models.
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