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Samsung Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 are mid-range smartphones that actually feel like premium devices. They have a host of features that are usually found on pricier models. However, when it comes to software updates, are these budget phones included?

There are lots of factors that decide whether a budget smartphone gets a Nougat update. Then again, if you look at the history of Android devices getting updates, you’ll notice that the devices are usually less than two years old. But the bigger picture here is that it has a lot to do with the chipset on the device, the maker of the device and the cellular carrier. In short, they all have to agree otherwise an update isn’t going to happen.



Now the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 smartphones are all made my one maker: Samsung. That company builds devices that run the Android system and has been rolling out updates for their devices over the years. While all this is true, not every single Samsung device will be getting an OS upgrade – that’s a fact.

For one, older devices with older chipsets probably won’t be getting the update. But looking at the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 which were all released about two years ago, is there a chance they would be getting a Nougat update? It helps to look at their chipset to determine whether that would be the case.

Both the Galaxy A3 and A5 were released in 2014 and run on the Snapdragon 410 processor which won’t be getting a graphic driver update, according to Qualcomm. In short, it’s not likely those devices will be getting Android 7.0.

On the other hand, Galaxy A7 was released in 2015 and has either the Snapdragon 615 or Exynos 5430. There might be no hope for the 5430 but the 615 is listed as a supported chipset.

Android Nougat may be filled with lots of interesting features, but not every Android device is getting an update – even if they have the same maker.

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