We all know that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are two of the phones that will first get the Android Nougat update. However, it seems that Samsung is already wrapping up its beta testing for these two models since some carriers have started their testing phase.
One of these is Vodafone Australia. On December 15, the Australian carrier posted a Software Update Weekly Wrap on the community section of its website, showing the status of the software they were testing. Eight models were included in the update, and two of these were the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. According to the post, testing for Android N was already in progress for these two models.
Vodafone Australia didn’t specify exactly which Android Nougat version was being tested for the S7 and S7 Edge. However, there have been rumors going around that these two phones will actually get Android 7.1.1 on the official release of the update.
The rumors started when XDA Developer member Mohammad_rvp posted a screenshot of what seemed to be a page from the Samsung beta community. The screenshot showed a message that said: “We are pleased to announce that we will support Android 7.1.1 from the official N OS release.”
This caught the tech community by surprise since everyone expected that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will receive Android 7.0. It’s a pleasant surprise, though, since Android 7.1.1 brings a lot of great features to the table, which Nexus and Pixel device owners are already enjoying. These include a new set of emojis, app shortcuts from the home screen, and the ability to send GIFs from the keyboard in certain apps.
It’s important to note, though, that Samsung has not commented on this, so there’s no guarantee that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will indeed get Android 7.1.1. Those who own these phone models will have to wait for either the official announcement from Samsung or for the official release of the Nougat update.
Fortunately, it seems that they don’t need to wait for long. With Vodafone Australia and other companies starting the carrier testing phase, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will probably get their Nougat update before the year ends or in the first part of 2017.