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Google is almost ready to release the new Android 8.0 O update to its eligible devices that include the Pixel and Pixel XL as well as Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.

While this is happening, there are many other devices out there that have yet to receive the outgoing Android 7.0 Nougat and these are led by devices from the leading smartphone seller in the world – Samsung.

As at the time of this writing, Samsung has already rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat OTA updates to all of its flagship phones from 2015 and 2016. These include the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and the phablet Galaxy Note 5 as well as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The Active variants of the phones have also been updated to Nougat.

There are also a bunch of midrange phones that Samsung has updated to Nougat, among them the Galaxy A5 2016 and Galaxy A7 2016, but there are others that are yet to receive this treat. One of them is the Galaxy J7 Prime, which was released in September 2016. In other markets, the J7 Prime is also known as Samsung Galaxy OnNxt.


At launch, the Galaxy J7 Prime came preinstalled with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, just like many other Samsung phones released in 2016 and early 2017. However, the details of the phone’s update to Android 7.0 Nougat have been hazy despite the fact that Samsung usually rolls out one major OS update to its budget phones.

The good side of the story is that the South Korean tech giant appears to be testing the new Android 7.0 Nougat OS on the phone, something that should get many users of the J7 Prime a little excited. The phone has just made a stop on GFXBench with Nougat running the show, an indicator that the testing phase is currently underway.

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When a phone makes such a stop on GFXBench, it usually takes a few weeks before the OTA update starts rolling out to every other user. In short, users of Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime can sit back rest assured that they may see the update to Nougat in the course of this month or next month. This should come as great news for users of this phone, who will possibly be receiving the one and only OS upgrade when this Nougat treat starts rolling out.

As noted at the beginning, Google is almost ready to release the new Android 8.0, something that could probably happen this coming month. Last year’s Android 7.0 Nougat was first released towards the end of August and given that the testing process for this year’s Android O has been quite smooth and fast, it’s possible that the subsequent release of the stable version could take place earlier than usual.

Users of Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime are probably asking themselves whether they will also be part of this Android 8.0 update when it finally comes out. Well, it’s hard to tell at the moment, but looking at how Samsung does things, there might be no place for the J7 Prime on the list of devices that will be updated to Android O. Still, this is just an educated guess, which means things could also turn out different later in 2018. Hopefully, the latter is the case and that the new Android O OS will at some point find its way to the J7 Prime.