Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and Galaxy J7 2017 are the official successors to the Galaxy A3 2016 and Galaxy J7 2016.
From the naming, you can see that the latter pair was released in 2016 and the former pair came out this year. Where Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 was released earlier this year and is already available for purchase in markets across the planet, the Galaxy J7 2017 has just started selling in some markets across the globe, with others still on the waiting list.
Unlike the Galaxy J7 2017 that came preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, the Galaxy A3 2017 has Android 6.0 Marshmallow running the show out of the box. This means that buyers of this phone will have to deal with an operating system that is more than a year old following its 2015 release. This is the same OS that you find on the Galaxy J7 2016 out of the box, a phone that was released last year months before the A3 2017 came to life.
Despite everything, Samsung seems to be working hard to ensure that these two phones – the Galaxy A3 2017 and Galaxy J7 2016 – are updated to the latest version of the OS available on the market, which is Android 7.0 Nougat. Before the update is made available to all units of the two phones, it has to be tested internally to make sure that everything is in order.
This has been happening for both phones, with the Galaxy J7 2016 previously appearing on GFXBench back in June rocking Android 7.0 Nougat. At the time, there was no word on when the OS would be released to the rest of the J7 2016 devices, but according to the latest happenings, fans of the phones won’t be waiting for long before they can get to enjoy the same features as what buyers of the J7 2017 are enjoying at the moment.
The story is not too different as far as the Galaxy A3 2017 is concerned, where the phone has just been cleared by the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 7.0 Nougat running the show. With this move, it confirms that the pair will be updated to the Nougat OS very soon, probably in the coming weeks that lead to mid-August, but this is not a guarantee.
The news of Samsung finalizing on plans of rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Galaxy A3 2017 comes at a time when the Galaxy A3 2016 is receiving the same treat. The first users to report the update did so last month, but this was only confirmed in Germany. As at the time of this writing, folks in Netherlands have joined the party, but the update is still limited to the T-Mobile variants of the phone.
Despite the limited nature of the rollout, the fact that the update is now in its second major market following its first release in June is an indicator that other markets will be following suit very soon. One little problem, though, is that the W-Fi listings did not give us a specific date as to when the Galaxy A3 2017 and Galaxy J7 2016 will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, but looking at history, we are looking at another two to four weeks of waiting before the OS finally starts rolling out over the air.
Those using the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017 should also receive the Nougat update at about the same time following the two phones’ clearance at the Wi-Fi Alliance a few days ago. As for the Galaxy J5 2016, there’s still no clear communication as to whether the device will be updated to the new OS, but the details should be clearer in the coming days once the Galaxy J7 2016 starts receiving the Nougat treat.