A few days ago, the fourth and final developer preview version of Android O was made public, suggesting that it’s just a matter of weeks before the stable version of this OS comes out.
Sources close to the matter claim that the final and stable version of Android O will be released towards mid-August or just about the same time as Android 7.0 Nougat, which was released on the 22nd of August last year. As expected, the Google Pixel and Nexus devices that are taking part in the beta program will be among the first to receive the OTA update to the stable version followed by other Google devices that are not part of the program.
Google will also release the Android O stable version to its entire partner OEMs so that they can roll out the OS to their customers. Samsung is the global leader of smartphone shipments, which means it will be playing a huge role in ensuring that most people across the planet have received the new OS. Due to the huge number of devices the company has to serve with the new update, it will definitely take time before all eligible Samsung Galaxy phones receive the update.
One of these eligible phones is the 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7. The phone has been around for a year now and so far, it has received one major OS upgrade. Since it was the top-tier offering before the recent release of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S7 was given the first priority when Samsung started rolling out the update to Android 7.0 Nougat.
The company kicked off a beta program in November 2016 and in January 2017, the first Samsung Galaxy S7 handset received the stable version of the OS. The Galaxy S6, which was released in 2015, was playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S7 and as a result, this phone started receiving the update to Nougat towards the end of Q1 2017.
Now that the Galaxy S7 has stepped in the S6 shoes with respect to the Galaxy S8, we expect the same to happen as far as Android O update is concerned. If anything, the S8 will be the first to receive the update to O and later on the S7 will join the party. Like last year, we expect to see a beta program that will take into account the S8 and possibly the Note 8, which will be unveiled a few weeks from now.
Whether Samsung will have a small change on its release timeline is still unknown, but it’s very unlikely that this will happen. As a result, the earliest Samsung Galaxy S7 users can expect to receive an update to Android O should be in early 2018, otherwise, the device could see the OS rolling out somewhere towards the end of Q1 2018, just like it happened with the Galaxy S6.
It’s important to note that this information is not coming from Samsung. However, based on our educated guesses and close monitoring of how Samsung usually rolls out software updates, this could be the case. Whether the tech giant will have a change of heart and include the Galaxy S7 in the beta program is still a mystery, but for the need of keeping things less complicated, the beta program, which has not been confirmed just yet, might only include this year’s Galaxy S8 models.
The other complication that could play a huge part in delayed Android O updates for the Galaxy S7 is the heavy customizations that Samsung always adds to the stock Android OS. In order to make sure that things are perfect, it will definitely take more time than what other OEMs, say, Nokia, will need to implement the upgrade.