The Samsung Galaxy Marshmallow update roll out continues but that hasn’t stopped many phone and tablet owners from setting their sights on the Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat release. It’s still early but today we want to take a look at everything we know, so far, about the Samsung Galaxy Nougat update.
For several months now, Google and an army of beta testers have been using the company’s next major Android update.
Android N, now called Android 7.0 Nougat, is available right now for select Nexus smartphones and tablets. Later this year, it will land for devices from popular Android manufacturers like HTC, LG, and Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners should be keeping tabs on Google’s progress as we push through the fall. Why? Simple. The Samsung Galaxy Nougat release is confirmed.
Today we want to take a look at everything we know so far about Samsung’s plans for its Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners. This roundup is going to walk you through the important details about the Samsung Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat release.
Samsung isn’t saying much about Android Nougat but this roundup includes information about the Galaxy S7 Nougat update, the Galaxy S6 update, the Galaxy Note 5 update, the Galaxy Note 4 update, and more.
We’ll continue to update this as we, and others, receive more information.
Samsung Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat Update
Let’s start with what we know about the Android Nougat update itself.
Google’s released the final version of the Android Nougat update and it confirms many of the features coming on board the Samsung Android Nougat update.
The look and feel of Samsung’s version will obviously be a bit different but this is the foundation the company will use for its brand of Nougat upgrades.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Android Nougat update’s features, take a look at our walkthrough and comparison versus the Android Marshmallow update.
Samsung’s version of Android 7.0 Nougat is still in development behind the scenes but we’ve seen some clues popup ahead of its highly anticipated release.
XDA-Developers have discovered Android Nougat hints on Samsung’s Developer site and it looks like the update could deliver improved stylus support.
The site mentions the Edge (the bent screen on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge) and it also mentions the company’s S Pen, a style that comes bundled with its Samsung Galaxy Note line.
A recent report suggests that Samsung is testing a TouchWiz UI overhaul complete with optional app drawer. The change has appeared on software in the Galaxy beta software program on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
This beta isn’t available worldwide though. It’s currently limited to Galaxy Note 5 devices in China and Korea.
A more recent report out of China points to the arrival of the Grace UX (the UI that’s on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7) coming to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The update is also reportedly going to bring the Galaxy Note 7’s Always on Display to the two flagship phones.
It’s not clear when these changes are coming but there’s a chance we see them emerge with the Galaxy Note 7 in August and for other devices later in the year.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 7.0 Nougat updates have also emerged in Geekbench test results. These test results confirm the start of the testing process of these two highly anticipated Nougat updates.
Samsung Galaxy Nougat Release Date
Google’s Nexus Android Nougat roll out for Nexus devices has begun. Samsung’s Nougat roll out date for Galaxy smartphones and tablets hasn’t though the arrival for Nexus devices means we’re one step closer to a beta and a public release.
Samsung isn’t saying much about the Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat update so it should come as no surprise to learn that it hasn’t outlined any specific release dates for its updates.
The company has, however, given some smartphone users a Android 7.0 Nougat release window to look forward to.
Early rumors suggested that Samsung’s first Galaxy Android Nougat updates would roll out in Q4 of this year. Q4 includes October, November and December. That appears to be accurate.
The Korea Times reports that Samsung is planning to issue its first Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy Note 7 and it will supposedly arrive two to three months after its arrival in late August. That puts the release firmly in Q4.
Samsung is currently testing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 7.0 Nougat updates though this doesn’t mean that a release for these two devices is imminent. It could be months before the company is done with its internal testing.
The Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will reportedly be first in line to the Android Nougat update.
T-Mobile’s confirmed Nougat updates for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
All of these updates are currently in the “Manufacturer Development” which means they still have a long way to go before they are released to the public.
Samsung’s flagships are almost always in the front of the line for new Android updates and you can expect its current flagships to be first to the new Android upgrade.
After those roll outs have started, you can expect mid-range Galaxy smartphones and tablets to get their taste of Nougat.
The company is reportedly evaluating Android 7.0 Nougat so its plans could certainly change. Be on the lookout for new details about the upcoming release in the near future.
Samsung Android Nougat Beta
A Samsung Android 7.0 Nougat beta is confirmed and it will kickoff sometime before the release of the Galaxy Note 7 Nougat update.
Keep an eye out for Samsung Nougat beta details in the weeks following the release of Android 7.0 Nougat for Google’s Nexus devices.
We expect the beta to focus on big name devices like the Galaxy Note 7 and, perhaps, the Galaxy S7 as well.
Android 7.1 Nougat Possible
In its Nougat announcement, Google notes that its “already started work on the first Nougat maintenance release.”
The company notes that the update will bring “continued refinements and polish” and that it will release a beta this fall ahead of a wider release.
Android 7.1 will presumably be the first major update for Nougat and its release could be timed with the rumored HTC-made Pixel phones. And while nothing is confirmed, it looks like the first update could be Android 7.1 Nougat.
The Android 7.1 Nougat update is expected to arrive sometime after October 4th, the launch date for Google’s new Pixel phones. The Pixel phones will reportedly take over flagship duties from the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P.
When the final Android 7.1 Nougat release arrives this fall, don’t be surprised if companies like Samsung opt to roll out the newer version instead, similar to what it did with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The next three quarterly maintenance releases of Android Nougat will be Android 7.1 / 7.1.1 / 7.1.2
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 28, 2016
After that, it looks like Google is planning 7.1.1 and 7.1.2. Keep an eye out for details on those once the first major update to Android Nougat rolls out later this year.
Get Familiar with Android 6.0.1 & Marshmallow
Let's start with something very important.
One of the first things you'll want to do is get familiar with the changes coming with your version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Each update is going to be a little bit different (carriers can't help themselves) but there some core elements to each.
There are a number of resources around the web but we'll provide you with some great starting points right here.
We've taken a deep dive into the differences between Lollipop and Marshmallow and you'll want to check the basics out so that you're comfortable with the changes.
Android 6.0.1, the version of Marshmallow rolling out to Galaxy devices, is a little different than Android 6.0. You can get familiar with some of Android 6.0.1's basics right here.
And then we get to the device level. That is to say that the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update is a little different than the Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update. We've outlined some of those differences and you can find them at the links provided.
Things will be different at the carrier level as well and you'll want to look into those changes as well. Unfortunately, those changes will arrive whenever Samsung and your carrier decide to push out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for your device. We'll provide you with the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow release notes as an example.
If you haven't been following along, now is a great time to look into the new features and enhancements so that you're as proficient as possible after you download and install Marshmallow on your Galaxy phone or tablet.