The Samsung Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat release is getting closer and today we want to take a look at everything we know, so far, about the Samsung Galaxy Nougat update as we push into the month of December.
For several months now, Google Nexus smartphone and tablet users have been using the company’s latest Android operating system.
Android N, now called Android 7.0 Nougat, is available right now for select Nexus smartphones, Nexus tablets, and select phones from Android manufacturers. Samsung, the world’s largest Android manufacturer, hasn’t pushed out a finalized version of Nougat. Yet.
Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners should be keeping tabs on Samsung’s progress as we push through the fall. Why? Simple.
The Samsung Galaxy Nougat release is confirmed and an early roll out has begun in the United States, UK, and a few other places around the world.
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 still 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 about Samsung’s plans for Android Nougat.
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.
You’ll also want to take a look at Samsung’s own Android Nougat guide. The consumer guide outlines the differences between Android 7.0 and Marshmallow.
The guide, which you can look at right here, outlines the changes in great detail and will help you prepare for the changes coming with Samsung’s upcoming upgrade.
Samsung’s version of Android 7.0 Nougat is still in development behind the scenes but thanks to the newly released beta, we now have an early look at what to expect from Samsung’s version of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Unlike previous versions of Samsung Android updates, Android 7.0 Nougat looks a lot like Google’s version of Android 7.0.
Thanks to SamMobile and various beta testers we have an in depth look at the Grace UX that changes the look and feel of the software on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. You’ll quickly notice slight changes to the UI’s color scheme.
You’ll also notice some changes to the Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge camera interface. The changes are similar to those found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s version of Android.
We expect beta testers to dig up more features and changes in the future so be on the lookout for additional feedback in the days ahead.
Samsung Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat Beta
A Samsung Android 7.0 Nougat beta is here and it’s rolling out to select Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners in the United States, UK, Korea, and China.
The Samsung Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat beta kicked off on November 9th for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users in the United Kingdom and the United States. The beta will stretch from November until mid-December, just ahead of the holidays.
Samsung notes that the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic edition and Batman Injustice Edition won’t be supported in the beta. AT&T Galaxy S7 models won’t be supported either. Samsung also notes that the Nougat beta, at least for now, is limited to T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S.
Samsung Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat Release Date
Samsung’s Nougat roll out date for Galaxy smartphones and tablets hasn’t been confirmed yet but we’re getting closer.
The company 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.
Samsung has, however, given some Galaxy 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.
The Korea Times reports that Samsung is planning to issue its first Android 7.0 Nougat update later this year. That puts the release firmly in Q4.
Android 7.0 Nougat powered Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge models have also been given Wi-Fi certifications, a sign that the final Android 7.0 release is getting closer.
With the Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat beta set to end in mid-December, it’s possible we’ll see an official roll out take place before the end of the year.
Nothing is confirmed and the roll out window likely depends on the update’s performance in testing. If Samsung fails to roll out these two updates in late 2016, we’d expect the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to get Nougat in early 2017.
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.
Samsung’s reportedly started development on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 7.0 Nougat updates with a release expected in 2017. The updates are expected to include a number of important changes.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update recently surfaced in a GFXBench benchmark, a sign that the update is progressing behind the scenes. The Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 Nougat update’s also been spotted in a benchmark.
The company’s also rumored to have started development on the Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 Nougat update and the Galaxy Tab S2 Android 7.0 Nougat update. Release dates for these updates are unclear but we wouldn’t expect them to arrive until 2017.
Samsung is also reportedly working on Android 7.0 Nougat for its Galaxy A lineup of devices. The lineup includes the Samsung Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9, and the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro.
Look for these updates to start pushing out in early-to-mid 2017.
T-Mobile’s confirmed Nougat updates for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, 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.
Other vocal carriers, like Canadian provider Telus, remain silent about their plans for Android 7.0 Nougat.
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.
Android 7.1 Nougat
In its August Nougat announcement, Google noted that it “already started work on the first Nougat maintenance release.” The company also told Android users that it would bring “continued refinements and polish” and that it would release a beta ahead of a wider release.
Google’s update is Android 7.1 Nougat and it’s now available as a beta for select Nexus devices ahead of its public release in December.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything yet but there’s a chance Android 7.1 (or another version of the Nougat update) will roll out to Samsung’s stable of Galaxy smartphones and tablets down the road.
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
For now, it looks like Samsung’s sticking with Android 7.0 (7.0 is the version available to beta users) but we could see the company roll out an updated version of Nougat in the months ahead.
For more on Android 7.1 Nougat, take a look at our walkthrough.
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.