The Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update is hitting some devices and today we want to take a look at everything we know, so far, about the Samsung Galaxy Nougat update and its release date as we push into the new year.
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 Nougat, is available right now for Nexus and Pixel devices and select phones from Android manufacturers. Samsung’s lagging but Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners should be keeping tabs on the update’s progress as we push into 2017.
The Samsung Galaxy Nougat release has begun for some of the company’s devices and we expect the roll out to pick up steam as we push deeper into 2017.
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 Samsung’s Galaxy Android Nougat updates and the Samsung Galaxy Nougat release.
Samsung still isn’t saying a whole lot about its Android Nougat release 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 Nougat Update
Let’s start with what we know about the Android Nougat update itself.
Samsung’s Nougat beta and the final release have confirmed a number of features coming to Galaxy devices.
Each Galaxy Nougat update (updates for older devices typically aren’t as robust and carriers typically tack on their own changes) will be a bit different though we expect the core group of features to be the same across the board.
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 Nougat and Marshmallow.
The guide outlines the changes in great detail and will help you prepare for the changes coming with Samsung’s upcoming upgrade for your device.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Update
Unlike previous versions of Samsung Android updates, Android Nougat on Galaxy devices looks a lot like Google’s version of Android.
The videos here are from the beta but they’ll give you a feel for the changes on board the official version of Nougat.
Samsung’s official version of Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is currently based on Android 7.0, not Android 7.1.1.
You’ll quickly notice slight changes to the UI’s color scheme. You can get a feel for these changes in the video above.
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.
An update to the official Samsung Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge guides goes into detail about many of the changes coming with Samsung’s Android Nougat update.
The guide for the Galaxy S7 Edge, which can be found here in English, will talk you through the official version of the Nougat update.
Here are a few key features:
- App folders are now transparent.
- Samsung Pass: you no longer have to remember passwords.
- Device Maintenance: helps you optimize battery, performance, and security.
- A Device Maintenance panel for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
- New calendar interface.
- Improved battery usage meter.
- You can now sleep apps to save battery life.
- Video Enhancer tool: improves audio and video quality.
Samsung also highlighted a few features in its Nougat announcement including changes to Quick Panel and Notifications, optimizations for Multi-Window, and Samsung Pass.
Again, these are Galaxy S7 Nougat features and we expect each Nougat update from Samsung to be a little bit different.
Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat Release Date
Samsung’s Nougat roll out date for Galaxy smartphones and tablets is finally here for the select people with select devices.
Early rumors and reports suggested that Samsung’s first Galaxy Android Nougat updates would roll out in Q4 of 2016. Q4 includes October, November and December. Those rumors were off-base. Instead, most carriers are preparing to roll out their Nougat updates in in 2017.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Release
Here are a few things we know about the Samsung Galaxy Nougat S7 release date:
- A stable Android 7.0 Nougat build is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge though the roll out appears to be limited to devices in certain regions.
- The Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update is rolling out to select users in Korea, China and the United Kingdom, the same regions where Samsung released its Nougat beta.
- The update is 1.2GB.
- The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge firmware is now available online for select regions.
- The Galaxy S7 Nougat release could hit North America in early February.
Galaxy smartphone carriers are also starting to chime in with their own information about the Galaxy Android Nougat release date.
Australia carrier, Vodafone Australia, has confirmed plans to release Samsung Android Nougat updates in the future though it could take some time.
Vodafone’s confirmed Nougat updates for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge though it says that issues were found during testing and that it’s “awaiting new software from Samsung.”
Vodafone Australia isn’t the only carrier talking about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat release.
In an announcement to its Android 7.0 Nougat beta testers, Verizon confirmed its Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat update releases for 2017. Here is the statement it sent out to beta testers:
Verizon will stay on the original software for the remainder of this trial.
Beta trial users will be upgraded to the commercial N release when it is available early next year.
Thanks, Galaxy Beta Program Team
Vodafone UK is rumored to have a Galaxy S7 Android Nougat roll out planned for January 23rd. The carrier itself hasn’t confirmed so Vodafone UK users will want to be on the lookout for new details as we push through the month.
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 be first in line to the company’s Android Nougat update.
Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, & More
Samsung’s confirmed plans to release the Android Nougat update for several other devices in the first half of the year.
The list includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8.
Australian carrier Optus at one point said it planned to release the Android Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy A5 in January. Those plans appear to have changed.
The carrier’s latest update doesn’t list the Android 7.0 Nougat for any Samsung devices, a sign that updates for the Galaxy A5 and others are probably still weeks away.
Samsung’s started development on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android Nougat updates with a release expected later this year. The Galaxy S6 Nougat updates are expected to include a number of important changes.
The company’s also started development on the Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat update and the Galaxy Tab S2 Android Nougat update. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 Nougat update recently was spotted in a benchmark.
Same goes for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nougat update, the Galaxy A5 update, and the Galaxy A3 Nougat update. All three have shown up in benchmarks which means they are moving forward in testing behind the scenes.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 Android Nougat update just appeared in a Wi-Fi certification, a sign that it’s in development behind the scenes.
In addition, the company is also reportedly working on Android Nougat updates for the Samsung Galaxy A7, Galaxy A9, and the Galaxy A9 Pro.
Look for these updates to start pushing out in early-to-mid 2017, sometime after Samsung gets Nougat out to its flagship models.
In the United States, T-Mobile’s confirmed Nougat updates for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, 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.
All of them will go through internal testing at T-Mobile before they are released to the public. They are likely still weeks away from touching down.
Other vocal North American carriers, like Canadian provider Telus, remain silent about their plans for Android Nougat.
Galaxy S8 & Galaxy J7
The Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung’s rumored 2017 flagship, is expected to come with a number of enticing features. In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the company’s new flagship(s) are expected to run Nougat out of the box.
We expect the Galaxy S8’s version of Android Nougat to be a little different than the software running on Samsung’s older devices. While the full change log remains a mystery, rumors are pointing to some potential changes including a big change to the S Health application.
The rumored Galaxy J7 doesn’t have a release date yet but it’s expected on shelves before the end of the year.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat update is now available for select Nexus devices around the world. As expected, it’s packed with new features and bug fixes for lingering Nougat problems.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything yet but it looks like it will base its Android Nougat updates, at least the initial ones, on Android 7.0. This is a bit odd given that a recent soak test hinted at the release of of Android 7.1.1.
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
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update that’s rolling out right now is based on Android 7.0, not Android 7.1.1.
We could see a shift to Android 7.1.1 down the road but for now it looks like the update is based on the previous version.
For more on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, take a look at our walkthrough. It compares Android 7.1.1 to Android 7.0 and Android Marshmallow.
Samsung January Security Update
The initial batch of Samsung Galaxy Nougat updates will roll out with Samsung’s January security update on board.
The company recently posted the patch notes to its website and the patch comes with several key patches for known exploits.
For more on the January security patch, take a look at Samsung’s website. It outlines all of the patches in great detail.
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.