The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release is confirmed and today we want to take a look at the most important things to know about it as we push closer to the start of the roll out.
Samsung’s currently focused on the Galaxy S7 Android Nougat release but that’s expected to change in the near future.
The company’s confirmed several incoming Android 7.0 Nougat updates including releases for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy A series, and the Galaxy Note 5.
While some updates are thought to be months away others, like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 Nougat updates, are reportedly just a few days from touching down.
We’ve been taking a close look at Samsung’s plans for Nougat and today we want to take a dive into the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release.
The Galaxy Note 5 is currently running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but owners can expect a bump to Android Nougat this year. Some of you are probably a few days away from your upgrade while others are probably weeks away from a release.
We’ll touch on all of those details here in this ongoing Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat release roundup.
Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Release Making Progress
Samsung’s confirmed the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release for the first half of 2017 though it hasn’t provided a specific release date. That said, we know that the update is making progress behind the scenes.
The Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat update has reportedly been in development for several months. The update has also appeared in a single known benchmark.
The benchmark sighting doesn’t mean a release is imminent but it’s a good sign for Galaxy Note 5 owners looking to get off Marshmallow.
The Canadian Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update has also been spotting passing through the Wi-Fi Alliance. Galaxy Note 5 model SM-N920W8 has received its Wi-Fi certification which means a release in Canada is getting closer.
Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Release Date
Samsung hasn’t confirmed an official Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release date but according to one branch of the company, the update will arrive in February alongside the Galaxy S6 Nougat update.
According to Samsung Turkey, the Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat release is set for early March, March 6th to be exact.
Of course, this roll out date depends on testing behind the scenes. That said, it looks like Samsung is looking to get Nougat out sooner rather than later in Turkey. And, if we’re lucky, regions around the world.
U.S. Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Release
Only one U.S. carrier is talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release.
T-Mobile’s confirmed plans to release a Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update down the road. While the carrier’s Galaxy S7 Nougat update is in carrier testing, the Galaxy Note 5 is a step behind.
The T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is still in the carrier’s “Manufacturer Development” stage which means it’s still being tested at Samsung and could be weeks away from becoming official.
We have seen other signs of life. The AT&T (SM-N920A) and (SM-N920T) T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 Nougat updates recently went through Wi-Fi certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
This is a necessary step ahead of the official release and it could be mean that Samsung is getting ready to hand the Note 5’s update off for internal testing at U.S. carriers.
Most Carriers Are Silent
AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon aren’t the only carriers keeping their cards close to their chest. Most carriers are.
While carriers have started talking about their plans for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, no one is saying much about the Galaxy Note 5.
Carriers like Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, and Telus remain quiet, a sign that their Note 5 Nougat releases could be weeks away. They typically confirm their plans on their Android update roadmaps a few weeks ahead of time.
Once they start talking, you’ll know we’re close to a widespread Note 5 Nougat roll out.
Start Preparing Now
With the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update clearly making progress, now would be a good time to start preparing yourself, and your device, for the upgrade.
The Note 5’s Nougat update will be a big one with loads of changes. We highly recommend getting familiar with some of its features right now so that you aren’t caught off guard once it arrives.
You’ll want to do some cleanup if you’re running out of space on your device. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat update should check in at 1GB+ and some of you might need to free up some space to get it on board.
You’ll also want to get familiar with fixes for common Android problems. There’s no way to predict what problems you might encounter on Nougat so you’ll want to be ready. (Note: Galaxy S7 Nougat users are running into problems with Nougat.)
We’ve put together a game plan that outlines all of this and more. If you do a little prep work ahead of time, you’re going to be in a much better place once your Nougat update arrives.
Install Nougat If You Want Better Security
Let's start with some basics.
If you value your security, and most of you probably do, you'll want to think about installing the Galaxy S7 Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device.
Every month, Google and Samsung release important security patches for Android devices. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates should bring the latest security patches to your device.
Samsung's initial batch of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates delivered the company's January security update while upcoming updates could deliver the patches from the February security update. You can read more about their contents on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download or receive Samsung's an older security update (December, November, etc), the patches from those updates should be baked into your version of Nougat.
On top of the patches, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Nougat update brings Samsung Pass, a way to secure your identity using biometric data rather than entering your password or ID.
Samsung Pass is like a master key for your various logins and it relies on Galaxy S7's fingerprint scanner. The biometric data is encrypted and stored safely by Samsung Knox.
Nougat also brings support for Secure Folder, one of the best features from the Galaxy Note 7. Secure Folder is a protected folder that allows you store your important files separately from the other content stored on the device.