The Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update is picking up steam 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 year.
Android N, now called Android Nougat, is available right now for Nexus devices, Pixel devices and select phones from Android manufacturers.
Samsung’s lagging but the Galaxy Nougat release has begun for some devices and we expect the company’s Android Nougat 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, and many 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.
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
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.
As for the size, the Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update is in and around 1.2GB. The exact size should vary based on region and carrier. (AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update, for instance, is right around 1.5GB.)
Android 7.0 Nougat on Galaxy S7 devices looks a lot like Google’s version of Android 7.0 Nougat.
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 on board 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.
While Android 7.0 Nougat is treating most Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners well, Galaxy S7 Nougat problems are starting to popup as we push away from the release.
Galaxy S7 owners are complaining about Wi-Fi issues, broken Bluetooth, weird battery drain, lag, and more.
For more on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat problems, take a look at our ongoing roundup. It’ll take you through the current problems and show you where to find fixes for your frustrating Android Nougat issues.
One other note about the Galaxy S7 Nougat update: You can now root a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.0. One draw back? You can’t use Samsung Pay if you root.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat Update
Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update roll out we now know what’s officially on board the Android 7.0 Nougat updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Nougat update looks a whole lot like the Galaxy S7 Nougat update. The upgrade, which is around 1.3GB in size, delivers the new user interface the company calls the Samsung Experience. This includes rounded icons and softer colors.
It also includes Samsung Cloud, the company’s cloud storage solution. All users get 15GB of free storage space.
There are, however, some notable features that should be absent. These include the Galaxy S7’s Video Enhancer and Always-On Display. All of them were missing from Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Nougat user manual.
It’s also important to note that Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users are reporting issues with their versions of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Galaxy S6 Nougat problems are similar to the issues plaguing the Galaxy S7 and include abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and much more.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Update
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update looks similar to the Android 7.0 software that rolled out to the Galaxy S6.
The update’s change log confirms several key features including improvements to Multi-Window mode, UI tweaks, changes for Quick Settings and Notifications, Samsung Pass, and security patches.
The current version of the Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat update appears to be rolling out with the March security update.
For more on the Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat features, take a look at our roundup.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Nougat Update
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 Galaxy S8’s version of Android Nougat will also include a new virtual assistant that will connect to third-party services and apps, a new Family Care application, and a brand new Music app. The new Music app is available right now thanks to SamMobile.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch in late March with a release date expected in late April. The Galaxy S8 will hit all major U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon
Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat Release Date
Samsung’s Android Nougat update is rolling out for select devices though it will expand to a number of popular smartphones and tablets before the end of the year.
Here’s a look at everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat release date for flagship and mid-range devices starting with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Release
Here are a few things we know about the Samsung Galaxy Nougat S7 release date:
- 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 Nougat update is now available in Malaysia and France. It’s also rolling out in the UAE, Russia, India, Sweden, Taiwan, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Baltic states in Europe, and Germany.
- It’s reportedly rolling out to both devices, in Canada, for Rogers, Telus, Bell, Saskatel, and Virgin.
- T-Mobile USA is rolling out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates.
- AT&T is also rolling out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 7.0 Nougat updates. The two updates are currently rolling out OTA.
- Sprint is rolling out its versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.
- Samsung is rolling out Nougat bug fix updates to the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or Galaxy S7 Active on AT&T and you wish to bypass the OTA, you can try dialing *#8736364#.
If entered properly, it should bring up a master menu, seen in the screenshot below, where you can attempt to force the update.
If you aren’t successful the first time, try again. It took a couple of tries before we were able to force the Galaxy S7 Nougat release.
In an announcement to Android 7.0 Nougat beta testers, Verizon confirmed its Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat update releases for 2017. In March, the company made good on its promise.
As expected, Verizon’s Galaxy S7 Nougat update looks a whole lot like the updates from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Also of note is the fact that the company’s gotten rid of the go90 application, a decision that should delight many Galaxy S7 users.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Android Nougat update is now available. AT&T is rolling out the update to the rugged version of the Galaxy S7 right now. It’s 1.5GB in size.
The Galaxy S7 Active Nougat update delivers Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass among other features. It also gets rid of the company’s AT&T Address Book.
Other Galaxy smartphone carriers are also starting to chime in with their own information about the Galaxy Android Nougat release date.
Vodafone Australia recently completed testing and the company should be rolling out its first Android Nougat updates right now.
The carrier says it will take a couple of weeks before the updates land for everyone. Here’s how the OTA process breaks down. Other carriers use a similar process.
- Day 1-3: 10,000 phones are selected at random to be eligible for the update, users will be alerted via FOTA Push Message or will need to check for the update manually
- Day 4-13: an additional 10% of the remaining pool are selected at random to be eligible for the update, users will need to check for the update manually
- Day 14: All phones are eligible for update
The two updates will bring new features, security patches (January & February updates), updates for Samsung apps, and other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.
Telstra, another Australian carrier, is also starting to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat to its flagship devices. Both updates have been approved and both are listed with February 28th deployment dates.
Optus, another Australian carrier, recently started rolling out its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.
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.
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, unlocked), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8.
Here’s what we know about all of those Android 7.0 Nougat releases.
Galaxy S6 Android Nougat Release
Samsung promised a Galaxy S6 Nougat release in the first half of 2017 and the company has made good on its promise.
It appears that the Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update is rolling out to select Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users in the United Kingdom and several other markets in Europe including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey.
It’s also rolling out to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users in India, a sign that it’s ready to spread to regions outside of Europe.
Here are a few other things we know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat release for the regular model, the Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy S6 Active:
- The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Android Nougat update is rolling out in Turkey. The firmware is now online.
- The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update recently got its Wi-Fi certification (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, others).
- T-Mobile USA’s confirmed Nougat updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. All three are in the “Manufacturer Development” stage.
- The Galaxy S6 Nougat and Galaxy S6 Edge firmware is available to download. Proceed at your own risk.
- The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat updates are expected to hit China by the end of April.
Most carriers aren’t talking about Galaxy S6 Nougat and it appears some updates could be several weeks away at least.
Australian carrier Optus is currently testing the March security update on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 with testing expected to stretch into the latter stages of the month.
The company doesn’t list Android 7.0 Nougat which means we’re probably looking at a release in April or May.
— Verizon Wireless CS (@VZWSupport) March 5, 2017
We expect to fill in more of the blanks in the near future. In the meantime, take a look at our reasons to and not to install your Galaxy S6 Nougat update when it arrives.
Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat Release
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is rolling out though the software appears to be limited to a single device in a solitary region.
The Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release is reportedly taking place in Turkey and a few other countries around the world. The update checks in 1.3GB which means its about the same as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 Nougat updates.
In addition to Turkey, the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is now reportedly rolling out in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Israel, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. If you live in one of those regions be on the lookout for an OTA.
While the update is currently limited to a few regions, we expect Samsung’s release to pickup the pace as we push deeper into March.
- New Galaxy Note 5 benchmarks (SM-N920G) have emerged. The SM-N920G is mainly sold in Asia though there are a few other countries, like Mexico, that use it. This is a sign of progress.
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 Nougat update for AT&T, T-Mobile and Canada has also received its Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. This is a necessary step ahead of the public release.
- In the United States, T-Mobile’s confirmed plans to release a Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update. The update is still in the “Manufacturer Development” stage which means a public release is probably several weeks away.
For more on the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update and its release, please take a look at our roundup of the most exciting details.
Galaxy A5, Galaxy J3, & More
Australian carrier Optus at one point said it planned to release the Android Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy A5 in January. Those plans changed.
The carrier’s latest update to its Android roadmap doesn’t list a Galaxy A5 Nougat update which means a release could be weeks away.
In Turkey, Samsung’s Galaxy A series is expected to get Android Nougat starting in May. The roll out will start with the A5 (2016 model), A7 (2016 model), and A8.
Samsung Turkey says its planning to roll the Nougat update out to the original Galaxy A5 in late July though the date appears to be a placeholder (July 31st).
The Samsung Galaxy J3 Android Nougat update recently appeared in a Wi-Fi certification, a sign that it’s in development behind the scenes.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nougat update recently emerged in benchmarks. The Galaxy Tab S2’s Nougat update has also received its Wi-Fi certification. Samsung Turkey says it plans to get its Galaxy Tab S2 Nougat updates out in May.
In addition, the company is also reportedly working on Android Nougat updates for the Samsung Galaxy A7 (recently popped up in benchmarks), Galaxy A9, the Galaxy A9 Pro, and the rumored Galaxy J7 (2017).
Samsung is reportedly working on a new Galaxy J7 with a 5.5-inch display, 13MP rear-camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Galaxy J7’s recently got its Wi-Fi certification via the Wi-Fi Alliance which means a launch, and a release, should be getting close.
Galaxy Note 4 Nougat Update
A Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Nougat update hasn’t been confirmed and the device has been left off various Nougat upgrade schedules. (Samsung Turkey’s, T-Mobile’s, etc).
The Samsung Turkey roadmap, seen in the image here, has been pretty spot on and it doesn’t include a Galaxy Note 4 Nougat update. The roadmap takes us most of the way through the year.
At this point, there’s a very good chance the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will stay on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Galaxy S5 Nougat Update
Same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S5. We simply haven’t heard anything about a Galaxy S5 Nougat update.
It’s safe to assume Samsung will leave the Galaxy S5 (and all of its variants) on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.
Android 7.1.1, Android 7.1.2 & Android O
Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat update is now available for select Nexus devices around the world. It’s packed with new features and bug fixes for lingering Nougat problems.
Oddly enough, 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 to Android 7.1.2 down the road, a recent benchmark for the Galaxy A3 shows Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board, but for now though it looks like Samsung will base its Nougat updates on 7.0.
For more on Android 7.1.1, take a look at our walkthrough. It compares the update to Android 7.0 Marshmallow.
For more on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, here’s a quick peek at Google’s next Android Nougat upgrade. Android 7.1.2 is expected to debut in April though Google has yet to outline a specific release date for Nexus and Pixel devices.
Google recently confirmed Android O for Pixel and Nexus devices. We expect the company to talk more about Android O at Google I/O but we don’t expect Samsung to say much about the new operating system until much later in the year.
We should see some Galaxy devices get Android O down the road but we wouldn’t expect any betas of updates to be close.
For more on Android O, please take a look at our guide.
Samsung March Security Update
Some of Samsung’s Galaxy Nougat updates are rolling out with its February security update on board.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates that rolled out inside of the United States featured the company’s February security patch though T-Mobile recently upgraded its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge with Samsung’s March security update.
Google recently confirmed a March security patch and Samsung’s outlined the contents of its own March security update.
Samsung’s March security update comes with a ton of patches for potential exploits. We expect it to start hitting more devices in the near future.
For more on the March and February security patches, take a look at Samsung’s website. It outlines all of the company’s patches in great detail.
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 an older security update (December, November, etc), the patches from those updates might be baked into your version of Nougat. If not, you might be forced to install them manually before you can download 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.