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 and tablets from popular Android manufacturers.
Samsung lagged a bit but the Galaxy Nougat release is starting to pickup the pace 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 S8 Nougat update, Galaxy S7 Nougat update, the Galaxy S6 update, the Galaxy Note 5 update, Galaxy Tab 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 S8 Nougat Update
The Samsung Galaxy S8, the company’s new 2017 flagship, comes with the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system though the Galaxy S8’s version of Android Nougat is different than the software running on Samsung’s older devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have only been out for a short time but they’ve already been issued a new OTA.
A new Nougat update for the Galaxy S8 kills the ability to remap the Bixby button. Bixby is the new voice assistant on board the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
The update also comes with Samsung’s April security update. The April update brings some important patches to the flagship devices.
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have pushed this update out to their versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
T-Mobile’s new Galaxy S8 Nougat build features performance improvements for Face Recognition and some tweaks to the Camera user interface. And yes, it disables the ability to remap the Bixby button so beware of that.
Verizon’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Nougat builds offer optimizations for the Infinity Display, some changes for Notification badges, and the ability to answer phone calls by pressing the device’s volume up button.
Also know that Android Nougat problems are plaguing the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as we push away from launch.
Galaxy S8 problems include weird battery drain, issues with the fingerprint sensor, problems with GPS and Bluetooth, and more.
If you own a Galaxy S8 and you’re running into issue with Nougat, take a look at our list of remedies and resources.
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 or Android 7.1.2
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 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.
One other thing. If you are interested in trying Bixby, the new assistant coming with the Galaxy S8 in late April, you can do so provided you’ve downloaded Nougat.
The resourceful folks on XDA-Developers have released a working version of Bixby for the Samsung Galaxy S7.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher is also available for the Galaxy S7. It’s unclear if these features will officially hit the Galaxy S7 down the road.
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’s been 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 April security update.
For more on the Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat features, take a look at our roundup. It’ll walk you through the most important things to know.
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 rolling out to both devices in Canada. Carriers include 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 rolling out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 7.0 Nougat updates.
- Sprint is rolling out its versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.
- U.S. Cellular is finally rolling out its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates. The updates mirror the other releases in the United States.
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, updates for Samsung apps, and other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.
Telstra, another Australian carrier, is also rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its flagship devices.
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.
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 pushing out to users in the Netherlands, for carriers in Canada, and to users in India.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat updates are now live for the SM-G920I and the SM-G925I bringing new features and security patches to the two devices.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update is reportedly hitting Bell, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, Sasktel, Telus, Videotron, and Virgin in Canada. If you own a device on one of those carriers, be on the lookout for your upgrade in April.
In the United States, Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to push out a Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update and its also the first carrier to push out the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat updates.
Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ update comes with the March security update and it brings the same features we’ve seen on other versions of the Galaxy S6 Nougat update.
The carrier is also now pushing the update to the regular Galaxy S6 Edge and the Galaxy S6. Both updates are huge, checking in at over 1GB in size.
AT&T recently joined Sprint with a Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update of its own. The AT&T Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update can be up to 1.51GB.
Like Sprint’s update, AT&T’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ update brings a host of new features including Samsung Pass and support for Samsung Cloud.
The carrier also notes that its stripped AT&T Address Book, MobiTV, and AT&T Live from Android 7.0 Nougat.
Verizon is also rolling out its Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update. The Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update is (surprise, surprise) similar to the other Nougat upgrades rolling out in the United States and it brings improvements to multitasking, battery management and more.
The carrier is also now rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Verizon Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge updates bring performance enhancements and more to the former flagships.
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:
- 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 updates should hit Canadian carrier Rogers in May.
- 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.
Many carriers still 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.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is now rolling out in India for the SM-G920G and in South Korea for select users.
It’s also reportedly pushing out to the SM-N208, also known as the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 5. It’s also known as the Galaxy Note 5 Duos.
If you own a Galaxy Note 5 on one of those carriers you should receive your Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat release has also just begun in the United States and it started with Sprint.
The Sprint Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is now available out and the 1.4GB download is packed with new features and enhancements.
The AT&T Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 update is also 1.4GB and it brings a similar feature-set to the former flagship. AT&T’s version of Nougat also brings Samsung Cloud, Samsung Pass, and the March security patch along with it.
T-Mobile is also now rolling out its version of the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update. The update should be available via Settings right now.
While the update is currently limited to a few regions, we expect Samsung’s release to pickup the pace as we push deeper into the year.
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
While the focus is still on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, Samsung’s starting to push Nougat out to some other devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nougat update is starting to push for the 8-inch and 9.7-inch models in Europe. Specifically, the updates are rolling out to the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 (SM-T715) in Italy and the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (SM-T810) in Germany.
The Galaxy Tab S2 update is also starting to push out in the United States. The update is now live for the 8-inch model and the 9.7-inch model.
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 Galaxy A5 update, and the Galaxy A3 Nougat update have shown up in benchmarks which means they’re currently in testing at Samsung’s labs. The Galaxy A3 (2016) Nougat update recently gained approval from the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Android Nougat updates for the company’s Galaxy A 2017 series are also in the works. Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything but the updates appear to be in testing behind the scenes.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 Android Nougat update recently appeared in a Wi-Fi certification, a sign that it’s in development behind the scenes.
It also looks like the Galaxy Tab A (2016) Nougat update could roll out in the near future now that the update has received the necessary Wi-Fi certifications via the Wi-Fi Alliance.
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 Nougat
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.
While Samsung is starting its roll out with Android 7.0, we could see a shift to Android 7.1.1 or Android 7.1.2 down the road.
While benchmarks can be faked, it could mean Samsung is prepping a new version of Android Nougat for arrival.
SamMobile’s also discovered that Samsung’s S Health and Game Tuner apps now support Android 7.1 Nougat. A recent update suggests Game Tuner also supports the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. The site suspects that the new flagships could be first in line to Android 7.1 though nothing is confirmed.
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 rolling out right now to select devices.
Samsung April Security Update
Many of Samsung’s Galaxy Nougat updates started rolling out with the February security update on board. That’s changed.
While some Nougat updates are rolling out with the company’s March security patch, others are rolling out with the new April security update and its patches.
Google recently released its April security patch and Samsung’s outlined the contents of its own April security update. Samsung’s version of the April update comes with a ton of patches for potential exploits.
The April patch has rolled out to the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ and we’re starting to see other devices, like the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy Tab S3 get bumped up to the April security level.
For more on the April security patches, and Samsung’s older patches, take a look at the company’s website. It outlines all of the company’s patches in great detail.
Samsung Galaxy Android O Update
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.
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.