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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 Galaxy Nougat issues.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat Update
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update is in testing for all three variants. The official change log is still out of reach but a user manual gives us an early look at what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Android Nougat update.
Samsung’s Galaxy Nougat update manual has appeared online and it appears to confirm several upcoming features for the former flagship.
If this manual is accurate, the Galaxy S6 Nougat update will look a lot like the Galaxy S7’s Nougat update.
It appears the Galaxy S7 will get the Grace UX that debuted on the Galaxy Note 7 last year. It also features the new status bar and the new camera interface.
There are, however, some notable features that appear to be absent. These include the Galaxy S7’s Video Enhancer, Performance Mode, and Always-On Display.
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.
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, and Germany.
- 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 reportedly rolling out its versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.
- The Galaxy S7 Nougat release could stretch into Q2 for some regions.
- Samsung is rolling out Nougat bug fix updates to the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge 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.
Galaxy smartphone carriers are also starting to chime in with their own information about the Galaxy Android Nougat release date.
Vodafone Australia has confirmed plans to release a couple of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates in the future.
The carrier recently completed testing and the company is poised to release its first Android Nougat updates.
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, has also confirmed plans to release several Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates.
The carrier’s confirmed Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. And if everything holds up in testing, we could see the two updates roll out in late February. Both are updates are listed with an “Estimated Release Date” of February 24th.
Optus, another Australian carrier, is in the process of testing its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates and says it plans to push them out in late February.
Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone Australia aren’t the only carriers 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
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Android Nougat update’s also in the cards for 2017. Carriers haven’t confirmed their plans but Samsung’s confirmed a release via a Wi-Fi certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
This doesn’t mean a release is imminent but it does mean that one is moving closer. Galaxy S7 Active users should be on the lookout for a new update in the early part of 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 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 Nougat releases.
Galaxy S6 Android Nougat Release
Samsung’s started development on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android Nougat updates with a release expected in the first half of 2017.
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 S6 Edge+ Android Nougat update’s also popped up in recent benchmarks.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Android Nougat update’s also received Wi-Fi certification, a key step ahead of its release.
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.
As for a specific release window, Samsung Turkey recently shared a Nougat roadmap that puts the Galaxy S6 Nougat update’s release (in Turkey) in the month of February. This is the time frame for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
The Turkish division of Samsung says its version of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update will roll out in early March. All of these dates are subject to change.
Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat Release
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 Nougat update recently was spotted in a benchmark. Several versions of the update (AT&T, T-Mobile, Canada) also have received their Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.
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.
According to a Turkish Nougat roadmap, the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update will arrive in March. In Turkey. Again, this is subject to change based on testing behind the scenes.
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, Galaxy A9, and the Galaxy A9 Pro.
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. As expected, 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 (or the new Android 7.1.2 update) down the road but for now it looks like the update is based on the previous version.
For more on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, take a look at our walkthrough.
It compares Android 7.1.2 to Android 7.1.1 and Android 7.0 Marshmallow.
Samsung February Security Update
Some of the initial Samsung Galaxy Nougat updates are rolling out with Samsung’s February security update on board.
The company recently posted the update’s notes to its website and it comes with several key patches for known exploits.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates rolling out inside of the United States feature the February patch.
For more on the February security patch, take a look at Samsung’s website. It outlines all of the 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 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.