A Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update isn’t confirmed, but there’s a good chance the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active get upgraded from Android Marshmallow.
Samsung is working on an Android 8.0 Oreo update for Galaxy devices, but the company’s only confirmed it for one line of Galaxy phones.
The company’s confirmed a Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update and a beta is available to users in select countries. Samsung hasn’t confirmed Android Oreo for older Galaxy phones and tablets, but we’re piecing together its plan using information from reports, rumors, and some details from the company itself.
We recently took a close look at the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update which will almost certainly be one of the first Android Oreo updates Samsung releases to the public.
Today we’re switching gears and taking a close look at the rumored Android 8.0 Oreo update for Samsung’s Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active.
Many Galaxy S7 owners want to know if they’re getting the bump to Android Marshmallow. And as we’ll explain below, there’s a very good chance all three will get upgraded to Android Oreo in the future.
We don’t have all of the answers right now, but this guide will take you through everything we know, and think we know, about Samsung’s plans for Android 8.0 Oreo and the Galaxy S7.
Android 7.1.1 Possible, But Unlikely
One question we continue to get about Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy S7 is about Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Galaxy S7 users want to know if they’ll get Android 7.1.1 before Android 8.0.
Earlier this year, Samsung appeared to be testing Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Benchmarks emerge all the time and this is far from a confirmation. In fact, we don’t expect the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or Galaxy S7 Active to get upgraded to Android 7.1.1 ahead of Android Oreo.
Google released Android 7.1.1 in early December, 2016 for Nexus and Pixel devices. While some manufacturers adopted the new version of Nougat, Samsung’s kept most Galaxy devices on Android 7.0. That said, some Galaxy devices to Android 7.1.1.
Samsung’s pushed Android 7.1.1 to several mid-range phones and tablets, but these devices jumped from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 and not Android 7.0 to Android 7.1.1. We haven’t seen any Nougat-powered devices move to Android 7.1.1 yet.
So while the door is certainly open, we expect Galaxy S7 models to skip Android 7.1, Android 7.1.1, and Android 7.1.2 Nougat and move directly to Android Oreo when the time comes.
Remember, most of the changes from Google’s Android 7.1.1 update are in Samsung’s version of Android 7.0.
Galaxy S7 Will Get Android Oreo, Here’s Why
You might have to wait awhile, but the Galaxy S7 should eventually make the move from Android Nougat to Android Oreo.
Samsung hasn’t sent out a list of devices getting Android 8.0 Oreo, but that’s not a huge deal because the company sticks to a pretty predictable protocol.
The company usually keeps devices upgraded with major Android software updates for two years before killing support. Android Nougat was the Galaxy S7’s first major Android upgrade.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge launched in 2016 which means they’re probably safe while popular devices like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are in danger of missing Android Oreo.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge probably won’t get next year’s Android upgrade (Android P), but Samsung and its carrier partners will likely keep them upgraded with bug fixes and security patches for years to come.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Oreo Update Rumored
A post on the Samsung community forums appears to confirm a major update for the Galaxy S7.
An administrator claims the Galaxy S7 will get the Samsung Experience UI (formerly known as TouchWiz) in the future. The admin says the UI will be available in the “next update” for the Galaxy S7. Samsung is currently testing the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
The admin doesn’t explicitly say “Android Oreo,” but it’s safe to assume Samsung and its carrier partners won’t use a bug fix update to deliver these features to the Galaxy S7.
In fact, the company recently pushed the Samsung Experience 8.5 from the Galaxy Note 8 to the Galaxy J5 (2016) inside the device’s Android Nougat update.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both started on Android Marshmallow with TouchWiz before Samsung rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat and a newer version of Samsung’s UI. So while the admin’s bold proclamation isn’t a confirmation, the move makes a ton of sense.
The admin also says Samsung plans to bring the Bixby voice assistant to more devices down the road though it’s unclear if it’ll be on board the first version of Android Oreo.
Samsung’s pushed a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta and it gives Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users a chance to try the software ahead of the public release.
We haven’t heard or seen anything about a Galaxy S7 Oreo beta or a Galaxy S7 Edge beta and there’s a very good chance these devices miss out. Samsung typically reserves its betas for flagship devices.
Last year, the company’s Android 7.0 Nougat timeline looked like this:
- November 9th: Samsung releases its Galaxy S7 Nougat beta.
- December 30th: Samsung ends the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta.
- January 5th: Samsung starts rolling Android Nougat out to Galaxy S7 users.
- March/April: Samsung starts rolling Nougat out to Galaxy S6 users.
Flagships were also the first to Android Nougat and we expect the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, and Galaxy Note 8 to be first to Android Oreo.
Android Oreo’s Project Treble could help Samsung speed the roll out up, but don’t expect the Galaxy S7 Oreo update to roll out tomorrow or next week.
In fact, Samsung Turkey says it plans to deploy Android 8.0 Oreo starting in early 2018. It didn’t confirm a specific release window or a specific list of devices and we probably won’t get official details until Samsung finishes up its beta testing on the Galaxy S8.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Oreo Update
The Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update hasn’t leaked, but it will almost certainly deliver a nice set of upgrades to the aging former flagships.
Samsung’s version of Android 8.0 Oreo comes with a nice list of changes including new Edge features, an improved Samsung Keyboard, Home Screen and Quick Panel upgrades, custom colored folders, better privacy options for your Galleries, and new emojis.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 8.0 Oreo probably won’t mirror the Galaxy S8 update, but we expect the company to include a majority of these features in the upgrade.
If you want to get a head start, we’ve put together a guide that compares Android Oreo to Android Nougat and a guide that takes you through the Galaxy S8’s Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Android 8.1 Oreo
Everything we’ve seen points to Samsung using Android 8.0 Oreo, not Android 8.1 Oreo.
Android 8.1 Oreo, or MR1, is a maintenance release which means it will deliver a mix of fixes and features to Nexus and Pixel users.
With an Android 8.1 release in the cards for December, Samsung could jump directly to Android 8.1 Oreo. However, given what it’s done with Android Nougat, there’s a very good chance it incorporates some of Android 8.1’s changes into Android 8.0.