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5 Things to Know About the Galaxy S7 Android Pie Update

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With Samsung’s Android Pie roll out picking up speed, owners of older devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are wondering about the future.

Samsung’s released the official version of Android Pie for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A series, Galaxy J series, Galaxy Tab series and many other devices with more upgrades planned in the weeks ahead.

Older devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 and mid-rangers like the Galaxy A series have made their move to Android Pie, but popular devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are still stuck on Android Oreo.

Samsung and its carrier partners still haven’t detailed their Android Pie plans in full and that’s left owners of older Galaxy phones and tablets wondering what will happen in the second half of the year.

In particular, Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active owners want to know if the device will get upgraded to Pie, when the update could arrive, and what will happen to the Galaxy S7 if Samsung decides to keep the devices on Android Oreo.

In this guide we take a look at what you can expect if you own a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or Galaxy S7 Active.

Galaxy S7 Android 8.1 Update

Before we get to Android Pie, we want to address a question we’ve been getting about the Galaxy S7’s Android Oreo update.

A lot of Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active users are curious if the devices will get upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo, a newer version of Oreo that debuted in 2018 on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9.

As of right now, we expect all three Galaxy S7 models to stick around on Android 8.0 Oreo and here’s why.

Samsung rolled out Android 8.1, but the new version is only available on newer devices and phones and tablets that moved from Android Nougat to Android Oreo for the first time.

The company could surprise us, but we expect devices currently running Android 8.0 to stay on Android 8.0 or get bumped up to Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung’s One UI experience.

Galaxy S7 Pie Beta

Samsung used to keep its beta program exclusive to flagship Galaxy S models. That changed in 2019.

Instead of limiting the Android Pie beta to the current Galaxy S flagship, in this case the Galaxy S9, the company rolled out a beta to an array of devices including the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy A series.

If Samsung does decide to release a Galaxy S7 Android Pie update, there’s a chance it rolls out a beta for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge given their popularity.

That said, we haven’t heard anything about an imminent Galaxy S7 Android Pie beta and we aren’t expecting a one at this point.

Galaxy S7 Pie Update

Samsung typically keeps Galaxy phones and tablets updated with major Android software updates for two years before killing off support.

The Galaxy S7 started on Android Marshmallow and got bumped up to Android Nougat and Android Oreo. Unless Samsung decides to change its policy, the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active will stick around on Android Oreo.

One of the advantages Apple’s iPhone has over Galaxy devices is that it gets four plus years of continuous software support. For example the company’s iPhone 5s, a device that started on iOS 7, was upgraded to Apple’s iOS 12 operating system in September, 2018.

There’s a chance (albeit a small one) Samsung decides to change its policy this year with Android Pie, but Galaxy S7 users shouldn’t hold their breath.

We’ve seen several Android Pie roadmaps emerge and none of them list the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge or Galaxy S7 Active. This doesn’t rule these updates out, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for the future.

A Galaxy S7 certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance listed Android Pie and that got some hopes up. Unfortunately, the documentation has been pulled and it now looks like the listing was a mistake.

Up to this point, Samsung hasn’t been testing the Galaxy S7 Android Pie update behind the scenes which means an official update is extremely unlikely.

Galaxy S7 Pie Release Date

If Samsung decides to release Android Pie for the Galaxy S7, and that’s a huge if, the official release probably isn’t coming anytime soon.

Samsung’s pushed Android Pie to devices like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy A series, Galaxy J series, and Galaxy Tab, but some users are still waiting for their upgrade.

Again, official Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge certifications with Pie on board are still nowhere to be found. This doesn’t rule a Galaxy S7 Android Pie update out, but it means the release, if there is one, is still a long way out.

What’s Next

If Samsung decides not to bring Android Pie to the Galaxy S7, software support won’t stop.

The Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active are still on Samsung’s list for “Quarterly Security Updates”. They’ll no longer get monthly updates, but Samsung still supports them.

It’s worth noting that Samsung recently moved them from “Regular Security Updates” back to quarterly. It’s unclear why the company made the change.

These updates are typically focused on plugging up potential exploits, but they sometimes bring bug fixes and new features as well.

Samsung recently pushed the August security update to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The updates are based on Android 8.0 Oreo.

If you want to move off Android Oreo you can root your Samsung Galaxy S7 and get some of the features from Android Pie and Samsung’s new One UI. The Galaxy S7 development community is still active and developers have already ported Pie over to the Galaxy S7.

Perhaps your best option is a ROM dubbed “BlackDiamond” from XDA member Kill-Switch. Unfortunately, it’s only for the Exynos-powered models. It’s also in beta which means there are several issues with it right now. These include problems with mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi.

If you haven’t explored the world of rooting and custom ROMs, it might be a good idea to do so because it will probably be the only way to get Android Pie on board your phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active probably won’t get Android Pie which means they almost certainly won’t get Android 10.

Android 10 is the newest version of Android and it’s heading to Google’s Pixel devices and devices from various Android OEMs later on this year.

The new operating system is chock full of new features and enhancements including expanded location controls, multitasking bubbles, and more.

For more on Android 10, take a look at our guide.

8 Reasons to Buy the Galaxy Tab S6 & 7 Reasons Not To

Buy If You Want the Best Software Support

Buy If You Want the Best Software Support

If you plan on keeping your next tablet for awhile, it might be a good idea to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

While you might be tempted to go with the Galaxy Tab S4 or a cheaper model in the Galaxy Tab S series, note that these devices will see their software support end a lot quicker.

Samsung typically keeps its flagships upgraded with major software updates for two years. The company tends to extend bug fixes and security patches for a bit longer than that, but software support will eventually stop and you’ll be on your own.

The company also tends to keep some software features exclusive to newer devices due to the hardware limitations on the older models. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with the company's best version of Android Pie and One UI. We expect it to immediately benefit from some of the software features coming to the Note 10 and it'll get a robust version of Samsung's Android Q update.

If you want the absolute best software experience from a Samsung Galaxy tablet in 2019 and the foreseeable future, you'll probably want to pickup the Galaxy Tab S6. 

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Obu

    01/05/2019 at 11:32 pm

    I am a galaxy S6 user and sometime last year I read about it having the chance to be upgraded to at least the Android 8.0 Oreo in December 2018, presently I don’t know if such upgrade will still come or not. Kindly help me with detailed information on this if you can. Thank you

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    01/29/2019 at 10:05 am

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    • humberto

      04/18/2019 at 3:53 am

      and that? they recive you with a pie ?

  3. Soren Smotsen

    02/19/2019 at 6:39 am

    I just made the update on my Samsung S6 phone and now i have some strange issue regarding the display freezing. Maybe is somehow related with this update, there is somebody else that have those issues?
    Reconditionari turbosuflante

    Thanks

  4. Google user

    03/22/2019 at 8:51 pm

    What do you mean today I just got the upgrade to android pie on my galaxy s7 edge

  5. M

    03/30/2019 at 3:12 pm

    R16NW.G930VVRS9CSB1 delivered in Feb.
    That’s Pie, yes?

    • M

      03/30/2019 at 3:14 pm

      That was for the Samsung S7

  6. scott

    04/02/2019 at 10:56 pm

    I got the update as well on GS7 to android 9.0

  7. Phil

    04/14/2019 at 12:14 pm

    They get people’s hopes up about slightly older phones every year. I always think it’s a ploy to get people aggravated and buy newer phones…

  8. Furkan

    04/22/2019 at 7:10 pm

    News about Galaxy S7 receives official Android 9 was canceled.

  9. Derp

    05/21/2019 at 6:49 pm

    Lol scott and m two n00bs.

  10. Rho

    05/23/2019 at 12:53 am

    It is a shame high end samsung phones like S7 edge won’t get recent android OS, pie. I think my next phone won’t be samsung.

  11. R H Mewbourn

    06/15/2019 at 9:57 pm

    Just received some kind of new update on Galaxy 7…I hate everything about it!
    Lost all of my home screen icons of favorite sites…hate the messaging changes…too many ads popping up! how do I remove the new updates???

  12. nunya

    06/25/2019 at 4:49 pm

    The ONLY benefit to updates is better tracking, data mining, and ad revenue.

  13. Noway Jose

    07/20/2019 at 6:48 am

    Actually…. changes when updating to Android 9.0 (Pie) from Android 8.0 (Oreo) include the following:

    Updated design
    Updated Always on Display options and positions
    Device Maintenance is now Device Care
    Location settings can now be found under Biometrics and Security
    Do not Disturb can be found under Notifications
    New night mode setting

    However… whether or not S7 owners will ever get it remains to be seen. You can find your current “Android” version by going to Settings, then About device or About phone.

    NOTE: Be sure you are looking under the heading “Android Version” – and not under – Samsung Experience Version” After the most recent System Update 30… you will see “Samsung Experience Version 9.0” This does not mean you have Android Version 9! Unless Samsung changes it mind… after System Update 30 you will still see your S7 will be at “Android Version 8.0”

    Lollipop: Version(s) 5.0
    Marshmallow: Version(s) 6.0
    Nougat: Version(s) 7.0
    Oreo: Version(s) 8.0
    Pie: Versions(s) 9.0

  14. Mulinde moses

    08/04/2019 at 11:56 pm

    But Samsung is a funny company after having a competer like apple your update should be also extended to atleast four years .if there is android pie on j7 prime why not on s7 phones.otherwise there market will continuously fall on expense of apple funny

    • jota13

      08/31/2019 at 8:27 am

      porque son unos Hijos de puta, por eso lo hacen solo quieren que compremos teléfonos con 2 años de

      soporte y luego que nos den lo dicho unos perrossssssssss con sarna con perdón a los perros.

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