A new Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 update is rolling out in the United States and owners of the AT&T Galaxy J3 (2016) can start checking their phone for the upgrade.
Samsung’s Galaxy Android 7.1.1 roll out continues to make progress ahead of its highly anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo release for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. While most Galaxy devices will probably stay put on Android 7.0 Nougat, some will get bumped to the newer version number.
AT&T’s Galaxy J3 (2016) is the latest device to get moved to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device is currently rolling out Over-the-Air and Galaxy J3 users are encouraged to check their phones for the update. AT&T’s updates can take a few days to reach everyone so if it doesn’t appear today it could emerge tomorrow.
The device’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is a big one. The update is packed with features and fixes and it requires a 1GB download. This is the device’s first major software update since July.
Galaxy J3 (2016) users can expect features from Android Nougat, Video Calling, Wi-Fi Calling, and Samsung’s August security patch. The company has bypassed the September security patch in favor of delivering a patch for the Blueborne exploit.
The company recently confirmed its October security update and we expect the patch to start hitting flagship and mid-range Galaxy phones and tablets in the near future.
Samsung continues to push Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates, but Galaxy users currently running Android 7.0 Nougat can expect an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, not Android 7.1.1 or Android 7.1.1. Most of the changes from Google’s Android 7.1.1 update are baked into Samsung’s version of Android 7.0.
Samsung is working on an Android 8.0 Oreo release, but it still hasn’t confirmed individual updates.
The company is testing its Android 8.0 Oreo update on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and it’s reportedly planning a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta ahead of the final release. Unfortunately, there’s still no timeline for the beta or an official Android Oreo announcement.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ should be first in line for Android Oreo though we expect popular devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to get upgraded from Android Nougat as well.
The company’s list of Android Oreo updates should also include the likes of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy Note 7 FE, and Galaxy Tab S3.
Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out will be extensive, but former flagships like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 are in danger of missing Android 8.0 now that they’ve reached the two year mark. Samsung typically offers major software upgrades for two years before cutting support off.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 might not get Android Oreo, but Samsung and its partners should continue to support them with bug fixes and security patches.