Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1 Update: 5 Things to Know Now

Samsung’s Galaxy Android Nougat roll continues to make progress and the company’s now rolling out a new version, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, ahead of the Android 8.0 Oreo roll out.

New Android 7.0 Nougat updates continue to hit Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy Tab models around the world. The software’s also hitting mid-range devices with even more Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat updates planned for the fall.

While some Galaxy users have their sights set on Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo release, especially now that Google’s confirmed a release for Samsung’s Galaxy devices, others are still curious about the Android 7.1 Nougat update.

In August, Samsung confirmed one Android 7.1.1 update though the update is now expanding to other devices. Most devices will probably remain on Android 7.0 but a select group will get upgraded to Android 7.1.1.

We continue to get questions from Galaxy users so today we want to roundup everything we currently know about Samsung’s plans for Android 7.1.

Galaxy Note 8 Android 7.1.1 Update

The company’s new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. You can get a feel for the operating system in the video below.

The Galaxy Note 8 was the first device to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat but it’s no longer the only Galaxy device running the newer version of Android Nougat.

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 Android 7.1.1 Update

Samsung is starting to roll out Android 7.1.1 to a couple of Galaxy Tab tablets.

The company is currently pushing Android 7.1.1 Nougat out to the Galaxy Tab A 9.7. The update is available in a few different markets including Germany, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, and Spain. It should expand to other markets as we push deeper into the year.

The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 was previously running Android Marshmallow, not Android Nougat.

Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update in U.S.

U.S. Cellular is pushing Android 7.1.1 to the Galaxy Tab E in the United States. Like the Galaxy Tab A 9.7, the Galaxy Tab E was previously running Android Marshmallow.

Verizon’s also rolling out a Galaxy Tab E Android 7.1.1 update and AT&T’s pushed an Android 7.1.1 update out to the Galaxy J3 2016.

At this point it looks like the company is only bumping Marshmallow-powered devices to Android 7.1.1. Devices that are running Android 7.0 will probably stay on Android 7.0.

Most of the changes from Android 7.1.1 are baked into Samsung’s version of Android 7.0 so this shouldn’t be a huge deal for Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S6 users.

That said, there have been a few other Android 7.1 sightings as Samsung’s Android Nougat roll out drags on.

Galaxy S7 Android 7.1 Update

A Galaxy A3 (2016) benchmark shows Android 7.1.1 Nougat running on board. More recently, someone unearthed a benchmark showing a Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.1.1.

We’ve also seen alleged benchmarks suggest that Samsung is testing Android 7.1.1 on the unannounced Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018). Benchmarks can be faked but they’ve also proven accurate in the past.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Update

Android 7.1.1 isn’t the only update on the horizon for Galaxy phones and tablets.

Google’s rolled its Android 8.0 Oreo update out to Nexus and Pixel devices and the company says updates from popular manufacturers like HTC, OnePlus, and yes, Samsung will start rolling out before the end of the year.

Of course, that doesn’t guarantee an official version of Android Oreo will hit the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 before 2017 ends. Everything depends on testing and we could see Samsung trot out a beta before starting up the widespread roll out.

Samsung is reportedly working on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android Oreo updates behind the scenes and the company is expected to put the two updates into public testing ahead of a widespread release.

Don’t be surprised if Android Oreo and Android 7.1.1 roll out alongside one another.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To

Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

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Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

Unless it drastically shakes things up, we expect Samsung to release an Android Oreo beta for select Galaxy devices. 

In late 2015, Samsung released an Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. The beta gave users a chance to try the features early, but more importantly, it helped Samsung squash bugs ahead of the software's release.

This wasn't the first time Samsung publicly tested new Android software. The company also ran an Android Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 back in 2015. The Galaxy Note 7 wasn't included in the Nougat beta because, well, it started blowing up. 

Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like the company is prepping an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. 

Look for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and, perhaps, the new Galaxy Note 8 to take part. If you own an older device like the Galaxy S7 or a mid-range device , your chances of seeing a beta are much slimmer. 

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  12. Tyrone Ingram

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