The Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update continues to make significant progress and today we want to take a look at everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Nougat update and its release as we push deeper into the year.
Samsung’s Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat roll out continues as we move into the summer months. Android Nougat updates are pushing out every single day so it can be hard to keep track of the company’s progress.
This roundup will walk you through the important details about Samsung’s Galaxy Android Nougat updates and the company’s Galaxy Nougat release for popular devices and mid-range phones and tablets.
Some Galaxy Android Nougat release details are still out of reach but our guide includes information about the Galaxy S8 Nougat update, Galaxy S7 Nougat update, Galaxy S6 Nougat update, Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update, Galaxy Tab Nougat update, and many more, including the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.
We’ll continue to update this as we, and others, receive more information about Samsung’s plans for Android Nougat. Check back for regular updates.
Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat Update
Let’s start with what we know about the Android Nougat update itself.
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 S8 Nougat Update
The Samsung Galaxy S8, the company’s current flagship, runs the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box though the Galaxy S8’s version of Android Nougat is different than the software running on Samsung’s older devices.
You can get a feel for the Galaxy S8’s version of Nougat in the video below.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have only been out for a short time but most models have already been updated several times. The latest updates include:
- New Verizon Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Nougat builds deliver improvements to Bixby, Android Pay support, and several key bug fixes.
- T-Mobile’s latest Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ updates break the ability to remap Bixby. It also comes with system improvements and a Qualcomm update for the microphone.
Samsung is also bringing Google Daydream VR support to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ this summer and U.S. carriers are starting to roll out support updates.
T-Mobile’s latest Galaxy S8 update appears to deliver Daydream support to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ though the devices can’t access Daydream services just yet.
The carrier says that the feature is “coming soon” though it hasn’t attached a specific date to the release.
- If you have Profile Sharing enabled (a setting in the Contacts app) on your Galaxy S8, you can send animated GIFs during phone calls.
- Infinity Display: You can turn off the navigation bar to maximize your screen view. Toggle the small and round lock/unlock button on the left side of the navigation bar.
- Infinity Display: If navigation bar is unlocked, it will hide with a sliding animation. Swipe up to view the navigation bar again.
Android Nougat problems are plaguing the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as we push away from launch.
Galaxy S8 problems include weird battery drain, issues with the fingerprint sensor, problems with GPS and Bluetooth, and more.
If you own a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and you’re running into issue with Android Nougat, take a look at our list of remedies and resources.
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 or Android 7.1.2
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 the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks a lot like it does on Google-branded devices.
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 on board 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 some of the 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.
One other thing. If you are interested in trying Bixby on your Galaxy S7 you can do so provided you’ve downloaded Nougat.
It’s unclear if these features will officially hit the Galaxy S7 down the road. If they do, don’t be surprised if they arrive with Samsung’s version of Android O.
While Android 7.0 Nougat is treating some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners well, Galaxy S7 Nougat problems are popping up for some users.
Galaxy S7 owners are complaining about Wi-Fi issues, broken Bluetooth, weird battery drain, lag, and more.
For more on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge 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 your frustrating Android Nougat issues.
One other note about the Galaxy S7 Nougat update: You can now root a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.0. One draw back? You can’t use Samsung Pay if you root.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat Update
Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update roll out we now know what’s officially on board the Android 7.0 Nougat updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy S6 Active.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Nougat update looks a whole lot like the Galaxy S7 Nougat update. The upgrade, which is around 1.3GB in size, delivers the new user interface the company calls the Samsung Experience. This includes rounded icons and softer colors.
It also includes Samsung Cloud, the company’s cloud storage solution. All users get 15GB of free storage space.
There are, however, some notable features that should be absent. These include the Galaxy S7’s Video Enhancer and Always-On Display. All of them were missing from Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Nougat user manual.
It’s also important to note that Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users are reporting issues with their versions of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Galaxy S6 Nougat problems are similar to the issues plaguing the Galaxy S7 and include abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and much more.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Update
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update looks similar to the Android 7.0 software that’s been rolled out to the Galaxy S6.
The update’s change log confirms several key features including improvements to Multi-Window mode, UI tweaks, changes for Quick Settings and Notifications, Samsung Pass, and security patches.
The current version of the Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat update is rolling out with Samsung’s latest security patch.
For more on the Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat features, take a look at our roundup. It’ll walk you through the most important things to know.
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, Belgium, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Baltic states in Europe, and Germany.
- It’s rolling out to both devices in Canada. Carriers include Rogers, Telus, Bell, Saskatel, and Virgin.
- T-Mobile USA is rolling out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates.
- AT&T is rolling out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 7.0 Nougat updates.
- Sprint is rolling out its versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.
- Verizon was the fourth major U.S. carrier to start pushing out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates.
- U.S. Cellular is rolling out its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates. The updates mirror the other releases in the United States.
- The Nougat update for the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is rolling out after a lengthy delay.
- The unlocked Galaxy S7 Nougat update is also pushing out for users inside the United States. It’s available Over-the-Air right now.
In June, the Verizon pushed out key bug fix updates to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The updates, which include the latest security patches, also include bug fixes for a link sharing notification issue, a video message playback issue, a device bootup issue, and a random reset issue for VPN users.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Android Nougat update is now available.
The Galaxy S7 Active Nougat update delivers Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass among other features. It also gets rid of the company’s AT&T Address Book.
In other parts of the world, Vodafone Australia’s rolled its Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates out several weeks ago. The two updates deliver new features, security patches, updates for Samsung apps, and other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.
Telstra, another Australian carrier, is also rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its flagship devices. Australian carrier Optus has also rolled out its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.
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 Android 7.0 Nougat releases.
Galaxy S6 Nougat Release
Samsung promised a Galaxy S6 Nougat release in the first half of 2017 and the company has made good on its promise.
The Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update is rolling out to select Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users in the United Kingdom and several other markets in Europe including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey.
Nougat is also pushing out to users in the Netherlands, for multiple carriers in Canada, and to users in India.
Vodafone Australia is also rolling out its long-awaited Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat updates. The carrier’s also pushed out its Galaxy S6 Edge+ Android Nougat update after a bit of a delay. They include:
- Android 7 (Nougat) OS upgrade
- Samsung Android Security Updates (Till April 2017)
- Samsung applications update
- Other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements
Australian carrier Telstra is also rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ models.
In the United States, Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to push out a Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update and its also the first carrier to push out the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat updates.
AT&T’s rolled out a Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update of its own. The update can be up to 1.51GB in size.
AT&T is also rolling out its Galaxy S6 Nougat update to the regular model, the Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 Active. The AT&T Galaxy S6 Nougat update delivers new features and the latest security patches.
The carrier notes that its stripped AT&T Address Book, MobiTV, and AT&T Live from Android 7.0 Nougat.
Verizon is also rolling out its Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update. The Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update is (surprise, surprise) similar to the other Nougat upgrades rolling out in the United States and it brings improvements to multitasking, battery management and more.
The carrier is also now rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Verizon Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge updates bring performance enhancements and more to the former flagships.
Some carriers still aren’t talking about Galaxy S6 Nougat and it appears some updates could be several weeks away at least.
Australian carrier Optus is currently testing the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat updates though all three of them are delayed due to technical issues. The company says its Galaxy S6 Edge+ Android 7.0 update could be out in July though it hasn’t provided a specific date.
When the update rolls out to Galaxy S6 Edge+ users it will include Nougat’s features and enhancements, Wi-Fi Calling, and Google Security Patches
We expect to fill in more of the blanks in the near future. In the meantime, take a look at our reasons to and not to install your Galaxy S6 Nougat update when it arrives.
Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Release
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is rolling out in countries around the world.
The Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release is ongoing in Turkey, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Israel, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, India for the SM-G920G, and in South Korea for select users.
Android 7.0 Nougat is also now pushing out to the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe. The European version of the update is similar to the upgrade that’s landed in North America and Asia.
It’s also reportedly pushing out to the SM-N208 which is the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 5. It’s also known as the Galaxy Note 5 Duos.
The Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is also rolling out in the United States.
The Sprint Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is now available out and the 1.4GB download is packed with new features and enhancements.
The AT&T Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 update is also 1.4GB and it brings a similar feature-set to the former flagship. AT&T’s version of Nougat also brings Samsung Cloud, Samsung Pass, and the March security patch along with it.
T-Mobile is also now rolling out its version of the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update. The update should be available via Settings right now.
Elsewhere, Australian carrier Vodafone’s rolling out its Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update. The carrier’s update delivers these changes to the popular device:
- Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS upgrade
- Samsung Android Security Updates (2017 March)
- Samsung applications update
- Other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements
Fellow Australian carrier Telstra recently pushed out a Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update as well.
Australian carrier Optus says it plans to roll out a Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update but that the software is delayed due to technical issues.
The carrier says the update’s been “withdrawn due to network issues” and that “Samsung now working on new update including VoLTE and WiFi calling capability.” The carrier hopes to get the update out in July but a specific release date is out of reach at this point.
For more on the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update and its release, please take a look at our roundup of the most exciting details.
Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy A5, Galaxy J3, & More
While the focus is still on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 Nougat updates, Samsung’s pushing Android 7.0 Nougat out to other Galaxy-branded devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nougat update is pushing for the 8-inch and 9.7-inch models in Europe. Specifically, the updates are rolling out to the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 (SM-T715) in Italy and the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (SM-T810) in Germany.
The Galaxy Tab S2 update is also rolling out in the United States. The update is now live for the 8-inch model and the 9.7-inch model. T-Mobile’s pushed it out to its Galaxy Tab S2. AT&T and Verizon have pushed it out to their Galaxy Tab S2 models as well.
In Australia, Vodafone’s pushed out its version of the Galaxy Tab S2 Android Nougat update. The upgrade is rolling out to the 9.7-inch model, also known as the SM-T815Y. The update comes with:
- Android Nougat (7.0) OS upgrade
- Samsung Android Security Updates (May 2017)
- Samsung applications update
- Other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements
Samsung’s also now pushing out the Galaxy Tab A Nougat update to the 10-inch model. It’s pushing to the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+LTE variants.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Nougat update is also pushing out to the T585 variant in Europe with Dutch, Italian and German owners confirming availability in their countries.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy Tab, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the Nougat update when it arrives for your device.
Samsung’s rolling out the Galaxy A5 2016 Nougat update to users in Russia. The update is available Over-the-Air. The upgrade is also rolling out to the Galaxy A5 2016 in India, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and the Netherlands. The update reportedly comes with the latest security patches.
The Galaxy A5 Nougat update brings the UI changes that arrived with Samsung’s other Nougat releases. It also brings Samsung Cloud support, the changes to the camera interface, and the popular Device Maintenance mode.
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.
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).
Samsung’s also moving Nougat out to the Galaxy A7 (2016) in India. The update is less than 1GB in size.
The Galaxy A7 Android Nougat update delivers the UI changes, improved Multi-Window, Samsung Pass, and various performance improvements.
The company’s also now pushing out the Galaxy A3 (2016) Android Nougat update. The firmware is reportedly available in Europe (Germany) though its feature-set is reportedly limited. Nougat’s popular blue light filter seems to be missing.
Android Nougat updates for the company’s Galaxy A 2017 series are also in the works. Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything but the updates appear to be in testing behind the scenes. The Galaxy A3 (2017) Nougat update’s shown up in a GFX benchmark.
The Android Nougat update also appears to be in testing for the Galaxy A8 (2016). The update recently appeared in a GFX benchmark.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 Android Nougat update’s appeared in a Wi-Fi certification, a sign that it’s in development behind the scenes.
Samsung’s also prepping a Nougat update for the 2015 version of the Galaxy J7. The company hasn’t confirmed the update but the software recently got a Wi-Fi certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The company is also reportedly working on Android 7.0 Nougat updates for the Galaxy A9, the Galaxy A9 Pro, and the Galaxy J7 (2017). The update’s also been spotted in benchmarks for the Galaxy A9 Pro.
The two devices are currently running Android Marshmallow but they’ve both appeared at the Wi-Fi Alliance running Android 7.0 Nougat.
We don’t have a release date to share but their clearance there means they’re one step closer to their release. Be on the look out for a roll out in the coming days.
Galaxy Note 4 Nougat Update
A Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Nougat update hasn’t been confirmed and the device has been left off various Nougat upgrade schedules. (Samsung Turkey’s, T-Mobile’s, etc).
The Samsung Turkey Nougat roadmap, seen in the image here, has been pretty spot on and it doesn’t include a Galaxy Note 4 Nougat update. The roadmap takes us most of the way through the year.
Nothing is confirmed but there’s a very good chance the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will stay on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update.
Galaxy S5 Nougat Update
The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge might not get Android Nougat but there’s a chance a Galaxy S5 variant gets the bump from Marshmallow to Nougat.
Nothing is confirmed but Samsung appears to be testing Android Nougat on the Galaxy S5 Neo, the company’s LTE-A powered variant.
The device, which recently got a security patch, has shown up in a GFXBench benchmark running Samsung’s Android 7.0 Nougat update.
The Galaxy S5 Neo’s also passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance running Android 7.0. This certification is a big step toward a public release.
No word yet on other Galaxy S5 variants.
Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update
Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is still available for select devices around the world. Android 7.1.1 comes with some new features and crucial bug fixes for lingering Nougat problems.
Samsung could be planning Android 7.1.1 Nougat roll outs but the company’s Nougat release is still limited to Android 7.0.
Samsung is starting its roll out with Android 7.0, we could see a shift to Android 7.1.1 or Android 7.1.2 down the road. Here are a few things we know:
- A recent benchmark for the Galaxy A3 shows Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. A more recent benchmark shows a Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.1.1.
- SamMobile’s also discovered that Samsung’s S Health and Game Tuner apps now support Android 7.1 Nougat.
- A recent listing at the TENAA suggests the upcoming Galaxy J3 2017 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. A Wi-Fi certification in China supports this.
- The Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly be tested with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board.
- The Galaxy Note 8’s shown up in purported benchmarks running Android 7.1.1.
For more on Android 7.1 Nougat, take a look at our walkthrough.
Samsung July Security Update
Samsung’s July security update brings a nice list of patches to Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
The July update is a little smaller than the June patch but it still comes with patches for 65 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) and 16 patches that were specifically crafted for Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets.
The patch is currently rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy A7 2017, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in Europe, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in Canada, the Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 Edge. AT&T’s also pushed the patch out to its Galaxy S7 Active.
It’s also pushing out to mid-range devices like the Galaxy J7 2017 and the Galaxy A5 2017 and former flagships like the Galaxy Note 4.
If you haven’t received the July security patch yet there’s a good chance you’ll see it push out to your device in the very near future.
Samsung’s June patch is also pushing out to the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge in select regions. It’s also now pushing to AT&T’s Galaxy S7 Active.
The Galaxy S7 Active’s June patch also delivers some key bug fixes including an Advanced Messaging fix, a AT&T Messages Backup and Sync fix, a Wi-Fi Calling fix, Video Calling improvements, Samsung Knox fixes and improvements, Calendar fixes, and various other fixes and improvements.
The company’s also rolling the update out to mid-range devices like the Galaxy J2 Prime, Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017). AT&T’s also pushed out the June patch to the aging Galaxy Note 4.
We’re also seeing older security updates roll out to older models like the Galaxy Grand Prime.
T-Mobile recently pushed out the May security patch to the Galaxy Grand Prime, a mid-range phone that’s currently running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
For more on the contents of the July security patch and Samsung’s older security updates, take a look at the rundown on the company’s website.
Samsung Galaxy Android O Update
Google recently confirmed Android 8.0, also known as Android O, for Pixel and Nexus devices. The update is now in the third phase of its beta but we don’t expect Samsung to say much about the new operating system until much later in the year.
The official Android O release date for Pixel devices and select Nexus devices is confirmed for late summer. We expect a release in August or September.
We should see some Samsung Galaxy devices get Android O down the road but we don’t expect anything to emerge until Google releases the official firmware for Nexus and Pixel devices in Q3.
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 will deliver newer security patches from Samsung and Google. You can read more about them over on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download or receive an older security update (December, November, etc), the patches from those updates might be baked into your version of Nougat. If not, you might be forced to install them manually before you can download 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.