While attention is naturally starting to shift to Android Oreo, Android Nougat updates are rolling out every single day. Samsung’s roll out has slowed down, but it’s still extremely difficult 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 S7 Nougat update, Galaxy S6 Nougat update, Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update, Galaxy Tab Nougat update, and many more.
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 as we push into the year.
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 Note 8 Nougat Update
The Galaxy Note 8’s version of Nougat, which again is based on Android 7.1.1, looks different than the version of Nougat running on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5.
To get a feel for the software changes on board, take a look at our walkthrough video.
Samsung and its carrier partners are rolling out Galaxy Note 8 updates and the new Nougat builds are focused on fixing problems including issues with performance.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Nougat Update
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is getting upgraded to Android Oreo, but you can get a feel for the Galaxy S8’s version of Nougat in the video below.
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.
As for the size, the Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update is in and around 1.2GB. The exact size varies region-to-region and carrier-to-carrier.
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 Oreo.
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 are 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
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.
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.
While you wait for your Galaxy S6 Android Nougat build, take a look at our reasons to and not to install your Galaxy S6 Nougat update.
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 available 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’s pushed out a Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update as well.
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.
Samsung appears to be working on a Nougat update for the Galaxy Tab A 9.7. The upgrade’s popped up at the Wi-Fi Alliance, a sign the upgrade is moving closer to a public release.
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.
Samsung’s also moving Nougat out to the Galaxy A7 (2016) in India and the Galaxy A7 (2017) in Asia. We expect both updates to move onto other regions in the near future.
The Galaxy A7 Android Nougat update delivers the UI changes, improved Multi-Window, Dual Messenger to the Galaxy A7 2017, 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.
Samsung is also now rolling Nougat out to the Galaxy A3 2017 in Russia. We’re hearing that it’s rolling out to the SM-A320F variant, the Galaxy J7 (2016), the Galaxy A9 Pro, and the Galaxy J3 on AT&T.
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, was pretty spot on and it didn’t include a Galaxy Note 4 Nougat update.
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 one variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo update that appeared to be in testing is reportedly rolling out to the device in Canada. It’s expected to hit other markets in the near future.
Other Galaxy S5 variants including the regular model and the Galaxy S5 Active aren’t expected to get Android Nougat. Both devices fall outside of Samsung’s two-year software support window.
Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update
The company’s current crop of Android Nougat updates are based on Android 7.0, but Samsung’s rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to select devices.
The Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the first Galaxy device to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, has been joined by several devices including a few Galaxy Tab models, the Galaxy J5, the Galaxy J7, and the Galaxy C9 Pro.
At this point it looks like Samsung is pushing Android 7.1.1 Nougat to devices that are still lingering around on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
As of right now, we don’t expect devices like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S6 to get bumped to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Samsung March Security Update
Earlier this month Samsung confirmed its March security update.
The company’s latest patch delivers nine patches for critical vulnerabilities discovered in the Android operating system. It also comes with five patches for vulnerabilities found in Samsung’s own software.
Samsung’s March patch is rolling out to several devices including the Galaxy J3 (2017) and Galaxy J2 Prime. We also expect it to arrive in upcoming Android Oreo updates for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
For more on the March security patch and Samsung’s older security updates, take a look at the rundown on the company’s website.
Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Update
Android 8.0 Oreo is up next for many Galaxy smartphone and tablet users.
The company is currently rolling Android 8.0 Oreo out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and the update is expected to move onto the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and others in the near future.
Nothing is confirmed, but it could also come to several mid-range phones and tablets with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 both rumored to be getting the upgrade down the road. We aren’t expecting either to get Android 8.0 Oreo, but the door is certainly open.
For a full list, take a look at our Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo roundup.
Install Oreo If You Want to Improve Your Security
If you value your security, and we assume all of you do, you should think about installing the Galaxy S8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to release important security patches for Galaxy-branded devices and your Galaxy S8's Android 8.0 Oreo update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update delivers the company's latest security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.
If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S8 for the first time.
The Galaxy S8 Oreo update also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay, Samsung's popular mobile payment solution. If you use Samsung Pay, you should probably download the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
It also comes with some enhancements to Find My Mobile including the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
On top of those features, Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type (pattern, PIN, or password).
If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), the device will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.