Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge May Directly Get Android 7.1 Nougat, But When?

Android 7.0 Nougat officially rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices.

Samsung has been teasing beta users on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge with Android 7.0 Nougat, but we’ve now heard that the final rollout could come directly as an Android 7.1 Nougat update.

Right now, Samsung has been rolling out the December Security Patch to users in Australia. A wider OTA update should be on the way. So far, no new features have been reported for this update so it’s just the security patch for now.

Meanwhile, the beta program has been dropping updates to Android 7.0, but sources say Samsung will jump to 7.1 Nougat when the public update comes. Nobody seems to know when that will be, but there’s already a palpable impatience building up in the beta community of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users regarding the uncertainty.

As reported earlier, Android 7.1 isn’t a major jump from 7.0, although it does bring in Daydream VR support and better touch screen performance. We don’t know yet if Gear VR will get Daydream support, but both Samsung and Google are part of the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA) that was formed to establish best practices in VR development and also to promote the use of VR. Whether this holds any significant implications for Gear VR, however, is not known.

Still, with no information about a possible release date for either Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 7.1 Nougat on a more stable channel, this new piece of information possibly adds fuel to the burning question of when users can expect a full-scale deployment of Nougat across this year’s Galaxy smartphones.

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