For about a week now, users of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge on the beta program have been receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Now, Samsung has officially announced the rollout to all S7 and S7 Edge devices in all markets, but with a caveat about regulatory and legal restrictions on several features and applications.
The fine print on Samsung’s press release also shows that Android 7.0 Nougat will be coming to older devices, specifically the following smartphones and tablets:
“Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8”
The update for these devices will happen sometime during the first half of this year, but Samsung has not specified an exact time.
For Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users, the rollout is already happening for unlocked devices. For carrier-locked devices, it still needs to go through a vetting process before it is approved, after which the OTA (over the air) update will available.
Samsung has tweaked several features on Android 7.0 Nougat for its devices. The Quick Panel now has a cleaner look, Notifications have been grouped, Direct Reply support is now available for notifications, window sizes can now be easily adjusted in Multi Window, and up to seven apps can be accessed at the same time.
The company has also introduced two new features. Performance Mode allows users to switch between four modes depending on whether they want more performance or longer battery life. In addition, Samsung Pass is now available to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices with the new Android Nougat update. Device owners can use the feature to log into several selected websites and mobile apps using the feature.
Over the past week, users of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on various forums have been complaining that they hadn’t gotten the Android 7.0 Nougat update as yet. Until now it’s only been pushed to users on the beta program from Samsung. Starting January 17, as indicated on Samsung’s press release, all users will now begin to receive the update.
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