Samsung is bringing the Android 7.0 Nougat system to all Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge) models and older models might also be available to several older models, including all S6 handsets, Galaxy Note 5, Tab A with S Pen, Tab S2, A3 and A8, with more potentially being confirmed as well.
The key issue is, a lot of people don’t have Nougat yet, and they’re really frustrated about it because it seems like Nougat has all these amazing new features, but they are just out of reach.
So why do people want Nougat on Samsung so bad?
Nougat has a lot of new Android features that are really well thought out improvements of the previous system including:
- The Quick Panel is smarter and cleaner
- Icons are categorised in a much more efficient way, with groupings making a lot more sense now
- S7 and S7 Edge handsets will also have Direct Reply notification ability, which means you can reply to a message when notified, without leaving the app you are currently on
- Split screen view and pop-up window features enabling multi-app interaction
- New high performance mode with different adjustment modes for various features
- Samsung Pass (S7 and S7 Edge only) – the ability to log into apps and websites using just your fingerprint
How Do You Get Nougat on Samsung?
So now you know why it’s so great, you probably want to know how you can get is on your Samsung phone. Firstly be aware that, the update is having a very slow rollout and Samsung are very clear that this can only be done very slowly, taking around half a year. This is because testing needs to be done, and testing is an extremely important, but slow process.
At present Samsung have not given out information on when carrier services are due to get Nougat, likely because they cannot say how long testing will take. Have an unlocked handset in China, US and UK? You should be one of the first to get Nougat. If your phone is locked to carriers such as Verizon and AT&T, you can only get the update once your carrier has approved it. There are lots of tip online on how to get it ahead of time, but official advice is that you wait for an official update, which could take months.
Within the last few days, news broke of another update from Samsung which could cause those getting the Nougat to have an instantly out of date system. The update, likely to be called Android O is going to be announced in May, around the time Samsung handset owners have probably only just got their hands on the Nougat update. The O update may then take until 2018 to reach Samsung handset owners.
It may not be all good news, but, at the very least, you can know your phone is constantly being updated, and Google are always looking to improve your user experience, even if it takes a little time for you to get the goods to enjoy those improvements…