Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are expected to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update, but when it is exactly going to happen remains a question. The latest reports suggest that the South Korean tech conglomerate is already testing the Android Nougat build on these 2016 flagship devices.
According to GSM Arena, there were Geekbench listings possibly hinting that the Android 7.0 Nougat update for these smartphones may already be on its way. The screenshots show Android 7.0 as the operating system listed for SM-G930F and SM-G935F, the model numbers of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, respectively.
Aside from the new features that will be delivered by Google's Android 7.0 Nougat OS, the upcoming firmware update will also contain fresh goodies from Samsung. According to Sam Mobile, the new firmware will reportedly bring in Grace UX, the TouchWiz successor that was first introduced in their latest phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. And seemingly, compared to its current software, various reports are saying that the new UI is performing better and smoother on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
GSM Arena has this to say about the rumored improvement on S7 and S7 Edge's UI performance.
"That's certainly good news for owners of the flagship duo, yet it's unclear if the enhanced performance is thanks to Samsung's new interface, the underlying new Android release, or both of these factors. Either way, Nougat should be on its way to the S7 and S7 edge in a few months."
Of course, Samsung's latest smartphone offering, the controversial Galaxy Note 7, is getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update as well. Even though the specific schedule of arrival of the mobile firmware for the phablet is also unknown, the announced release timeframe suggest it could be available as early as next month. The Inquisitr's post back in August cited a report stating that the Android Nougat will come to Galaxy Note 7 "in two to three months," which means it will arrive anytime this October or November.
Samsung, for sure, wants to guarantee a reliable Android 7.0 Nougat build firmware when they release it, thus, it is only natural for them to implement beta testing before official release.
"It is very important for us to offer up-to-date information with the new OS, but what's more crucial is to build a stable and seamless platform for users," Koh Dong-jin, the president of the mobile communications division for Samsung Electronics, said. "That's why we are planning to do enough beta testing before any OS updates."
Aside from the S7, S7 Edge, and Note 7, other Samsung mobile devices expected to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat build are the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 5, according to Gotta Be Mobile. The company's high-end to mid-range Galaxy models, such as the A series (A9, A9 Pro, A8, A7 2015 and A7 2016, A5) and Galaxy C5, C7, and J5, will most likely get the Android 7.0 Nougat update as well. As for the tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 might also receive the newest Android iteration.