Samsung has long stopped its firmware support for the Galaxy S3 but there's a way for its loyal users to get the Android Nougat update. Thanks to genius custom ROM developers, the Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 model can now taste the Android 7.1 Nougat flavor.
According to Team Android, a custom firmware called ResurrectionRemix is now available for the 2012 flagship device. Based on Android 7.1 Nougat update, the Galaxy S3 update also comes with aftermarket features that users can explore to further customize their smartphone. For instance, upon installing the update, Samsung Galaxy S3 users should be able to use the Gestures Anywhere feature and Three-Finger Swipe Screenshot gesture. The list of ResurrectionRemix features posted on the report also mentioned that the update comes with all the CyanogenMod 14.1 features as well as optimizations to improve battery and smoothness.
And of course, Samsung Galaxy S3 users should be able to find all the Android Nougat features after installing the update. Some of the highlights of Google's latest mobile OS are the multi-window feature, the improved Doze mode, Multi-Locale language settings, and custom Quick settings, among others.
Team Android offers a step-by-step guide on how to install the custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy S3 as well as the download links for the update files. For newbies when it comes to installing a custom update, it is important to note that using an unofficial firmware could result in a bricked or permanently damaged device especially if done erroneously. Thus, proper precautions are strongly recommended. Checking the battery status, creating a backup of all the important files and ensuring a smooth smartphone-to-computer connectivity are just some of the crucial things to do before flashing a custom update on Samsung Galaxy S3.
The official Android Nougat update is expected to hit the recent Samsung Galaxy models like the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Galaxy S6. A beta program for its current flagship models, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is currently ongoing for registered users in the U.K., U.S., South Korea, and China.The latest Note model available in the market after discontinuing the troubled Note 7 is the Galaxy Note 5 and it is also slated to receive the newest OS. Although the exact release schedule is still unknown, it has been recently reported that the firmware update may arrive soon.
According to Sam Mobile, the Galaxy Note 5 running on Android Nougat was seen on benchmarking website GFXBench and this could mean that the Korean tech giant is already in the final stages of testing for the highly-anticipated major firmware update. The post explained:
"If a recent benchmark test is anything to go by, it would appear that Samsung is in the final stages of testing the long-awaited Nougat update for the Galaxy Note 5. Usually, when a handset is benchmarked running a new version of Android, it indicates that a rollout is right around the corner."Given how easy it is nowadays to edit a lot of stuff online, one could quickly assume that the benchmark sighting could be doctored. However, folks from Sam Mobile are confident that it is a genuine piece especially since the Galaxy S6 was also seen several days ago on the same website running the Nougat OS. But before reaching the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6, the official Android Nougat OS is expected to roll out first to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units.
Samsung also confirmed that the 2016 Galaxy A family will also get the official Android Nougat update but when exactly will they receive it remains a question. For a release window, a separate report from Sam Mobile guesstimates that the 2016 Galaxy Galaxy A9 Pro, Galaxy A9, A8, A7, A5, and A3 could receive the Nougat firmware around the second quarter of next year.
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