Android Nougat Update For Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge, Sony Xperia X & Huawei P9

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A new Android Nougat beta update has been released for registered Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units. Meanwhile, Sony and Huawei are also rolling out their respective Nougat builds to their select smartphone models.

According to Sam Mobile, the latest Android Nougat beta build released for the 2016 flagship models is a hefty one – it’s more than 500MB in size. A screenshot of the Beta Notices that was posted on the report noted that this is the third Nougat beta update seeded since the Galaxy Beta Program began last month. Aside from enhanced features and stability improvements, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners participating in the program should also get the December security patch upon installing the newest Nougat beta version.

Furthermore, the new firmware adds the Samsung Note application and Samsung Pass. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s Quick Panel should also have an auto brightness button after upgrading the beta version. The “Close All” button was also moved back to the bottom.

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The Galaxy Beta Program made available for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge provides a chance for registered participants to explore and test out the Android 7.0 Android Nougat OS on their smartphones. But according to a recent report from GSM Arena, the final Nougat release for the Galaxy S7 models is allegedly going to be a more advanced iteration, particularly the Android 7.1 version, which is currently found on Google’s Pixel devices.

The report cited an XDA Forum post created by member Mohammad_rvp which comes with a screenshot from the Beta community’s Suggestions menu that noted the following.

“We are pleased to announce that we will support Android 7.1.1 from the official N OS release.”

Meanwhile, a new Concept for Android firmware build was recently rolled out for the Sony Xperia X. The Nougat-based software, according to Xperia Blog, comes with build number 38.1.A.0.367 and it adds VoLTE support. The firmware update rolled out first in Germany, particularly to Sony Xperia X units under the largest carriers, namely Telekom, Telefonica/O2, and Vodafone. Sony Xperia X owners located in the UK and Spain should get this Android Nougat concept firmware update soon.

The latest update for the Sony Xperia X should also bring in the November 5, 2016 Google Security patch and a camera fix. It also offers the newest version of Xperia Home expected to provide a solution for those experiencing issues with the icon packs.

Another fresh report from Xperia Blog shared that Sony Mobile is aiming to be the first third-party manufacturer to release the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, which “adds a number of features including a restart option in the power menu (at long last) and the image keyboard for supported apps.”

Sony Mobile’s Concept development team said that it is their priority further adding the following.

“If you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this faster than us, prepare your rotten tomatoes!”

The release date for Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for Sony Xperia X was not disclosed yet but the Concept team reportedly has the source code already and they are currently waiting for Google’s application suite (GMS apps) and the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS).

Apart from Samsung and Sony, it seems like Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei is also busy rolling out Android Nougat update for some of its latest devices. According to TheAndroid Soul, Huawei P9 and Mate 8 owners should receive a new firmware based on Nougat OS carrying build version B351 and B552, respectively. Meanwhile, those who installed the beta version on the Huawei P9 are scheduled to get the B363, while beta testers on Huawei M8 should get the B562 Nougat build.

For those curious to know if their Huawei device is scheduled to get the official Android Nougat build, check out the link included in this tweet from Gadgets 360.

The Inquisitr will continue to keep you in the loop for more developments regarding the release of Android Nougat update on mobile devices.

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