Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge are Finally Receiving their Android 7.0 Nougat Update (Currently for Beta Testers)
Samsung has been doing a beta test for their Nougat update for a couple of months now. Many people hoped that they would have started this beta test earlier since Android 7.0 officially released in August of last year, but they didn’t announce their first beta test of the update until around November. This felt a bit disappointing since Google began doing developer tests of the Nougat update all the way back to March of last year.
Google began running Developer Previews of their latest software to let Android developers get their applications ready for the next update, but they also did it so that OEMs could get their hands on the update more quickly. Their attempt to help OEMs push out the major update wasn’t as successful as they had hoped, though. Samsung waited a little over 2 months after the official release to even publicly beta test their update, and it took them an additional 2 months to start the official roll out.
But thankfully that time has come. We’re starting to see screenshots circulate around the community that show the official Nougat OTA update is being pushed. The screenshots SamMobile has published showcase an update from the Nougat beta to the final version (which is just under 215MB in size). We haven’t seen any screenshots showing that they are pushing out the Nougat update to current Marshmallow users though. If you were on Marshmallow and received the Nougat OTA update, we would love to hear from you.
So even though Samsung delivered the update later than some were hoping for, they actually did beat their own schedule. The beta software team over at Samsung stated they were planning on rolling out the update sometime around the 17th of this month. This could be when Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners on Android Marshmallow start getting their OTA update, but either way it looks like they were done a week early.