Samsung Announces Android 7.0 Nougat Rollout Schedule for several Galaxy Models
Samsung has officially stated that the Android Nougat 7.0 rollout has begun for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices, confirming earlier reports. The press release states that the rollout began 2 days ago and will be making its way to devices via an OTA update and will be available to owners of the devices in the coming weeks.
Samsung has been testing the Android 7.0 Nougat release with users signed on to the Galaxy Beta program since early November 2016 in the U.S., U.K., and South Korea. Samsung also confirms that the Nougat rollout will expand to “additional countries” and other phones sometime in the first half of 2017. The official statement does not mention the timeline in which other countries will begin receiving the update, however.
The following phones are slated to receive the Nougat update sometime in the coming months:
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 Edge
- Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
- Galaxy Tab S2
- Galaxy A3
- Galaxy A8
Samsung touts a number of new features included in the update such as “faster speeds for downloading apps and system software update and major UX changes”. The article makes particular mention of the changes to the Quick Panel and notifications whereby “icons have titles removed for a cleaner aesthetic” and “second level notifications are organised into groups of nine, to make them easier to locate“.
Multi Window is mentioned as receiving an “improved controller” that allows the window size to be adjusted more easily as well as a pop up window function that supports up to 5 separate windows in addition to the two in split-screen. Two other areas Samsung makes special mention of is an enhanced Performance Mode and Samsung Pass. Performance mode is split into 4 different modes: “Optimized Mode”, “Game Mode”, “Entertainment Mode” and “High Performance.” Each of these modes prioritizes performance for different use cases to maximize battery life without sacrificing performance. Lastly, Samsung Pass also gets an update that allows users to use their fingerprints to login to “Samsung Internet” – their proprietary browser application.
Let us know in the comments if your Samsung device has received the update!
Source: Samsung Global