Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Enters Carrier Testing, Update to Add Google Pixel-like Fingerprint Gestures

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat started rolling out to Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X back in August and since then, a good number of Android OEMs have launched beta testing programs for their high-end phones.

Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the devices that has been included in the beta testing program for Android 7.0 Nougat alongside the likes of Sony’s Xperia X Performance and LG G5. In fact, Sony and LG have already rolled out the update to these devices, but Samsung is still carrying on with beta tests, with the stable version expected to come in the coming weeks.

Samsung launched the beta program in South Korea, the U.S. and the UK as well as China, but there is still no word on when both the unlocked and carrier-branded versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be receiving the Nougat treat. Nonetheless, it seems the South Korean tech giant is almost ready with the update as it has officially stopped accepting new registrations into the Galaxy Beta Program.

In a new turn of events, the South Korean tech giant seems to have launched the beta testing program for carrier-based versions of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. According to news coming from Australia’s Vodafone, the carrier says that the update is up and running on these two devices, but it is still in beta. With this in mind, it is easy to conclude that Android Nougat will be rolling out to these two devices in the not-so-distant future, something that doesn’t drift too far with the earlier promise from Samsung that the update will be available for Galaxy S7 devices before this year comes to a conclusion.

Galaxy S7 Edge

Recent reports had shown that Samsung Galaxy S7 will be updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of the older version 7.0 when the OS starts rolling out. Apparently, this update will not just bring the new OS, but it will also come in with a number of amazing features, among them the Google Pixel-exclusive fingerprint gestures. This comes after a beta tester asked the Korean company whether it would be implementing this feature via the Nougat update. The response to this query seems to imply that Samsung Galaxy S7 users could receive the ability to swipe down on the fingerprint scanner in order to open the notifications shade.

Still, don’t get too excited as the statement doesn’t confirm the coming of this feature, rather, the person on the other end only promised that Samsung will be working to improve the features of the scanner in a bid to match what the same component does with respect to the Pixel phones.

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