Many smartphone vendors and OEMs are busy trying to get ready with Android Nougat updates for supported devices, but it seems Verizon Wireless is still playing its usual cards.
The tech giant has never held the record of being the fastest when it comes to rolling out major software updates. Apparently, this story is set to go on with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge – two devices that have a huge popularity in the country.
A good number of devices are already receiving Android Nougat updates, among them Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6. However, as you can see, this is only affecting a few Google-owned phones. This does not mean that other non-Google devices are not receiving the same update. In fact, the likes of LG G5, HTC 10 and HTC One M9 are already receiving the latest Android Nougat update, however, there is only room for those using the unlocked models.
According to a recent HTC statement, those using both HTC 10 and HTC One M9 as unlocked phones can already start receiving Android Nougat on their phones, however, the Taiwanese tech giant has been quick to point out that carrier-based versions will be up and running beginning early 2017. As a result, it is nothing strange if Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge variants based on Verizon Wireless are scheduled for this update in early 2017 as well.
Verizon has pointed out that the current Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will keep powering the two Samsung Galaxy S7 handsets until the end of 2016. As for those already using the beta version of Android Nougat, the carrier still says that the stable version will be out early next year.
Even if Samsung was planning to roll out Android Nougat to the Galaxy S7 this year, Verizon users can be sure that they won’t be seeing the same update until 2017. Nonetheless, this will be a huge improvement when compared to the time the Bid Red started rolling out Android Marshmallow to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.