Google is soon going to release the stable version of Android Nougat after it recently pushed the fourth developer preview of the OS.
While HTC has been quick to point out that the likes of HTC 10, HTC One A9 and HTC One M9 will be among the first devices to be updated with the new Android Nougat OS, nothing of the same sought can be said of Samsung and its growing list of Galaxy handsets. The South Korean tech giant is still struggling with rolling out Android Marshmallow, an OS it has only managed to avail for its flagship handsets.
Even though is still kind of early to start talking about Android Nougat updates, the fact that HTC has already started talking about it makes us curious about Samsung’s case.
At the time of this writing, quite a number of handsets can be updated with the latest Android Nougat. These include last year’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P as well as Sony’s Xperia Z3. The latter came in as a surprise for many smartphone lovers, something that prompted speculations that other Android partner OEMs such as Samsung might take down the same channel. But up to now, the tech giant hasn’t said a thing about the prospects of Android Nougat hitting its devices this year.
According to our friends at XDA Developers Forum, Samsung begun works on Android Nougat updates with respect to the Galaxy Note series sometimes back. The company will be releasing a new Galaxy Note 7 this coming month and apparently, there are some stylus-based features that have been discovered. There are also some details regarding the Galaxy Edge lineup, an indicator that this year’s Galaxy S7 Edge will not miss on the update.
It gets even better as another report from the recent past also showcased a video of the latest Samsung TouchWiz UI based on Android Nougat. The interesting part is that the beta software being tested here is limited to Samsung Galaxy Note 5 units, another strong indicator that the phone will receive the new Android N. As for now, there is no clear date as to when these changes will start taking effect, but it won’t be long, with some pointing towards a Q4 2016 release date.
Among the devices that are confirmed to be in the list of Android Nougat updates, other than this year’s handsets, are the entire Samsung Galaxy S6 lineup as well as the Galaxy Note 5. As for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 series, Android Marshmallow could probably be the last major software update the phones see. Still, expect anything from the company.