While Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 owners have been looking forward to the release of Android 7.0 Nougat OS to the budget phone, those using the low-end Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 haven’t been so sure about this update.
However, a series of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications can confirm that both Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 and Galaxy J5 2016 will be joining the Galaxy J7 2016 in getting the much-awaited update to Android 7.0 Nougat. The WFA has cleared a number of variants of the two phones, which means that the rollout could take place in multiple markets at about the same time.
Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 models cleared include SM-J320AZ, SM-J320A, SM-J320W8, and SM-J321AZ. As for the bigger Galaxy J5 2016, the models cleared include SM-J520F, SM-J510FN/DS, SM-J510FN, SM-J510FN/DD, SM-J510GN/DS, SM-J510MN/DS, SM-J510UN/DS, SM-J510F/DS, SM-J510MN, SM-J510H/DS, SM-J510L, SM-J510S, SM-J510K, SM-J510GN, SM-J510FQ, and SM-J5108.
All of these variants have been certified with Android 7.0 Nougat, which hints at an approaching release date for the OS. Of course, there’s no official date from Samsung, but rumors had pointed out that the OS should be ready for release by the end of this month or maybe early next month, however, it’s unlikely either will be the case.
The Galaxy J3 2016 and Galaxy J5 2016 have already been refreshed with new models that were released a few weeks ago. The 2017 models come preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and unlike their 2016 counterparts; they are in contention to receive the new Android 8.0 O, which will be unveiled today. However, the wait might take current owners of the 2017 family up to H2 2018 before actually receiving the new OS. That’s a long wait, but again, it’s Samsung!