Google made Android 7.0 Nougat available to its devices in August and right now, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C users can access a beta version of Android 7.1 Nougat – an OS that made its debut on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL at launch.
As usual, it takes time months before other Android OEMs update their devices with a new OS released by Google. As at the time of this writing, the only non-Google device that can access an OTA update to Android 7.0 Nougat is LG G5. However, Android smartphone manufacturers have been busy running out the necessary tests as they get ready to roll out the latest OS to compatible phones.
Sony did its part early enough with the Xperia X Performance and just recently Samsung made the move by opening up a Galaxy Beta Program. However, this program only accommodates the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Apparently, there is still no room for Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 4 as well as Galaxy S5 in the same beta program.
In a new report put forward by Sam Mobile, it appears that Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be receiving the update to Android 7.0 Nougat in the not-so-distant future. This is after the Samsung-centric website reported that the Nougat firmware for these two 2015 flagships is already under development. Even though there is no mention of the Galaxy Note 5, having the update on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is a guarantee that the former will also get the update.
As far as Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are concerned, there is still no official word on the possibility of having an Android 7.0 Nougat update ready for the two. While the Galaxy Note 4 might get lucky at some point next year, the issues surrounding the Snapdragon 801 SoC used in the Galaxy S5 may mean the device gets stuck with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
So, based on the current status, it is possible that Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ will be receiving the update to Android 7.0 Nougat somewhere in early 2017. As for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, the wait could be longer, probably towards mid-2017 or even into the second half of next year.