While the news that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may start receiving the long-awaited update from Android Marshmallow to Android Nougat next week might get many excited, Samsung will still be trailing the likes of HTC, LG, Motorola and even OnePlus in rolling out the same update.
Coming from an unconfirmed source, it appears that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be on for the update starting January 17, which is next week Tuesday. Samsung had initially ended the beta program at the end of December, but just recently, it arose that some devices out there, especially in China, were still receiving the beta version.
In the new leak, a supposed Turkish Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge user claims to have been notified that Android 7.0 Nougat update will begin rolling out in a week’s time. The leaked image is in Spanish, but it has apparently been badly translated from Turkish, hence losing some details along the way, Android Soul notes. Given that the phone has model number SM-G935F, it means that the affected region is Europe.
Strange enough, the leaked image claims that the Galaxy S7 pair will be receiving Android 7.0 Nougat, yet Samsung had previously confirmed that it will be jumping right to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This adds more confusion, but since it is not coming from Samsung, you have to take it with a grain of salt.
When the Galaxy Beta Program came to an end last year, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users were promised an update to Android Nougat this January, but there was no specific date mentioned. As it is, we have a specific date for this process.
As noted earlier, Samsung has been overtaken in this game of software updates. The likes of LG G6, LG V20 (preinstalled), HTC Bolt (pre-installed), Huawei P9, Mate 9 (preinstalled), OnePlus 3/3T, Moto Z and even the midrange Moto G4 are already running on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, but the South Korean tech giant has yet to make the update available to any of its high-end devices, leave alone launching one based on this OS out of the box. It would indeed be a relief for many Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users out there.
Once this happens, the next on stage will be Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 trio. But there is no word on whether the update will also make it to the 2014 Galaxy Note 4, which could indeed be another huge welcome for users of this phablet dubbed the last real Note from Samsung.