T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy J7 starts getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat update

A while back, the original Samsung Galaxy J7, which was announced in 2015, appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android Nougat, suggesting that the update will be rolled out sooner or later.

Months down the line, the first Samsung Galaxy J7 handset has started receiving a new update that bumps up the software to the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat, lining up with the latest direction Samsung has taken with respect to the Nougat update. Lately, the Korean tech giant hasn’t been rolling out the original version of Nougat, rather, users are receiving the updated v7.1.1.

It has already happened with AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 as well as Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0, but it’s now the turn of T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy J7. Even though the OS is rolling out towards the end of October, it comes with August’s Android security patch. This is kind of strange, but again, it’s Samsung.

Unlike other variants of the Galaxy J7 that came preinstalled with Android 5.1 Lollipop, the T-Mobile variant (alongside Virgin Mobile and Boost) came with Marshmallow out of the box. As a result, this is the first and only update the device will receive. The models with Lollipop have already been updated to Marshmallow and thus there’s no room for Nougat.

Despite T-Mobile’s confirmation that Samsung Galaxy J7 users can now download and install the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat, not everyone using the phone will be able to install the OS at once. Just like any other OTA update, this one is staged. Which means it may take days before all units get the notification to download the OS.

If you have not received the OTA notification, now might be the time to head to your phone’s Settings>Software update and check for the updates manually. If it’s ready for your device, make sure you download it over Wi-Fi. Also, make sure your phone’s battery is at least 50% before you start the upgrade, otherwise, keep it connected to a power source in order to avoid any interruptions during the update.


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