Just like the SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets took months before finally hitting the U.S. market, it seems the story will be the same as far as Android 7.0 Nougat OTA is concerned.
The good side of the story is that Sammy hasn’t completely ignored those using the unlocked variants of the S7 and S7 Edge in the U.S. As at the time of this writing, the South Korean tech giant has started rolling out a new OTA update to the two phones and this installs the latest Android security patch for the month of March.
The update is still based on Android Marshmallow and comes with software version G930UUES4AQC1 for those using Samsung Galaxy S7 and version G935UUES4AQC1 for those on the curved screen Galaxy S7 Edge. In addition to installing the latest monthly security patch, this OTA update also carries essential bug fixes as well as stability and performance enhancements that usually accompany monthly security updates.
Despite the fact that the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will not be receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update at this point in time, it is a great thing to see that the Korean company still cares about this family. Before this update, those using the unlocked variants of these phones were still stuck with December’s Android security patch, which is not such a great thing for a phone that you paid over $650 to get your hands on.
Due to the nature of the update (OTA), not all unlocked variants of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be updated at once. The update is rolling out gradually and thus some people will get it well ahead of others. To skip the line, you can go to Settings>About phone>System updates and check for the updates manually. This will give you direct access to the update and you can proceed to download and install it without waiting for the OTA notification, which could take days or even weeks before it finally arrives on all unlocked S7 and S7 Edge units.
As for the Nougat OTA, the wait is still on. We’ll update you when the OS starts rolling out to these two flagships. Stay tuned!