Samsung Galaxy Nougat update: Android 7.0 beta update released for S7 and S7 Edge

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Update [November 10, 2016]: New leak today revealed the software version of the Android 7.0 Nougat update we would see in action on the US Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge sets at AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. Yes, that’s right. Even though Samsung has only released the beta version of its Nougat update yet, only yesterday, the leak mountain is rolling down build no. of the supposed Android 7.0 build for the US carrier tied S7 and S7 Edge sets.

Here are the build no. of Nougat update for USA carriers. Galaxy S7: G930AUCU4ZPK4, G930TUVU4ZPK4, G930PVPU4ZPK4 and G930VVRU4ZPK4. Galaxy S7 Edge: G935AUCU4ZPK4, G935TUVU4ZPK4, G935PVPU4ZPK4 and G935VVRU4ZPK4.

Update [November 09, 2016]: Samsung is now delivering on its promise of November 9 release of its Android 7.0 Nougat beta update, as we are seeing users in Korea now receiving the Nougat beta as an OTA. The image below depicts just that, the Grace UX from Note 7 is also part of the Android 7.0 build you get in beta update.

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Update [November 05, 2016]: We told you earlier about Samsung updating their Sidesync app to mention support for Android 7.0, and not Samsung has the standalone app in Galaxy beta program available for download, which allows you to participate for latest UX from Samsung, that comes along with Android 7.0 Nougat update. Yes, if you want Nougat as beta update, you can enroll into the program, but it makes sense only if you own a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, and are in UK, which is where the beta program is applicable.

Samsung hasn’t mentioned S7 sets BTW, but we know from experience that S series gets the major Android update before all other Samsung sets — FYI, Marshmallow released as beta on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge first last year, in UK.

Update [October 25, 2016]: Samsung today updated its SideSync app, that is exclusive to its Galaxy devices only, to inform all those interested that the app now supports Android 7.0. Well, is Samsung has tested it, then it has to be on a Galaxy device because that’s what the app is meant to run on, which implies that the Nougat update is now running and available for testing on a Galaxy device internally. And that has to be either of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, because we have already spotted the device Nougat builds, as mentioned here: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge.

Update [October 11, 2016]: We’re yet to hear any official word on Nougat release by Samsung, but already, next version of the OS, Android 7.1, is announced and will be coming as pre-installed on the Google Pixel and Pixel sets. In fact, some Android 7.1 apps from Pixel devices are already available for download, but while they are working on the Nexus 6P (on 7.0), same cannot be said about the Galaxy S6 and S7 because they are still on Android 6.0.1, and are topped by Samsung’s custom skin, TouchWiz UI.

In case you grew curious — after watching Google Pixel announcement — about when Samsung could be releasing the Android 7.1 update, well, know that it won’t be anytime soon as we’re yet to see company roll out the 7.0 update. If anything, Samsung could bring the Android 7.1 update to its Galaxy S6 and S7 on Q2 2017, along with perhaps Note 7 too. Q3 2017 should see 7.1 update arrive on Note 5, A series, On series, C series, etc. sets of Samsung, some of which could directly see the 7.1 update, skipping 7.0. If this happens, we’ll only be glad.


Original article: We don’t expect Samsung to lead the Android 7.0 Nougat rollout, something we think will be dominated by Motorola and HTC, but we do know that the Korean giant’s rockstar devices are on the front-foot of list that users demand the Nougat update for.

Quite easily, there are more Galaxy S7 and S6 users asking us for the 7.0’s release than the likes of HTC 10 and One M9 respectively, and the same goes for every other Android OEM’s flagship too, for the year for example, when compared to Galaxy S7.

So, here’s a quick breakdown of expected Nougat release for all popular Samsung devices, along with the eligibility of the device and the likelihood of it receiving the Nougat update unofficially as a custom ROM, mostly CM14.

Galaxy S series: S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, etc.

Device

Nougat Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy S7

Confirmed

Oct 16 – Feb 17

Unlikely

Galaxy S7 edge

Confirmed

Oct 16 – Feb 17

Unlikely

Galaxy S7 active

Confirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy S6

Confirmed

Q1 2017

Likely

Galaxy S6 edge

Confirmed

Q1 2017

Likely

Galaxy S6 edge plus

Confirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy S6 Duos

Confirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy S6 active

Confirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy S5

Not Eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy S5 Neo

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy S4

Not Eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy S4 Mini

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy S3

Not Eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy S3 Mini

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy S3 Neo

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy S2 i9100

Not Eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy S i9000

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Expect the S6 Edge+ Nougat to release around the same time as Note 5, and do click the link in the release column to know more about the update’s release timeline for US carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular, and also in Canada.By now, you may already be knowing that mobile devices on Android get software version upgrades for around two years since their release. Which is why exactly the Galaxy S5 is no longer on the Nougat update train, while the likes of Galaxy S6 and S7 sets dominate the Samsung’s Android 7.0 offering among the S series.

We already know that testing for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Nougat has started at Samsung, so expecting the next month’s release isn’t a far fetched hoping by any means.

Galaxy Note series: Note 7, Note 5, etc.

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy Note 7

Confirmed

Nov 16 – Feb 17

Unlikely

Galaxy Note 5

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy Note 5 Duos

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy Note 4

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy Note Edge

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy Note 3 Neo

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy Note 3

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy Note 2

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy Note 1

Not Eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy Note 7 is expected the receive the Nougat update before other Note sets, naturally, and that may happen after around one month of the release of the Galaxy S7 7.0 build. FYI, there doesn’t exists a Galaxy Note 6 — Samsung jumped to Note 7 from Note 5, in case you didn’t know! — so, Note 5 isn’t that old as it now sounds thanks to Note 7.

Galaxy On series: On8, On7 and On5

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy On8

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy On7 Pro

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy On7

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy On5 Pro

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy On5

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Samsung released the On8 to its Indian fans, but it’s also available as J7 Prime in Chinese market. After all, it’s actually a J7, you know by device’s model no. which runs as J710F. Anyway, we expect all Samsung Galaxy On sets to taste Nougat in future, although that won’t be near future. You’re looking at Q1 and Q2 release here.

Galaxy A Series: A9, A8, A7, A5, A3 etc.

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy A9 Pro (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy A9 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy A8 Duos

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy A8

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy A7 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy A7

Unlikely

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy A7 Duos

Unlikely

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy A5 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy A5

Unlikely

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy A3 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy A3

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Galaxy Alpha

Not Eligible

N.A.

Likely

Started back in 2014, it’s fair to say Galaxy A series has been a success for Samsung. Dubbing under the A heading, Samsung’s been able to properly separate devices from other of its own sets in similar range. Those A series devices that released in 2015 and 2016 can safely be expected the get Nougat treatment by the end of Q2 2017, though the update should start hitting in February 2017.

Galaxy C Series: C9, C7 & C5

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy C7

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy C5

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q1 2017

Unlikely

Samsung’s premium Galaxy C series, that touches the price segment right below the popular S series, is the one we like a lot, too. Samsung packs in impressive hardware with its C series sets, but is yet to release them in more market — they’re confined to China only for the time being. Chinese can expect to see Android 7.0 Nougat running on their Galaxy C5 and C6 by the end of Q1 2017, although the rollout should start as an OTA by the end of January 2017.

Galaxy E series: E7 & E5

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy E7

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

Galaxy E5

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

Now dropped by Samsung, company’s E series got little popularity of its own in India and other developing economies. Release back in early 2015, and although eligible, we won’t be surprised if Samsung drops Nougat support for the Galaxy E5 and E7. That’s unfair for those who bought, but again, we think those who bought an E series set wouldn’t care about the updates as much as we care. Really. That price segment is such, unless it belongs to online-only (or almost that!) catering OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei, etc.

Galaxy J Series: J7, J5, J3, etc.

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy J7 Prime

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J7 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J7

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J5 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J5

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J3 Pro

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J3 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J2 Pro (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J2 (2016)

Likely, Unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy J2

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

Galaxy J1 Nxt

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

Galaxy J1 Ace

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

Galaxy J1 (2016)

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

Galaxy J1

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

Galaxy J Max

Unlikely

N.A.

Unlikely

How Samsung performs with Galaxy J sets as regard Nougat update could have far reaching implications for the series’ popularity — good or bad — among the youth who are being targeted by Samsung with this series.

Samsung is promoting the likes of Galaxy J5 and J7 a lot, even hiring a well-paid actor in India to make these two devices extremely popular, so updating these two sets would be crucial for Samsung, and doing so on time, a winning card.

Other Galaxy sets: Grand, Ace, etc.

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy Ace 4

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Ace 3

Not eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Xcover 550

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Young 2

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Xcover 3

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy View

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Express 2

Not eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy V

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Grand Prime

Not eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy Grand Neo

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Grand

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Grand 2

Unlikely

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy Mega 6.3

Not Eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

The above sets are long forgotten, except by truly awesome Android development community who have already bestowed some of these with unofficial Android 7.0 build, you cannot expect Samsung to work on Nougat update for these sets.

Galaxy Tab sets: Tab E, Tab A, Tab S, etc.

Device

Status

Exp. Release

Unofficial 7.0

Galaxy Tab S2

Unlikely

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy Tab S

Unlikely

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy Tab J

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab E 9.6

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab E 8.0

Likely, unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy Tab A 9.7

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016)

Likely, unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016)

Likely, unconfirmed

Q2 2017

Unlikely

Galaxy Tab A & S Pen

Unlikely

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab 4 7.0

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (2015)

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab 3 V

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 VE

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Not eligible

N.A.

Least Likely

Galaxy Note 10.1

Not eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

Galaxy Tab Pro

Not eligible

N.A.

Yes, under testing

The tablets have lost their mojo clearly, as in the last few years, not only the launches have reduced by significant no., but even those available are’t eyed by consumers with great enthusiasm. Blame it on the very nature of them devices, or emergence of Android Wear watches (which are also fading a bit, BTW), right now, only Samsung has some decent offerings as regards Android tablets.

Those released within a year or year-and-half are expected to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update. And that too by Q2 2017. And that’s that.


So, what are your thoughts on the Samsung Nougat update release?

If you have a device that’s not listed do ask us for its eligibility and Nougat release in comments below.

7 Comment

  1. Jehlan Ramsey says: Reply

    What the galaxy tab a 8.0 and 9.7 is also getting the update so for the Galaxy tab a it should be likely,unconfirmed

  2. Jehlan Ramsey Jr says: Reply

    Dear android soul this is samsung we will be releasing android 7.0 to galaxy tab a 8.0 and galaxy tab a 9.7 sometime in 2017 so please change to confirmed please thank you
    Sincerely, samsung

    1. Krishna says: Reply

      ​Thanks Samsung, we will believe when you release Nougat for real :P​

  3. Jehlan Ramsey Jr says: Reply

    You are welcome so please change

  4. Jehlan Ramsey Jr says: Reply

    We will be releasing it in most likely Q1 2017 or Q2 2017

  5. Jehlan Ramsey Jr says: Reply

    We will release it for the 9.7 and the 8.0 Galaxy tab A Q2 2017

  6. Jehlan Ramsey Jr says: Reply

    I am a developer we will be releasing it in Q2 2017

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