The less-popular twin of very popular Galaxy S7 set, the AT&T Galaxy S7 Active is receive a new update from the carrier today, September 23, which installs the latest security patch for the month of September to the device. The update’s build is G891AUCS2API2, and it comes at around 46.5 MB. We know you are more keen on hearing the Android 7.0 Nougat update news for the device, so read on this post to know fully about when and how it will be released.
Let’s see how all of this weighs, and how much delay AT&T S7 Active users will have to face, because they got an AT&T variant of the S7 Active. Hint: A lot. Let’s read all about this below.
Galaxy S7 Active Nougat: expected release date
Expected release date: December-end 2016.
While it’s a given that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will receive the Nougat update before any other Samsung device, the S7 Active thus, we think, will receive the update only after the rollout is finished for those two devices.
Even the Galaxy Note 7 is expected to receive the Nougat update before S7 Active. While, the last year’s Samsung flagships in Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge would be devices that should be receiving the update about the same time as S7 Active, if not later.
We expect the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to receive the update by September end, or by mid-October by last, so its rollout should be finished by December end, and that’s when we expect the S7 Active Nougat rollout to begin. If not, then January 2017 looks a given.
Also read: Nexus 5 Nougat release
AT&T Galaxy S7 Active Nougat: expected release date
Expected release date: February-end 2016.
The AT&T S7 Active would take a lot more time than its global variant. Because, it’s an AT&T device, and no device — however good its OEM is — receives updates from carrier at what can be called at proper time.
So, if you are using S7 Active at AT&T, look for the global S7 Active’s release of Android 7.0 Nougat, and then add 2 months for release of Nougat for your device.
Also read: Moto G4 Nougat release
What’s New in Galaxy S7 Active Nougat update
With Android 7.0 update, your get the ability to use two apps at one using the Split-screen mode, also called multi-screen, while the notification system has gone under a big revamp too — it can now bundle notifications from an app for pretty presentation, while also allowing you to reply directly to messages from the shade.
Data saver in Nougat update helps you save on extra data usage charges, while you can now clear all apps with a button on stock Android too. But of more interest in the Nougat update is switching to previous app and vice versa — just double tap the recents icon twice to open your previous app.
Also read: Redmi Note 3 Nougat release
Moreover, Samsung is looking forward to update its custom skin, TouchWiz, and replace with its newer newly named custom skin, GraceUX, that is currently plying its trade only on Note 7 — explosive or not!
Nougat Issues and Bugs
We’re already seeing issues occurring for more than some users upon updating to Android Nougat, mainly on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Check out thread on Nougat issues here.
Moreover, problems with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth looks like not going away, although we’re seeing success with the Wi-Fi solution here, and Bluetooth solution here. Ah, not to be forgotten, here’s a solution for the torturous battery drain on Nougat.
So, how much excited are you about the Nougat update? And did AT&T spoil the craze for you? Because, if you are out of luck, the Nougat delay could be as long as until April 2017, by what time we could already have a developer preview of Android O out for the Nexus devices (5X, 6P, etc.), and Google Pixel devices (Pixel and Pixel XL, which will release with Android 7.1).