- 1.Why Android Nougat update would take less time for OEMs to release?
- 2.Expected Nougat release date
- 3.Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat update: What’s new
- 4.Unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935F/G/H/i/U)
- 5.AT&T Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A)
- 6.Sprint Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P)
- 7.T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T)
- 8.Verizon Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V)
- 9.US Cellular Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935R4)
- 10.Canadian Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935W8)
Update [October 17, 2016]: The latest monthly Android update in October patch is now available for the Galaxy S7 Edge, too, as build G935KKKU1APJ5. Given the model no. G935K, it’s easy to find that this particular update is dedicated to Korean S7 Edge sets, but we can hope for the American and Global build to arrive soon. Download away the update at this S7 Edge Firmware page.
Update [October 12, 2016]: US Cellular has started rollout of a new build, G935R4TYU4API5, for its S7 edge. This is still based on 6.0.1 Marshmallow, so your Nougat update dreams aren’t any near right now. The carrier hasn’t provided a changelog yet, so we don’t ave much idea about it, but it’s fair to say it’s a monthly Android security patch bringer.
Update [September 28, 2016]: T-Mobile has also released the September patch level update as build G935TUVU4APIA. Apart from that, T-Mobile says some Date/time update and Various system improvements are also part of the same update package. Let’s hope the next one is based on Nougat, and not Marshmallow, although given that global S7 is yet to Android 7.0, chances of T-Mobile variant grabbing a Nougat next month is pretty slim.
[September 27, 2016]: AT&T is releasing a new update today with build G935AUCS4API2, and it brings the raises the Android security to September patch level.
[September 7, 2016]: Samsung has been quick with rolling out the security update of the month, as this month’s September patch level is available as an update already, in the form of software version G935FXXU1BPHJ. Sprint also gets one, with build G935PVPU2APH7 (more info at Sprint section below).
We don’t know yet what else is part of the update but will be sure to update this column once we get out hands on the changelog. Though, we don’t expect much from this monthly bit of new code, as no matter how much we will fancy running the Android Nougat update on our Galaxy S7, we know it’s not up and ready right now, at least not before the end of September.
Needless to say, there is a great bunch of Galaxy S7 Edge users waiting patiently for the Nougat update to drop, despite knowing that it will take some for company like Samsung to bring that to the table. Though, the good thing about this is that the Galaxy S7 (and Edge) will be first Samsung device to rock Nougat, so its release will definitely precede other Samsung sets.
We will talk about the Nougat release date for different variants of the Galaxy S7 Edge below, as it would differ for each one. Carriers like AT&T will be last one to push out the update, as the history suggests, while international model could secure one before others, though Sprint/T-Mobile could beat it to that!
Why Android Nougat update would take less time for OEMs to release?
With Nougat, Google has shared the 7.0 code pretty early than usual with OEM partners like Samsung, Sony, Huawei, etc, which should have much-welcomed effect in its timely release by those OEMs, as they get to start early this time around.
We even have evidence for this, a Huawei device ROM leaked on the web earlier, even well before the Nexus devices received OTA. Moreover, the LG V20 will become first device to come pre-installed with Android 7.0, with Nexus devices arriving only later on. So, OEMs do have 7.0 update with them for long, and some have it almost ready too, so they must be able to release it in quicker manner too.
Expected Nougat release date
Last year, Galaxy S6 was Samsung’s top offering, with Marshmallow update the Google’s latest OS. This year, Galaxy S7 replaces S6, and Nougat goes in place of Marshmallow. The above chart thus notes the Marshmallow release, the delay, and takes that into account to get us expected Android Nougat release. Leave or take, it does highlights carrier performance — look at AT&T S6!
Some really good news, folks! The Galaxy S7 edge Nougat update has entered testing stage, and we know that thanks to listing appearing on the benchmark site Geekbench, that show the S7 Edge running Android 7.0. And there are lots of such listing to prove that this isn’t a random fake exercise. See the screenshot above.
Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat update: What’s new
The Nougat update will bring the host of new features with it: the coolest one among them being multi-window mode, improved Doze mode, bundled notifications and direct reply in notification shade, customizable quick settings toggles, improved gaming with Vulkan API and improved recents UI along with ability to switch to previous app using the double tap in recents button.
Moreover, good folks over at Sammobile believe — and we think it would come true — that Samsung is said to be working on to bring the GraceUX from the Note 7 to the Galaxy S7 Edge too, loaded atop the Android 7.0 Nougat update — build rumored as G930FXXU1ZPI9 — itself. Excited?
Unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935F/G/H/i/U)
Expected Nougat release date: October 2016.
Usually, Samsung has shown more interest in updating its unlocked global variant before the carrier-locked sets, but when releasing 5.1.1, it gave preference to T-Mobile S6. If that happens again with S7 Nougat update, then the release for global variant could take a slight hit.
But that’s unlikely, as major update like Marshmallow released first on global variant, followed by Sprint. Now, as per the chart above, we could be seeing Nougat roll out to at least on model of global S7 sets by January 8, 2017.
But we think this would be earlier than that. As we discussed in the above section, Nougat update should take less time for OEMs to release, hence, we would like to bring our guessed release date forward to October 2017.
Read: OnePlus 3 Nougat update
FYI, LG will soon have a handset running Android Nougat in V20 — due for release on September 6, and confirmed to have Nougat pre-installed — while HTC has promised that before this year ends, it will have Android 7.0 running on its HTC 10, One M9 and One A9.
So, out of shame at the very least, Samsung should be able to update at least its blockbuster device of the year in S7 edge to Nougat, by October 2016.
AT&T Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A)
Expected Nougat release date: March 2017.
From the above, you may already know why Nougat update wouldn’t take long time like before for OEMs to release. Now, our chart above picks up May 09, 2017, as the likely date for the AT&T S7, based on Marshmallow performance of the carrier.
No one can beat AT&T to come behind all others when updating its devices, and with Marshmallow, it really, really, outdid itself. Guess what, the Galaxy Note 4 is yet to see Marshmallow at AT&T!
We hope things change with Android Nougat update, but even then, we think it would take the carrier around March 2017 to bring the Nougat to its S7 edge users.
You can keep an eye on the latest software update available for the AT&T S7 Edge at the official support page here.
Sprint Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P)
Expected Nougat release date: November 2016.
When we pit the global variant for September release of Android 7.0 above, we already knew expected release date for the Sprint S7: next month than that, that is, November 2016.
Sprint isn’t one to take updates lightly, and should be able to do its testing and all and furnish us with a Nougat update by Nov-2016.
For latest updates available for the Sprint S7 Edge, check out this official page here.
We’re hearing that Sprint has started the rollout of G935PVPU2APH7 build, which still runs on Android 6.0.1, but packs in September security patch level from Google, and also improves the stability of device’s touch.
Nothing else seems to be the part of the update (changelog unavailable right now), but considering that, it’s sized surprisingly over 300MB. We hope it serves as the last pre-Nougat update, in the way that Nougat comes right after this one, which would prove to be a good timing from Samsung.
T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T)
Expected Nougat release date: December 2016.
Like Sprint, T-Mobile is not negligent with updates either. But it’s grown a bit lazy of late, as can be seen in the Marshmallow release column in the chart above: Around a month later than Sprint.
It was first to release 5.1.1 update BTW, even before global variant actually, so things could be bright again before we know it. In that case, November 2016 release could happen. But all things given, we would stick our guess to December 2016.
FYI, T-Mobile has official confirmed the Nougat update for its S7. Yes, that was granted anyway, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it officially.
T-Mobile has announced that they will soon be able to provide download speed of up to 400 Mbps, thanks to two new tech deployed by them (4×4 MIMO and 256/64 QAM for download/upload). The update would come to your S7 edge in September only, which means it will come before the Nougat update.
You can find all the updates about the device at the carrier’s official page here.
T-Mobile has started rolling out the PG1 update for its Galaxy S7 Edge, which comes as full build no. G935TUVU3APG1. The changelog for the update is not available as of now, but we guess it’s all about August and September monthly security fixes that Google releases for Android sets around the world. It’s not your Nougat update of course, not yet, but let’s hope that one is around the corner too.
Verizon Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V)
Expected Nougat release date: December 2016.
Over the past few years, Verizon has been quicker with updates compared to the days of Galaxy S3 and S4. The chart pits the release date as Feb 15, 2017, but given that Google shared the code with OEMs earlier than usual, the update should take lesser time
The December 2016 release, some 10-20 days before or after the T-Mobile S7 Nougat release, looks very likely.
Find the Verizon S7 Edge updates at official page here.
Verizon released a new update for its S7, that fixes call drops on HD Voice calls, fixed random reboots/power off on the device, and brought the FM radio ability to the device. The update also installed Barcode Beaming service, so that existing apps like Samsung Pay can scan a barcode, now asking you to download such app.
The carrier has announced yet another update for the its Galaxy S7 Edge, bearing the software version G935VVRS4APH1. It’s a small update that brings the latest security patches released on monthly basis by Google. This update brings September patch. A similar update is also out for Verizon Galaxy S7.
US Cellular Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935R4)
Expected release date: December 2016.
Expect the Android 7.0 update for the US Cellular S7 to drop around the same time as Verizon and T-Mobile variants. Add or subtract 15-20 days.
You can get to know about the latest updates from the carrier at its official page here.
Canadian Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935W8)
Expected release date: December 2016.
Once the Android 7.0 update is out for one variant of the Galaxy S7, the Canadian S7 users can hope for the update to arrive within next one-two month(s). The update for Canadian carriers often goes simultaneously with T-Mobile sets, so that’s also a thing to watch.
Anyway, the Nougat update could drop by December end this year.
Update: Telus just let us know that it will be updating its S7 Edge on September 19, only 3 days later than today, with a new build that will install latest security patches on the device, and will also fix bugs. More details aren’t available, neither is the build no., but let’s hope it’s the last update before Nougat drops.
Do tell us what you think about the S7 update release dates. What are you guesses?
Thanks _DrG_ for the screenshots!