August this year, Samsung Mobile President Koh Dong-jin said the latest Samsung devices are set to receive Android Nougat in the next "two to three months." As the month of November comes closer, we received reports that there's a Galaxy S7 running on Android 7.0 Nougat.
In a previous report from Korea Times, Dong-jin, also known as DJ Koh, said it is very important for Samsung to give the latest Android update to its subscribers. The South Korean phone maker is now reportedly finishing a steady and seamless version of Nougat for Samsung devices.
In GFXBench's latest post, it shows a Galaxy S7 phone with Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The listing indicates the test build of Nougat runs smoothly on Galaxy S7. In addition, it hints that Samsung's Nougat rollout would happen in the next few weeks. However, the GFXBench listing did not reveal the start of rollout.
For reference, let's take a look at Samsung's Marshmallow rollout last year. The outgoing Android Marshmallow was launch on September 29, 2015, and then it became available on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on February 15, 2016. Using that as a benchmark, the Galaxy S7 may get the Nougat in early 2017.
However, DJ Koh confirmed in August that Android Nougat would come to Samsung devices in the next two-three months. The early roll out of Nougat maybe a strategy to please customers as Samsung's reputation has been damaged due to Galaxy Note 7's battery problems.
For T-Mobile subscribers, the network provider already revealed its Samsung smartphones that will get Android 7.0 Nougat update. Unfortunately, it did not provide a timeframe for the start of Nougat distribution,but it is good to know that the update is on the way.
Owners of Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus under T-Mobile should expect an OTA notification before the year ends.
Verizon, Sprint and AT&T have not yet released their plans for Android Nougat distribution.
The new Android Nougat offers innovative features for gadget lovers. First, it comes with Instant Apps which allows users to open an app in the Google Play store instantly. Users don't have to buy or download apps. They just have to open the app's store page to test it immediately.
Additionally, Nougat has Multi-window App support. This feature lets users open two apps in one screen. For example, they can write emails while watching videos on YouTube.