Saturday, February 11, 2017

9 Things to Know About the Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Release

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With the Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat release starting to pickup steam we want to take a look at the most important things Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Active users need to know as we push into February.


The Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat release started last year with an Android 7.0 beta release for select Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users. The beta helped Samsung weed out problems and it let Galaxy S7 users test the operating system’s various features ahead of the official roll out date.

Earlier this year, Samsung fired up the official Samsung Galaxy Nougat roll out and the Galaxy S7’s update is pushing out to select models in select regions around the world ahead of a much wider roll out later this year.


We’ve been taking a close look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update and today we want to spell out a few things you should know about its release in the United States and countries around the world.

How to Prepare

Most of you are still waiting for your Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update. We recommend using this time to prepare yourself, and your Galaxy S7, for Android Nougat’s arrival.


It’s impossible to predict what problems you might run into when you go to download your new operating system. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing problems and headaches.

To help, we’ve put together a guide that walks you through the pre-installation process. It’s worth a look, especially if you’re new to Android and/or Samsung.

Reasons Not to Install Right Away

When your Galaxy S7 Nougat release arrives it’s going to be tempting. We get it. It’s a new operating system. While you might be tempted to install Nougat the second it prompts on your phone, some of you might be better off waiting a few hours, days, or longer.

If you’re having an excellent experience on Android Marshmallow, we recommend taking a look at our growing list of reasons to and not to install Nougat to see if installing Nougat right away will be worth it for you.



Most of you will probably end up installing Samsung’s software on day one but others might benefit from waiting.

If you’re on the fence about Android Nougat, this checklist will help you get to one side of the fence or the other.

Galaxy S7 Nougat Rolling Out

If you haven’t seen the Galaxy S7 Nougat release hit your device or area yet, you aren’t alone. It’s moving slowly at the moment.

The good news is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat release is starting to pickup the pace. The bad news is that it’s still extremely limited.


By our count, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates are pushing out in the United Kingdom, Korea, China, Malaysia, France, UAE, Russia, India, and Germany.

Look for the Galaxy S7 Nougat release for both the regular model and the Galaxy S7 Edge to spread in February and March. That said, some models may not get their taste of Nougat in Q1 (January, February, March).

U.S. Galaxy S7 Nougat Release Status

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge releases are currently inactive in the United States. Specific release dates aren’t known but at least one carrier is making progress in testing behind the scenes.

T-Mobile’s currently testing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates. Both are in the “T-Mobile Testing” stage which means.

According to the carrier, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Nougat updates will go through T-Mobile certification process testing to make sure users get the best quality software possible.

T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier with plans to release Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge but it’s the only U.S. carrier that’s talking about the testing process. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon remain mum about their release plans.

AT&T Galaxy S7 Nougat Leak

If you’re a skilled Android user and you own an AT&T Galaxy S7 Edge, know that Nougat firmware for your device has leaked.


Most people will want to avoid the leak and wait for the official software. But if you simply cannot wait any longer for your Nougat release, you have this option. Use it at your own risk.

We expect a few more leaks to emerge in the weeks ahead so keep an eye out, especially if you’re starting to get impatient.

Upcoming Galaxy S7 Nougat Releases

Carriers outside of the United States are starting to talk about their Android Nougat release plans. While some of the usual suspects (Telus in Canada, for instance) are mum, other carriers are starting to relay specific information to their customers.

Two Australian carriers have the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Nougat updates in for testing. Vodafone and Telstra are testing these Nougat updates and Telstra says it’s hoping to roll them out before the end of February.

We expect more carriers to confirm early Galaxy S7 release plans though we suspect most will stay silent so as not to set expectations.

Again, everything is dependent on the testing process behind the scenes and testing can be extremely unpredictable.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Nougat Release

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S7 you might’ve noticed that we haven’t said much about it. For good reason.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Nougat update isn’t rolling out just yet but we do know a release is on the way.

Thanks to a Wi-Fi certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance, we know that Samsung’s planning a Galaxy S7 Active Nougat release.

We don’t have any details about release timing but we expect it to be included in the initial batch of Nougat updates.

Galaxy S7 Nougat Problems

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates went through a beta but problems have slipped into the official versions of Samsung’s software.

Those who have been fortunate enough to receive their upgrade to Nougat are complaining about a variety of issues. The list continues to grow as Nougat continues to spread.

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We’ve heard about battery life problems, issues with connectivity, problems with various applications, and so on.

If you’re in need of fixes or you simply want to understand what you might see when you download your Nougat update, here’s a more in depth look at these early Galaxy S7 Nougat problems.

New Galaxy S7 Nougat Release

Samsung isn’t sitting on its hands. The company’s already addressing some of these early Galaxy S7 Nougat problems.

The company’s starting to roll out bug fix updates for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in certain regions.

These tiny maintenance updates are aimed at improving Nougat’s performance on the flagships. Of course, they could also bring some problems of their own.

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