Samsung had promised that their 2016 flagship, Samsung Galaxy S7 will soon upgrade to Android Nougat however, the company did set specific terms and conditions. That being a flagship, Samsung Galaxy S7 getting the Android Nougat upgrade was a given, there were certain terms and conditions that would accompany the upgrade. Samsung had informed Samsung Galaxy S7 users right from that start that Samsung would not be upgrading its series of flagships to Android Nougat version 7.0 but would rather jump to the next available upgrade, Android Nougat version 7.1.1. And staying true to its word, Samsung is launching an upgrade for their Samsung Galaxy S7 device which is the Android Nougat version 7.1.1. The new version brings quite a few changes to the flagship device and apart from providing the Android Nougat experience, also upgrades certain features of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Samsung Galaxy S7 is not the only smartphone scheduled to receive the Android Nougat upgrade. Samsung Galaxy Edge series smartphones will also be getting the Android Nougat 7.1.1 version upgrade. However, the upgrade time for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge series is longer and so far, there has been confirmed date or timeline given for the same. Most flagship smartphones of 2016 have already begun streaming the Android Nougat upgrade to most devices. While Android Nougat forms only a small part of the entire operational Android device family, it is slowly catching up. While most smartphone makers are now launching new flagships with Android Nougat, the mid-ranger and budget devices still sport Android Marshmallow. The Android Nougat upgrade is slow in rolling out but it is definitely catching up. Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the earliest Samsung devices to get the upgrade.
Since Android Nougat provides a completely different Android experience to users, like shortcuts, newer emojis, different camera app, etc, it is slightly difficult for users to adapt and get used to the new system. Thus, Samsung had also launched a Galaxy Beta Program which let Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge users first try and test out the Android Nougat upgrade and get used to it before downloading it for their device. The test phase opened up most of the features of Android Nougat for users giving them a good preview of how their upgraded smartphones would look like. While Samsung Galaxy S7 users will get a chance to try out the complete version first, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge users will soon follow suit. However, the Galaxy Beta program was not open to users from all over the world and only people in Korea, UK, USA and China could be a part of it. Samsung launches Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch series in India for Rs 28,500
Samsung Galaxy S7, which soon began to replace Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after it was discontinued by Samsung has been one of the most popular Samsung flagships to date. It is expected to be succeeded by Samsung Galaxy S8, details of which have already begun to leak. While some reports Samsung plans on launching the Samsung Galaxy S8 in February at MWC, others suggest a delayed launch. Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to come with high end features to fill in the void created by Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Samsung Galaxy S8 will also run Android Nougat out of the box. Samsung has managed to sail through the last quarter of 2016 with high earnings and profits despite the dip in sales from Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle. However, for now, the Android Nougat upgrade is only for US citizens and Indian Samsung Galaxy S7 users might have to wait a bit till they get heir upgrade.