Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Nougat Update Impacts Performance; Should You Install It?

Samsung has released Android 7.0 Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagship phones from 2016. The Nougat update brings plenty of new improvements to both smartphones. However, it has been found that the software update reduces the battery life of the device by 10 percent.

According to the battery life tests that were carried out by Phone Arena on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the battery life on both the devices has worsened by 10 percent. The Galaxy S7 has a 3,000 mAh battery whereas the Galaxy S7 Edge is packed with a 3,600 mAh battery.

It conducted the battery life test by setting the brightness on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to 200 nits. It carried out the same test for measuring battery performance that it does for other smartphones.

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The Galaxy S7 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow recorded a battery life of 6 hours and 37 minutes. However, the Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0 Nougat (kernel 3.18.14) onboard recorded a score of 6 hours on battery life test. This shows that there is a difference of 9.4 percent in the battery performance before and after installing the software update.

The Galaxy S7 Edge with Android 6.0 Marshmallows has recorded a battery life of 7 hours and 10 minutes. On the other hand, Android 7.0 Nougat powered Galaxy S7 Edge scored 6 hours and 35 minutes of battery performance. The battery performance has declined by 8.1 percent by after installing Nougat OS on Galaxy S7 Edge.

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The publication has claimed that the decline in the battery performance is not because of the age-related reduction in battery life. It has concluded that the battery life on both devices has reduced after installing the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Since the battery life on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge has been affected by Nougat update, it is likely that a forthcoming software update may fix the issue.