Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been waiting since long for this news, but it’s here finally. According to a new report by TechTimes, the S7 and S7 Edge are going to get the much-awaited Android 7.1.1 Nougat update soon. It is being said that the software update for the flagship phones is now in the carrier testing phase. The previous flagships, including the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and Note 5, are also supposed to get the update soon after.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android 7.1.1 Nougat update has been confirmed by Vodafone Australia, who updated its Software Update Weekly Wrap this week with the new information. This suggests that the update is ready and is being currently tested by the carrier. Unless the carrier finds any issues in its testing, the update won’t take much time to be released for the customers. Once the update is rolled out officially, other carriers will follow suit.
Most carriers do not give out any information regarding the progress of their software updates. So we can guess that many carriers might be testing the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Nougat update already and might release it soon. In the U.S., only T-Mobile has listed the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge as being in the “manufacturer development” phase for the update. Verizon had announced recently that the phones on the carrier will receive the update in January, but no such news has been heard from AT&T or Sprint.
In case you haven’t noticed, Samsung will skip Android 7.0 Nougat and directly update the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This was revealed during the Android 7.0 Nougat beta test that was launched last month. Talking about the previous Samsung flagships, it is being said that the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge Plus will also skip Android 7.0 directly for the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.
If we were to make a guess, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will get the new update in Q1 of 2017. Once that happens, the previous flagships will follow suit sooner than later. That’s because once the latest handsets are updated, manufacturers generally work backwards to update the older devices.
Anyway, we’ll keep you update on this news, so stay tuned.