Before the end of 2016, Android 7.0 Nougat Update is expected to be officially available to some Samsung unlocked models such as Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7. It was reported that the South Korean company had plans for releasing the update on some devices, but they have decided that the S7 series will be the first to have the said Android Nougat update.
It has been months since Google released Android 7.0 Nougat to Google Pixel and selected Nexus devices. The developers have also revealed the latest Android 7.1.1 update and fixes as well as the security patch for December. But according to a new report, Samsung has just released a program called Galaxy Beta for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handset users to register and test the Nougat before they officially release the update for the said devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Beta program for the Android Nougat update is also known as “Samsung Experience.” The program features an introduction called “Samsung Pass” which, among other features, helps the users to enable a biometric feature for automatic authentication.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Forgo Andoid 7.0 — Direct Upgrade to 7.1.1
However, some reports say that for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the South Korean company is going to skip 7.0 altogether and go directly to the Android 7.1.1 update early next year. Other Samsung devices such as Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 will also be updated to Android 7.1.1 instead of Android 7.0 in 2017.
Verizon Offers the Same, But Not Until Early Next Year
In addition to these, Verizon did not participate in Samsung’s Galaxy Beta program; instead, they will roll out the software on their devices in early 2017. Those devices that are testing the software will find their phones eventually reverting back to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow — at least until Android 7.1.1 Nougat becomes available next year.
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