Not to be left out of the ongoing Android 7.0 Nougat beta release for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Samsung's previous flagships the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are also slated to receive an Android N update, with the firmware currently in development.
Many have poked Samsung to offer even just a sliver of official word about Android N support for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge though the company hasn't responded to any queries yet. Now, if reports are correct, Android N may soon be headed for these devices as it has officially started developing the firmware for them.
Android Nougat For Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge
The Android N firmware for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is listed as having the build number XXS5DPK7, according to a report by SamMobile. Of course, this number is expected to change as development progresses until the official rollout of Android N for the devices.
The firmware development could finish in a few months' time, since creating a stable and smooth-sailing build involves a lot of fine-tuning and refining on Samsung's part. Android N will most likely not arrive to Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners before this year ends, since Samsung's more recent flagships, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, won't receive it in that window, either.
What To Expect When Nougat Arrives To Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge
Apart from the standard new changes that's outfitted inside Nougat, expect Samsung to develop the firmware with its custom OS, like the one found in many of its flagships. It's still up to speculation whether Samsung will carry over its Grace UX to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, though it most likely will, suggestive of its trend to keep all of its flagships running on the same platform.
Most remarkably, expect Android N's multi-window mode, a multi-tasking feature that enables two apps to run simultaneously without closing either one. The firmware might also bring Galaxy Apps suggestions to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge firmware, showing app suggestions upon entering relevant keywords.
It's still too early to speculate what Samsung might include in the firmware, but hopefully it opens up a beta test, similar to what it offered for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners before officially pushing it out to everyone.
For those of you who may have forgotten the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, both rock a 5.1-inch Quad HD screen with 577 ppi. The devices have a 16-megapixel rear shooter that can record 4K video at 30 fps and a 5-megapixel front shooter.
Both are powered with an Exynos 7420 Octa chip with the Mali-T760MP8 for graphics. They came with Android 5.0 Lollipop when first released. Hopefully, Samsung finishes the Android 7.0 firmware for these devices soon.