Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones that were part of the beta test are now getting the first public release of Android 7.0 Nougat.
The nougat flavor has been in beta testing for the Galaxy S7 flagships for a good while now and the beta finally ended early this year, signaling that it would only be a matter of time before the public release rolled out.
Fast forward to the present date and it seems that Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners who participated in the beta can now upgrade their handsets to the final release of Android 7.0 Nougat, one week earlier than expected.
Early Galaxy S7 Nougat Rollout For Beta Testers?
News recently surfaced that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge would start getting the Nougat treat next week, on Jan. 17. With that in mind, it could be possible that beta testers are getting the first public Nougat release now, and Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners who haven't participated in the beta would get the update starting on Jan. 17.
This theory is not too farfetched, as beta testers who participated in the so-called soak tests could have priority over regular Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners when it comes to receiving the update.
Be it as it may, the first official public build has now started hitting devices, with some Galaxy S7 and S7 edge reporting that they have received the official update notification from the Galaxy Beta Program team.
As usual, the update is rolling out in stages and should continue to widen its availability over the next few weeks. The update also contains the January Android security patch, but it's worth pointing out that the OS version is Android 7.0 and not Android 7.1.1 as some may have expected.
Nevertheless, the update will bring all of the new features and improvements that Android Nougat has to offer, aiming to enhance the overall performance and user experience.
The package weighs in at 215 MB, albeit it remains unclear whether the update will have the same size or will be larger for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners who were not part of the beta testing program.
Android 7.0 Nougat - What To Expect
There are a number of neat Android 7.0 Nougat features worth upgrading for and users should get a better experience overall. The update brings several changes to Samsung's user interface, improves the notification system, offers better optimizations to extend battery performance, brings multitasking and Multi-Window Mode, and more.
Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners in the Galaxy beta program should keep an eye on their notifications for that update prompt, if they haven't received it already. Alternately, users can also try upgrading their devices manually from the phone's settings.
If you already received Android 7.0 Nougat on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, drop by our comment section below and tell us how it all fares. If you have yet to get the treat, fret not - it's on its way.
Lastly, it's unconfirmed whether non-beta testers will get the update on Jan. 17 or if they should expect it sooner. As always, we'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more.