The long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update is finally rolling out to regular users of Samsung's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Users in several territories in Europe as well as China have reportedly received the upgrade, with the U.S. and other regions expected to soon follow suit.
Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Android Nougat Update Rolling Out
It looks as if the reported Jan. 17 rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat to non-beta program participants who own the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge was accurate, as users in various global territories are reporting having received the software update on their devices. A cloud of mystery had recently shrouded the details of the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the first devices by the manufacturer scheduled to receive the Android Nougat update.
It was recently reported that the Android 7.0 Nougat update would be released to all Galaxy S7 owners on Jan. 17. That was based on information leaked following the release of the update in a soak test to some users of the smartphones who participated in the voluntary beta testing program for the software.
Then it was revealed that Samsung had halted the release of the purported final Android 7.0 Nougat build to beta program participants in China, instead replacing it with another beta version. While this indicated there were issues with the previously released build, it was unclear whether the problems were specific to the Chinese market.
Now we can confirm that the final regular update has in fact been released in several territories, including China, despite the very recent replacement of the regular update with the new beta in that country. In addition to China, users in the UK, Belgium, and Romania have reported receiving the update. In the next few days, users in the United States and other markets should be receiving the upgrade as well.
All Regions Thus Far Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Build, Not 7.1.1
Another source of confusion had been exactly which version of the Android Nougat software users of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge would be receiving. A Samsung representative had previously stated that the devices would be upgraded directly to the 7.1.1 build of the Nougat software, skipping over the earlier 7.0 version. Then, a Vodafone rep stated that its customers would in fact be receiving Android 7.0 Nougat and that the version of Nougat released to S7 and S7 edge users would vary according to model and region. It appears that so far, however, all the newly released Android Nougat software upgrades have been confined to the 7.0 version.