It appears as if Samsung's rugged Galaxy S7 variant, the Galaxy S7 Active, is set to receive its Android 7.0 Nougat update soon. A Galaxy S7 Active running the latest Android software build has received Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Samsung Galaxy Series Android 7.0 Nougat Upgrade
We've been closely following the progress of the latest Android software upgrade, Android 7.0 Nougat, for the Samsung Galaxy line of devices expected to receive it, and as we have reported, Samsung is currently in the process of rolling out the update worldwide to its two current flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
As those two prioritized handsets receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, other devices in the Galaxy series are naturally next in line for the upgrade. Samsung has officially announced that, in addition to the aforementioned current flagships, the Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, S6 edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8 are all set to eventually be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat.
We recently offered our projected timeline and order of release for the remaining Samsung devices on the official list, and suggested that one of the next handsets likely to be the recipient of an Android 7.0 Nougat rollout was the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. The device is the only official variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7, and therefore its update shouldn't come far behind those of its siblings. In addition, a Galaxy S7 Active running Android 7.0 Nougat was spotted on GFXBench about a month ago, also signaling the update was being readied for rollout.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Model Running Android 7.0 Nougat Receives Wi-Fi Certification
Now, another sure sign the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is coming soon has emerged. A Galaxy S7 model has just been officially Wi-Fi certified by the WFA, or Wi-Fi Alliance. That means Samsung is getting its certifications in order for the eventual rollout.
The Galaxy S7 Active is an exclusive of AT&T in the United States, as were all previously released "Active" labeled Galaxy S series smartphones (the Galaxy S5 also had a "Sport" version almost identical to AT&T's S5 Active that was exclusive to Sprint in the United States).
Recently, AT&T offered the guidance through a company rep that it would be releasing the Android 7.0 Nougat updates for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices running on its network in early spring, and it is now fair to surmise that the Galaxy S7 Active is likely to be upgraded around the same time as its namesakes.