Verizon customers are understandably wondering where their Android 7.0 Nougat update is for the latest Samsung flagship smartphones on the network, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. All of Verizon's big competitors, T Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, have already received the update, which Verizon promised would be coming to customers on its network early this year.
Android 7.0 Nougat Rolls Out For Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge
As we have been reporting, the latest version of Android's mobile software, Android 7.0 Nougat, has been rolling out to owners of Samsung's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, around the world. In mid-January, users in China and some European territories were treated to the update, signaling the software upgrade for U.S. users of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge was coming soon. Of course, the usual delay was expected for most of the country's customers, whose phones are locked into a specific carrier who has to customize and approve the software upgrade prior to release.
About a month later, on Feb. 19, AT&T customers who owned Samsung's latest flagships were the first to be treated to the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Then a few days later, Sprint and then T-Mobile released their versions of Nougat to owners of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on their respective networks.
Verizon Lags On Android 7.0 Nougat For Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge
That leaves only one of the big four carriers left to release the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade to users on its network, and that's Verizon. Verizon has given no guidance as to when the software update would be released since last year, when the carrier mysteriously halted its participation in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Beta Program. It informed participants that it would no longer be providing new beta versions in a terse statement on the Galaxy Beta App, which read as follows.
"Dear Customers, Verizon will stay on the original software for the remainder of this trial. Beta trial users will be upgraded to the commercial N release when it is available early next year. Thanks, Galaxy Beta Program Team."
Since then the company has been mum on the eventual rollout of the official non-beta Android 7.0 Nougat software update to its customers. Many users of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on the Verizon Network are angry that all of Verizon's competitors in the United States have released the upgrade and are venting their frustrations in online forums, especially because the statement from Verizon specifically indicated a release "early next year." Most objective assessments would not really consider March early in the year, and that month is only a few days away.
"All the other carriers have released this update ... Verizon is last again and again," posted user LOCPRES64 in Verizon's online forums, as others agreed.
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