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Samsung is rolling out the Nougat update to some of its smartphones

In November 2016, Samsung announced that it plans to start testing Android 7.0 on its latest devices via the company’s Galaxy Beta Program. Well, Samsung devices are now ready to join the elite ranks of Nougat- equipped phones and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets are getting upgraded with the new Android 7.0. Today, Nougat  started shipping out to the handset owners.

Google recently updated its Android market share charts and Nougat versions 7.0 and 7.1 took around 0.7 percent of the total active Android installed base.  This new update was first spotted by SamMobile and seems  to be arriving first on unlocked European models of the  device. Since, Samsung does not sell an unlocked Galaxy S7 in  the United States; customers may have to wait for their carriers to deliver the product to them exclusively.

Meanwhile, Nougat will bring an array of new features to the Android devices that will actually be receiving the update. Some of the features include a split-screen mode, a revamped notification panel, UI scale, better power saving, new emojis to make texting fun and several more changes.

On another note, Samsung is going to apply its TouchWiz skin to the OS, so that  not every stock android feature is guaranteed to make its way to the devices.  Other than these feature improvements, the Nougat upgrade also introduces Samsung Pass; which lets users log into sites and apps with their fingerprints. The standard functionality of the application may vary from country to country.

Apart from Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, there are some other devices in the compatibility list as well, including:

  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • S6 edge Plus
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy Tab A and S pen
  • Galaxy Tab  S2
  • Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8

Well, this is the list for now. More phones could eventually be added as Android 7.0 is already out of the basket.

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