Samsung always lags behind its rivals like Motorola and HTC in terms of software updates. It started seeding Android Marshmallow to its flagship devices only in February, months after handsets from Google Nexus series, HTC and Motorola received it. However, the company is expected to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat update to its eligible devices earlier than expected.
The South Korean electronics giant hasn't announced the list of devices that will get the Android 7.0 Nougat update. But The Korea Times has claimed in a report that the firmware will first come to the recently launched Galaxy Note 7 before spreading to other devices like the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 edge+, S6 Active, S6 Ironman edition, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Active, S7 Active, S7 Batman edition, and S7 Olympic edition.
Samsung may start rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update to its premium devices in November or December. Google had released the new firmware earlier than the previous years.
Will Samsung make the Google's new firmware to its popular mid-range handsets? No word from the company yet, but the OS is expected to come to handsets like Galaxy A9, Galaxy A9 Pro, Galaxy A7 (2015), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy A8, Galaxy On7, Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7.
However, the seeding of Android 7.0 Nougat to Samsung's high-end and mid-range devices should commence only after the flagship devices get it.
Android 7.0 Nougat comes with features like multi-window, direct reply notifications, Extra power efficiency, Google Assistant, VR interface, Seamless updates, Screen Zoom, Clear All, Data saver, Improved file browser, Instant Apps, App switch, bundled notifications, improved Java 8 language support, and new emojis. It has already been rolled out to Google Nexus devices.
The LG V20 is the first smartphone to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat.