It took longer than expected for Samsung to roll out Android Marshmallow operating system to its eligible devices with then flagship Galaxy S6 receiving it five months after many devices from other OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) got it. If this trend continues, Galaxy S7 and other eligible Samsung devices will not get Android 7.0 Nougat update any time soon.
Several reports have claimed that the South Korean technology giant is planning to seed the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its devices early. Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to be the first Samsung device to receive the OS, but it's not going to happen as the controversy-ridden handset has been stopped from selling.
It is also reported that Samsung Galaxy S7 has been spotted running Android 7.0 Nougat on the official GFXBench online database. The company is said to be testing the OS on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in Poland. However, it may take a few months, perhaps two to three months before the firmware is fully developed for seeding.
This means that Samsung Galaxy S7 and its other variants -- Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S7 Batman edition, and Galaxy S7 Olympic edition – will get the firmware in the first quarter of 2017. Other high-end devices like Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 edge+, S6 Active, S6 Ironman edition, and S6 Active are expected to be among the first to get the firmware.
Samsung is yet to announce the list of devices that may get the firmware update, but it won't come as a surprise if it is seeded to some of the popular mid-range smartphones like Galaxy A9, Galaxy A9 ProGalaxy A7 (2015), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy A8, Galaxy On7, Galaxy C5, and Galaxy C7.
The Android 7.0 Nougat update is expected to bring the Grace UX feature, that is seem in Galaxy Note 7, to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.