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Samsung attributes its positive earnings this year to the success of its flagship smartphones the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge. In picture: A model poses with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Google is expected to release its new operating system, the Android 7.0 Nougat, next month but Samsung is yet to seed Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to some of its popular handsets. It was earlier reported that the Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy J3 (2016), and Galaxy Alpha will receive the firmware update but that is yet to happen.

The South Korean technology giant has rolled out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to all the eligible flagship devices and a few popular handsets, including the Galaxy A9, Galaxy A7 (2015), galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy A8, and Galaxy On7 (SM-G600F). However, the company is keeping mum on whether it will seed the firmware to the Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy J3 (2016), and Galaxy Alpha, keeping the owners of these devices puzzled.

Samsung is also yet to roll out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to the Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) released in some markets like China and India. The devices released in the United States and some regions in Korea run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but those released in other countries run Android 5.1 Lollipop.

With Google expected to release the final version of its new operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat by the end of this summer, Samsung should seed Marshmallow to all the non-eligible handsets before the launch of the latest firmware. The craze for Marshmallow may die down after the release of Nougat.

Google has already released four developer previews of its Android 7.0 Nougat. It brings several 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, and improved Java 8 language support.

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