Samsung has outlined which of its devices will get the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat
Samsung started to roll-out Android 7.0 Nougat to its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones earlier this week.
The highly-anticipated update was purportedly halted during its initial roll-out, however, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners have since tweeted about receiving the next-generation upgrade.
To check whether your Samsung Galaxy S7 can be updated, navigate to Settings > About Device > Download Updates Manually.
But the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are not the only devices set to updated to Android 7.0 Nougat.
Samsung has promised to keep a number of older devices up-to-date with the latest software.
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The South Korean technology company will roll-out Android Nougat to the following handsets –
Galaxy S6 Edge
Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Galaxy Note 5
Galaxy Tab A w/ S Pen
Galaxy Tab S2
Unfortunately, Samsung has not revealed a definitive release date for the software updates.
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The company has promised that the above devices will be update to the latest version of Android "within the first half of this year".
However, those who are not using a SIM-free, unlocked handset bought from Samsung might face a longer wait – as your mobile carrier will likely have to trawl through the Android 7.0 Nougat update band approve the new software.
Samsung has teased what users can expect when they upgrade their device to Android 7.0 Nougat
Posting on its website, Samsung said: "With the release of the update, new and improved features promise to let Galaxy users get more out of their devices.
"The update also enables faster speeds for downloading apps and system software updates."
Here is what Samsung devices owners running Android 7.0 Nougat can expect –
#1 – Quick Panel and Notifications
The Quick Panel features a cleaner aesthetic, as titles have been removed from the icons in the panel’s first depth. Icons in the second depth are organised into groups of nine, making them easier to locate.
Users can also utilise the integrated S Finder to locate what they want on their smartphone or the web straight from the Quick Panel.
Notifications are now grouped to display information more clearly and also support Direct Reply.
#2 – Multi Window
An improved controller allows the window size to be more easily adjusted in split screen view.
Also, with a new pop-up window function that supports up to five separate windows in addition to the two in the split-screen view, users can access up to seven apps at the same time.
#3 – Performance Mode
The newly added Performance Mode lets users optimise their smartphones to better meet their specific needs by activating one of the four available modes.
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Optimised mode, for example, extends battery life and enhances speed, and is suitable for daily usage, while Game mode provides useful functions such as Game Launcher and Game Tools.
Entertainment mode enhances sound and image quality and High Performance mode enables the highest quality display settings possible.
#4 – Samsung Pass
Samsung Pass, the feature that works as a master key for website login on Samsung Internet, is now supported on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Users can use their fingerprint to log into selected websites and apps with Samsung Pass. The feature will soon be expanded to support mobile banking app integration.