AT&T rolls out Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

Surprisingly, AT&T and Samsung have decided that the Galaxy J3 (2016) should be updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Why is that surprising? Well, Samsung launched the mid-range smartphone back in January 2016, so in just a few months the device will celebrate two years since market release.

Well, starting this week, AT&T customers who own the Galaxy J3 (2016) can update their smartphones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The carrier confirmed that it has started the roll-out on October 11, so give it a few days to show up on your smartphone.

Aside from the new features and improvements included in Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which you can read all about in our full review, the update adds the August security patch. Yes, that's a bit old and chances are there's not going to many other security updates in the future coming for the Galaxy J3 (2016).

Finally, the update addresses the BlueBorne security exploit and brings video calling and Wi-Fi calling into the mix. Keep in mind that this is a fairly sizable download, so make sure you have at least 1GB of free storage on your phone before attempting to update.

source: AT&T

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Galaxy J3 (2016)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(13h 3G talk time)



1. Walkermoon

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

7.1.1 on a 2 year old entry level device. Come on Samsung. We spend a lot on these flagship for god sake.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

uh.... yeah why is my s7 edge still on 7.0? lol oh well i can even remember what 7.1.1 adds


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

He will likely receive Android 7.1.1 along with the Samsung Experience 8.5 (which has already been promised).


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

But what happened here was an exception, a coincidence. And only part of the Galaxies J3 2016 will be contemplated. They will not all be.

3. Tkvdogg

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Verizon/Samsung...Note 5???????????????????????


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Really Verizon, for some reason, is taking a long time to approve Android Nougat for it. By the end of 2017 it arrives! kkkkk

4. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Oh my God, Oreo is out already, and people shall be glad to have a minor update of Nougat. Beauty of Android, isn't it?


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

But for the Galaxy J3, it's not a minority update. It was still on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow before this update. Of course here only concerns the South Korean Galaxy J3 2016, Galaxy Express Prime and Galaxy Amp Prime. The rest will continue with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (this is the evil of the models that comes with Spreadtrum chipset).


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Who has the true Galaxy J3 2016, it's best not to celebrate yet. The device that received the Android Nougat was certainly the AT&T version of the Galaxy J3 2016, called the Galaxy Express Prime (SM-J320A), which already came from the factory with Android Marshmallow (the normal model came with Android Lollipop), has camera with 5 MP resolution (normal comes with 8 MP) but with Samsung Exynos chipset (the normal comes with Spreadtrum chipset). Probably the variants of Cricket (Galaxy Amp Prime) and South Korea (SM-J320N) should receive, too.

10. japal3

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2017

haha my phone got the update!

11. cusamsing

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2017

Stop wishing for the update. I need to get my J3 back on marshmallow. The update is HORRIBLE!!!! I lost ALL call history, 1/2 my contacts and the phone no longer functions properly. I have no games installed and really only use the phone for calling and testing, I leave the rest for my tablet. BUt still, my J3 clearly did not update as it should have. Now after 2 weeks, I still wait 10-30 secs for the phone or text screen to even open before I can call or text. 3 hours on the phone with Samsung and ATT and no repairs. They are telling me to do a hard reset and refuse to put it back on marshmallow. I am done with ATT and Samsung. Seriously make sure you back up ALL your info before updating!! If anyone knows how to get back please let me know!

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