Android 7 Nougat is coming to Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge by the end of February


Android 7.0 Nougat is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge by the end of February, according to a tweet from Tansu Yegen, vice president of Samsung Turkey. We suppose this concerns the roll-out in Turkey, but it's also logical to assume that a similar time frame can be expected in Europe and other markets where Samsung is selling the Galaxy S7. It's also worth pointing out that many Galaxy S7 models sold outside the United States ship with an Exynos chip, rather than the Snapdragon 820, so we might have a different timeline for the Nougat update schedule in the U.S., especially considering the carrier approval situation.

With this in mind, the Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung's flagship phones released in early 2016, is certainly good news: it comes just a few weeks after the company pushed the latest version of Android to its current flagships, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Admittedly, it's also true that Samsung and other major phone makers are all rolling out the Nougat update to their best phones in January - February 2017, some five month months after Google rolled out the update to Nexus phones and some four to five months after the release of the Google Pixel with Nougat.

Tansu Yegen (@TansuYegen) tweeted an image on February 8, 2017 (the image and tweet are now pulled), showing the following schedule for Nougat updates on Galaxy phones:

  • Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will arrive at the end of 2nd week of February
  • By the end of the 3rd week of February, update will come to Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 will also get the Nougat update by the end of the 3rd week
  • Galaxy S6 edge update will arrive at the end of the fourth week of February.
  • Galaxy A series in May and Galaxy J series in July

You can find a copy of the posted image on XDA Developers at the source link at the bottom of the article.

The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are in many aspects similar to the newer S7: they have a similarly great glass and metal design, there is a dual-curved screen model, and the camera captures outstanding images. The two missing features are water-proofing and a microSD card slot on the S6 and S6 Edge.

At the same time, those shortcomings are off-set by huge price cuts on the 2016 Samsung flagships: the Galaxy S6 is now on sale for just $340 on eBay, while the S6 Edge can be found for $400 and even less. The prices are similar in Europe: big retailers like German MediaMarkt and Saturn are offering instant rebates on the Galaxy S6 bringing its price down to €350, while the S6 Edge price is cut to €400.

While we are all waiting for the newest fancy Galaxy S8 with a crazy new all-screen design, the new Snapdragon 835 and the fresh new Bixby assistant, if you just want a great phone at an under $400 price, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge fit that bill perfectly. And with the Nougat update coming soon, you can rest assured that you will be on an up-to-date software for the next year or so.

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source: Tansu Yegen (XDA Devs) via Neowin

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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19 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 722; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

and yet we are past the middle of FEB and no sign of nougat for my S7edge unlocked.....

2. willard12 unregistered

You should throw it in the garbage. It must be completely useless.

9. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

You missed the point. People are upset because you are spending over $500 on a device that should bring you updates on a regular basis. The fact we spend that much money and don't receive updates until February is COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS! When will android manufacturers realize that this affects thousands of users who are eager to update, especially when the new update contains awesome new features that people would like to try out. It would be different if the updates were minuscule, but let's be honest - Nougat is a pretty damn good update with features I use on a daily basis with my Nexus phone. Samsung is the leading android manufacturer, that just got done with a massive issue in the Note 7. For them not to be responsible enough to provide timely updates to the current flagship in their pipeline makes android as a whole look bad. To respond to your point willard12 - no one thinks the device is now considered completely useless. However, the 'latest and greatest' seems to not offer the latest and greatest software from the very platform that it utilizes. If Samsung and other manufacturers are going to continuously set their own timelines, this will continue to be a problem for users wanting to upgrade. Who wants to purchase a phone just for it to have inferior sofware?! We are tech geeks. We require the latest and greatest especially when shelling out hundreds of dollars to support the almost trillion dollar industry at this point. Don't you understand that if samsung got on board with timely updates, then perhaps smaller companies would do the same? They can help make a push for timely updates across the board which will reflect greatly on Android and google as a whole. So no William, it's not that the phone is garbage. Samsung's decision making is garbage when not done out of the greater good for the ultimate consumer.

11. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

When has samsung ever been known to be first out of the gate with updates? This isn't anything new and it won't change any time soon.

18. willard12 unregistered

You'll get over it. Or not. Maybe you should spend $500 on a Pixel next time and it will save you from minutes of ranting. Point me to the documents/contract that guarantee updates and I'll take your side in what a company "should" do. Furthermore, your rant isn't about the lack of an update. You're ranting about not getting it on the timetable you think you should get it. Well, if you feel you've been wronged, take it to court. A please let us all know how it turns out.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because all of a sudden your phone is worthless because it hasn't been updated? Let me ask, doesn't you phoen still work the same as it did when you took it out the box? Yes? So what's your hurry to get an update? I mean, other than the new UI, some security and OS fixes, your phone is going to have pretty much the exact same features and capabilities. So I really don't understand the problem. We all know updates are slower on Samsung phones. If that is such a big deal for you, why you keep buying them?

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

For a company as big as Samsung, with a profit of millions, can't they afford to hire more competent and efficient staff? What's more, smaller companies has done it so why can't Samsung? The same reason why he or she and you still hold on to your Galaxies, you're all fans.

10. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

You hit the nail on the head. Samsung is a multi billion dollar company who produces millions of dollars in CASH on an annual basis that has the power to deploy resources to assist with a particular function. For people to defend a company as large as Samsung, then in turn allow this large company to get away with laziness is utterly insane. Think about what you are saying for a second. 1. Comes out with expensive devices that should last 2 years plus 2. Promises timely updates with OS utilized 3. Doesn't come through on promise 4. On to the next latest and greatest device (S8) and ignore all the people with S7's 5. Profit off people jumping ship to S8 with latest and greatest software It's a continuous cycle that Samsung has now mastered. Apple does this as well, except they almost purposefully slow down phones when applying new updates. The balance of power is just not where it should be. Google needs to figure out a way to hold these companies liable for timing of updates. Some people out there are still on Gingerbread. Here is the unfortunate reality though - There are simply not enough people who care about updates other than tech geeks. However, if this crowd was able to be convinced that this should matter, as all Apple geeks get with or without experience, then it would be well worth it for Samsung to consider this as a main incentive in deploying appropriate resources for this sole task. For the time being, they can simply put a renewed focus on getting this done for developers and other people who'd like faster updates. It makes literally no sense why the wait was this long. Thank God I don't own a samsung phone, In my opinion, they should consider making an all stock version and going forward with tthat. It would be a complete hit, but obviously lose some of the exclusive features found within touchwiz.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I agree As long as my phone is working fine and I get my security updates I am fine. Samsung has to update more then 2 phones so I understand it can take longer. Then you have to wait for the carriers so that's not Samsungs fault. Like Techie said, why do you by a Samsung phone if you don't want to wait for updates.

15. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

same as well..uk s7 edge unlocked.

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

What's going on in Nougat that you can't already do with TW? Nougat just added a few thing TW has been doing for years. I still have the beta installed on mine and it really isn't doing anything different than 6.0. Now they did basically port over the the Note 7 rom so if that's what you want then xda should be able to help you out. These update junkies are hilarious!! You buy the device knowing that major version updates are going to take months after it's released but yet you still complain. Samsung hasn't changed anything with updates so far so why continue to complain???

5. aloner

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Another Samsung lie. We are in the third week of February and the S7 Edge update to Nougat is not available in most of the world.

7. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

And naaaaaturally, another SIX MONTHS before the traditional Carriers *approve* those Nougat 7.x upgrades for their specific-banded phones.

8. Jacksie66 unregistered

My s7 edge on Vodafone here in Ireland hasn't got the update yet. Doesn't bother me. Phone still works flawlessly. And from what I've heard, the battery takes a hammering on Nougat so I'm quite happy to wait..

13. Nopers unregistered

No sign of Samsung pay in the UK. "By the end of 2016" my ass.

14. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

And by the time that it will hit all CSC's it will be the end of February 2018 :)

17. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well, there ware few interesting news from South Korea today, Samsung's destiny could be in question... So,, maybe this update could be late little bit.

19. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

There goes the battery life...

20. shebeny

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

any updates for s6??

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