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.

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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.

source: Tansu Yegen (XDA Devs) via Neowin

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