Android 7.1 might be under testing for Samsung devices

File this one under 'wild speculation but with a hint of credibility': according to SamMobile, updates to a couple of Samsung's Android apps suggest we might be seeing an update to Android 7.1 Nougat hit the company's devices, including the Galaxy S8, soon. This would be a welcome move, as the inclusion of the nine-month old Android 7.0 was one of the Galaxy S8's biggest disappointments when it was initially announced.

But here's the actual news: the latest updates to Samsung Health and Samsung Game Tuner, as uploaded to app rehosting website ApkMirror, appear to be targeting Android 7.1, rather than 7.0. Currently, none of the company's devices run this version of Android, and Game Tuner is only supported on Samsung phones, leading to the theory that the update is currently under testing.

On the other hand, however, this is not at all a confirmation that there's anything under testing at the moment – it could be just that the development teams behind these apps would prefer to be ahead of the curve and futureproof their code so they don't have to do it at a later date. And in Samsung Health's case, the app is also available to non-Samsung devices as well, and Samsung could simply want to maximize compatibility rather than risk having unforeseen bugs appear on newer versions of Android.

However, it's almost a given that there will, at some point, be an official Samsung update to 7.1 – Android O, the next major version of the OS, is months away, and it's highly unlikely Sammy will keep its users on an outdated release until then. SamMobile goes as far as theorizing that 7.1 could come together with the Galaxy S8's official release, but for now, we would advise against getting one's hopes up too early.

source: ApkMirror (1), (2) via SamMobile



1. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

thank God i ditched Samsung in exchange for OnePlus 3. happily using 7.1.1 now.

2. Gustavoar

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 13, 2016

These companies a ridiculous, shipping Android 7.0 when 7.1 is out for months, and even then it takes even more time to update to 7.1. Google should put strict rules on updates

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Given Samsung is using newer kernel under the hood and is pretty advanced as per UI functionality the phone has, Android version feels like just a number. (My thought, not defending anyone.) Changes in 7.1 (excluding pixel only changes) Night Light Touch/display performance improvements Moves (Fingerprint swipe down gesture - opt-in) Seamless A/B system updates Daydream VR mode Manual storage manager - identifies apps and files and apps using storage Which ones do you care for that aren't in the current phone?

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When is PA going to understand that Samsung always releases a phone with the software that was available during R&D and testing. No OEM in ththe middle of a device run has ever stop mid stride and tried to switch to a new OS versions. Apple has never done so, Windows OEMs have never done so either. It is not disappointing except to people who are idiot. 7.0 is what was available when Samsung was doing the S8. That is what it should come with. What should happen is, as soon as an update is available. OEMs should start working on them immediately so that at least their top tier devices get updated as soon as possible.

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Just start working with Google on Android O... That's the real update that we want


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

We're still crossing fingers waiting for the nougat update to come to the galaxy s6 worldwide

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nougat update will bring practically nothing new to tge the Galaxy S6, apart from the new Kernel and API 25.

8. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

It includes the option for scaling down the display resolution and the new ux, like the note 5 did, right? No?

9. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The Note 5 has 7.0 already??

10. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

i have nougat on my s6 edge for more than a month now and it's just amazing...the new grace ux is awsome with all the new features eg. secure folder, google keys, always on display etc...

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