Galaxy S7 duo will get Grace UX, Always-on Display improvements with Android Nougat

Right off the back of news that Samsung has begun testing Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7, new info suggests that the Note 7's Grace UX will also be part of the bargain. It is believed that both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will benefit from Grace UX, which will roll out alongside the major Android firmware update. 

Grace UX, for the uninitiated, is the new, more intuitive direction for Samsung's TouchWiz overlay. Currently available on the Galaxy Note 7 only, both of the main S7 handsets look set to benefit from its features. According to SamMobile, the Android 7.0 Nougat-based update will run 'smoother than the current software' of the S7 and S7 edge. 

The report also suggests the Note 7's new Always-on Display features will be ported over to the S7 and S7 edge. Although both handsets already include AoD capabilities, Samsung added a bunch of new features to the Note 7's repertoire. It now looks, as was suspected at the time, like those features will be made available to Galaxy S7 owners as well. 

Even though testing has commenced, it could be quite some time before the Galaxy S7, S7 edge or indeed the Note 7 sees any Nougat action. The global recall of the latter certainly won't have aided the cause. Even so, as many Samsung device owners will vouch, the Android turnaround time is often slow and drawn-out anyway, regardless of any fiery phone sideshow

Still, Android 7.0 with Grace UX and AoD improvements gives S7 device owners something to really look forward to. Let us know what you make of these potential improvements in the comments section below. 


source: SamMobile

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29 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So excited for this and happy for my reliable s7 edge! Keep it up sammy!!!

2. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

My Note 5 has been running just as fast as the day I got it (1 year ago). Note 7 users: what do you like/dislike about the new Grace UX?

10. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

My opinion on my note 7 it's like iPhone but with folders. Never used iPhone but seen few co-worker's and yep iPhone with less clutter. Though I've grown into a stock lover since Nexus 6p is back up so I personally have pixel launcher on my note and Nexus 6p.

14. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have the exynos version of the Note 7, and I love it. Just like the S7 Edge I had, I am yet to experience any lag, and I am averaging around 6:15 hrs of sot. I love how less the screen is prone to accidental touches. Thing that I am not liking so far, is the keyboard, it feels like it is dumber now, it doesn't save your vocab and words like the S7 Edge used to, and also, the predictive text doesn't seem to learn from other apps like previous Samsung keyboards.

15. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

It sounds like you'd be better off using the Google Keyboard or SwiftKey. I've tried both and I personally like SwiftKey more. The personalization you can do to the keyboard is second to none, in my opinion. Plus, predictive text is great on SwiftKey.

16. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The thing is that I am so hooked into using Samsung's keyboard, and that was of the main reasons I switched back to Samsung from HTC. The 4th number row is a must for me, since I heavily use it while typing in arabic using the english letters(if that makes sense to you lol).

18. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

It might not make sense to me lol but I do know that SwiftKey has an option to turn on a number row up at the top (which I currently have turned on). Plus it gives you options to make the keyboard smaller or larger. Just try it already! You can always uninstall it. :D

21. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Thanks for the advice buddy, will definitely try it out and give you my feedback.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have no feelings. Starting with the settings menu, it looks confusing at first after being use to the old me u. The VZW version still dies have the old. But the next forces extra clicks for settings that were in the list. It looks for a we and is faster though vs the Note 5. It is just cleaner and more pleasing to the eye. Things were moved that didn't need to be. Like they integrated Smart Switch into the skin, and to get to it manually, there is no longer an icon...its in the settings menu. It's nice but for me vs my Note 5, the big draw for me was the phones new design. The UI is so clean, not cluttered and not agressive, not in your face. I wish I could have it for my Tab S. Certainly nicer than iOS. The settings menu is what iOS needs. Serious overhaul!

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol....took me 10 secs to understand 'S7 duo' meant S7 & S7 edge and not S7 dual sim :D

7. Exynos88

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 26, 2016

Hahaha

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep. Duo vs Duos. Had me too at first. Nice tech pun!

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sweet....... but will my new S6 Edge?

8. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Probably

9. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Guess will, with Nougat update.

20. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yes it will spring or summer next year.

25. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Nope.

28. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

That's your own mind.

29. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Nope, thats what's gonna happen, if you knew samsung update pattern, you would have known they never bring new UI to their old handsets, thats what happened to Note 4, S5, & definitely will happen to S6 duo, i am even suprised they included S7 duo..

5. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I can't wait!

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL!!!!!!!

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Waiting for the release of this update for the S6 Edge+ !

24. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Definitely wont happen

12. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

cant wait.

13. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

We want that on the galaxy s6 also

17. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Yeay!

22. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

No adoptable storage support, no deal.

23. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What device are you using currently?

30. RodrigoFreijanes

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Sad about Samsung is not like Apple on upgrade OS. The iOS was launched days before iPhone 7 goes to market, so, even old models can run the last OS before the newer one. I have S7 edge. .

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