Latest Android Nougat beta for Galaxy S7/S7 edge brings transparency for lockscreen notifications

Samsung hasn't yet released Android 7.0 Nougat for any of its smartphones or tablets, but that will surely change very soon. The South Korean company is now delivering the fifth Android Nougat beta build for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and it doesn't look like it's going to be the last.

Obviously, the update is only available to those who have been accepted in the beta program after downloading the Samsung Galaxy Beta Program application.

Among the most important changes included in this beta build, there's a new transparency feature for notifications on the lockscreen, which makes the wallpaper visible at all times regardless of the number of notifications received.

The official changelog also mentions the software update can include, but is not limited to device stability improvements, as well as many bug fixes. Some other new features may have been added too, while others already available feature might have been enhanced. It's also suppose to fix an "intermittent rebooting issue."

The fifth Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge isn't really a sizable download as the file weighs in at around 300MB. Keep in mind that the update can be downloaded via Wi-Fi network.

At this rate, we expect Samsung to release the final Android Nougat version of both Galaxy S smartphones at the beginning of 2017. An exact launch date will probably be announced during or after CES 2017, or not.

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. trqster

Posts: 176; Member since: May 17, 2013

I'm still running the very first beta on my S7 Edge almost without any hiccups so far. It's gonna rock the final version.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I'm enjoying my nougat flavored HTC 10. Come on Samsung, you're slow as a snail.

3. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

So you entered this article just to bash Samsung?

4. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

HTC doesn't modify Android much. Samsung rewrites it down to the framework. That's going to take more time.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Exactly! Rushing it will just result in more complaints like Nexus ( )/Pixel ( | )/iPhone ( | ) users have been doing, and yet another update will be needed to fix that. In the end, they merely gained a version # change, no advanced new features that weren't doable in earlier versions of heavily skinned Android ROMs.

5. trqster

Posts: 176; Member since: May 17, 2013

And me and many others are also enjoying (beta) nougat flavoured S7/S7 Edge. Only thing that is not yet working that I miss is the theme engine.

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

About as slow as HTC phone sales, right?

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