Latest Nougat beta for the Galaxy S7 brings the new Note app and Samsung Pass

Samsung won't simply be offering a jump from Android 6.0 Marshmallow to 7.0 Nougat on its flagships, it seems, but the software update is about to grace your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge with a bunch of new UX features, as the company tries to enhance its ubiquitous, yet often scorned Android overlay. 

We already previewed some of those new options, like the app shortcuts placed in the notification shade, or the ability to change the screen resolution with a simple slider to save on battery, but there will be more in store with the official update, it seems. Samsung just outed a third Nougat beta release and it brings some anticipated new features.

First stop is the new Galaxy Note app that has been ported over from the Note 7. It unifies staples like Action Memo or S Note into one app called simply Note, though how will it be used on a stylus-deprived phones, remains to be tested. Next is the addition of Samsung Pass, which is basically a master key for mobile banking services or website login on Samsung's default browser, though the feature may not work in all markets. 

The rest are bug fixes and rearrangements like moving the Clear All button in the Recents screen to the bottom where it belongs, or adding an auto brightness toggle in the Quick Panel options.

source: XDA-Devs

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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)



1. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

In other news...Samsung has officially dropped the "TouchWiz" branding and renamed their UI "Experience"

2. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Do a lot of people actually use vendor-specific apps? Seems like a great way to force yourself into getting locked into a brand.

3. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You know you have the freedom to choose vendor, Google or 3-rd party apps? Just use what you like most.

4. Blazers

Posts: 760; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I really thought that after the Note 7 fiasco, that Samsung might show a little love to their Note 5. Obviously this isn't the case. I don't know why they don't just put their Notes app on the Samsung store, so previous Notes can use it. After all, it was designed with the S Pen in mind.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? The Samsung Notes app and the original SNote are available in the Galaxy Apps store and Play Store. What are you talking about? I have Samsung latest Samsung Notes app installed on my Note 5. You have no idea what you're talking about!

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