Public release Android 7 Nougat update rolling to all Galaxy S7 and S7 edge handsets in beta test markets
After rolling the the official Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for some beta users last week, Samsung is now starting to push out the OTA files for everyone in those markets, namely the UK and China for now. Today is the rumored date when the update was supposed to launch globally, so Samsung seems to be right on cue. The update is about 1.2 GB, and, especially in China, ran into some bugs initially, and was reportedly pulled before being re-released today. As to when will it hit the non-Exynos versions sold on US carriers, remains to be seen, but the wait shouldn't be long now that the beta testing phase is done and dusted.
According to Samsung's Customer Consultant Guide slides, there are apparently no less than twenty new features and visuals that will be introduced with the Nougat software for your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. Some of these, like the App shortcuts for default Samsung apps, or the multi-window mode, are inherent for Android 7, but many others belong to Samsung's new UX, and we aren't talking about the different iconography in the settings menu, or the notification shade background changes.
There is, for example, the ability to change the native screen resolution when you don't need all that granular detail, which would ease the work of the GPU, thus eventually have positive effect on battery life. The messaging app now allows you to classify texts by threads and contacts, and there are plenty of other changes coming with Nougat, so stay tuned for our review of the official update.