Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge may soon get Galaxy Note 8's new UI


Launched more than a year ago as Samsung's flagships for the first half of 2016, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have already been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Along with the new OS update, both smartphones receive a newer version of TouchWiz known as Grace UX.

However, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 come with different UIs, which are not available on the last year's flagships. Samsung Experience 8.1 made its debut on the Galaxy S8 and was later improved to version 8.5 when the Note 8 was released on the market.

While other Samsung smartphones have been updated to Samsung Experience 8.1 such as the Galaxy J5 and J7 (2016), as well as the 2017 Galaxy A series, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge continue to run an older UI.

But that's likely to change in the coming months since Samsung somewhat confirmed that the next major update for Galaxy S7/S7 edge will bring the new Samsung Experience UI as well.

We believe that Samsung Experience will be released for the Galaxy S7/S7 edge along with the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update. Unfortunately, there's no telling when the update will hit these smartphones, as Samsung is probably going to take care of this year's flagships first.

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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)
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)

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16 Comments

1. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Good Job Samsung

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That an awesome gift, for 7 series fans.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Got my swipe down from anywhere on the home screen for notifications update today. Now to check and see, if I got iOS 11.0.1

4. hallihallo.87

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Breaking news. Now you can swipe on a iPhone :P Can you double tap to turn on/off screen ;)

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can you run 2 apps onscreen at once? Can you do screen off memo? Can you do themes? Can you...ohhh nevermind ;)

14. path45th

Posts: 404; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I'll complete it for you. Can you run AR apps?

15. Rocky1978

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Can you run "true" VR/VR apps? Drops mic....

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can you use the front and rear camera at the same time? Can you place a widget anywhere on the screen you want? We can do this all day. This is one you wont win.

6. Kakarot

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

Glad to see Samsung upping their game in terms of software these days. Back when i had S5 we just got bumped to newer android version and harldy any UX changes trickled down to the former flagship. It didn't get S6 touchwiz and theme engine with 5.0 and same with 6.0 update.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The S5 got a really heavy version of the S6 UI which was very annoying. My S5 ran better on the first 5.0 update it got than on any subsequent update. I'm glad to have the S8+

8. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

"However, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 come with different UIs, which are not available on the last year's flagships." Don't people insult Apples software support being a cheap trick since they leave out certain features on older phones? So what's this, a phone that's just 1 gen behind doesn't have all the bells and whistles in software compared to the latest models? Isn't that the same thing? And what about the S6 line? Oh yes, that's right, it's Samsung and not Apple, so any downfalls are validated as features and ignored in reality.

12. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

That's in no way the same thing. What apple is doing is restricting ancient features that's been available on Android devices for years or via an app on the app store, to just the latest iDevices. That's what they did with Siri on the 4s, Air Drop on the 5, App Shortcuts on the 6s, etc. Samsung on the other hand, simply made refinements to the UI, no major new software feature is being restricted to the latest devices.

13. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

At least Samsung isn't charging nearly a thousand dollars for a Note to not have a fingerprint scanner, they're not forcing you to use an unproven security measure, and at least has quick charging out of the box. Like I don't know most flagships have fast charging out of the box without additional purchases. The Note 8 has its issues but not one of them is MISSING FEATURES. If there are any, probably not that big of a deal as nobody seems to publish a bunch of articles beating it constantly.

9. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I just got an S7 Active.... It probably won't have it.

10. scarface21173

Posts: 689; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I'm very happy wth my s7 edge. This will be a welcome update.

17. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Noice!

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