Samsung rolling out the official Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung rolling out the official Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
Stop the presses, Samsung is rolling out the official Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge days ahead of the rumored January 17th release date! Yep, beta users are starting to report that the update has popped up for them already, and is about 215 MB in size. 

Of course, that's because they are already running the beta, so regular folks will have a much larger update size to download and install. Moreover, it's not clear yet when non-beta users of the carrier versions will get the update, but Samsung is delivering the OTA update in January, as promised, so that's an encouraging sign.

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.


source: SamMobile

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11 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Changing resolution from 1440p to even 720p will not do much to save battery life. Tried and tested in real life.

2. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I can confirm that, tried it on my S7 and it had zero effect on the battery life. Oh and btw, I've received the update and I am already downloading it :D

3. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Nice! What carrier & were you already on beta? I assume so since you tried the different screen resolutions.

5. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I flashed beta when it was released, then signed up using Samsung's Galaxy Beta Program app. And now I installed the final update I just received through OTA.

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No, but i can See performance improvement,launching , switching between apps , games especially. Performance gain is definitely there coming from 1440p to 720p

11. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Just a placebo effect

6. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i have been using nougat for more than month now, changing resolution will not save much of a battery, but keep in mind edge 7 has best battery in its group.

7. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Why should I have to tinker with my display resolution to get good battery life out of my android? I should be getting that regardless and have a fast performance switching apps and etc. Maybe I should get an iPhone 7 Plus

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

You don't have to do anything, the difference to battery life will be negligible outside of gaming. The best reason for changing to 1080p would be to free up some memory which might make things a little bit smoother.

9. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Is it 7.0 or 7.1.1 like pixel?!

10. krlostoledo

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 12, 2017

I'm with T-Mobile but my S7 edge is unlocked from best buy. I'm downloading the update right now (1/12/2017). Is a 349.84Mb update, I didn't have any betta before. Feeling excited.

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