The Android 7.0 Nougat update for S7 and S7 edge brings new modes and new visuals, check it out

Samsung released a restricted beta of the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge the other day, available to those who get approved through the Galaxy Beta Program app. The pre-release version is available in the US, UK, Korea and later in China, with the usual warnings that this is still not a finalized release, and bugs or freezes are often possible.

With that warning out of the way, what can you expect from Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in terms of visual and functional enhancements? Samsung promised that it will bring some of the features that were available on Grace UX of the Galaxy Note 7, like fresh Always-on Display options, performance and battery saving modes, and it seemingly delivers. Check out what changes you might expect once the Android 7.0 Nougat update hits your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge:

Always-on display

Samsung already sent a small update for the Always-on display on the S7 and S7 edge, bringing over a lot of what the Note 7's Grace UX had to offer, and this is now baked into the Nougat update as well - a bunch of new clock faces, basic info and notification setup variations to choose from.

Colorful background during calls and transparent folders

Samsung put some efforts into the aesthetics of its UX with Nougat - the app folder content list is with a transparent background, not the annoying greyish one we currently have. Also, something puts some diffused color in the background during calls, corresponding to your calling party's profile.

New settings and notification bar iconography and layout, blue light filter baked in

Besides the clean Grace UX-style settings list, and the new notification shade iconography and layout, the Nougat update will bring the Note 7's blue light filter toggle for those late night reading sessions.

New power saving modes, performance optimizer and screen resolution change slider

The Note 7 introduced several new power saving and performance modes, which include lowering the screen resolution from Quad HD to 1080p and even 720p. Those modes are scaling are now present as standalone options in the Nougat update for the S7 and S7 edge as well.

Cleaner, gesture-based camera app

Swipe left or right for shooting modes and filters, up or down for switching between front and rear cameras - the camera app has been greatly redesigned for simplicity and ease of use.

There are plenty of other novelties to go around with what looks like a melange of the now-defunct Grace UX from the Note 7 and Samsung's so-called new Nougat UX, and the brave new font called SamsungOne is omnipresent. Overall, the infamous TouchWiz seems left in history, replaced with a cleaner, simpler, and a bit more aesthetically pleasing interface that is reportedly smoother as well, check out some screenshots below to gauge what will be hitting your S7 or S7 edge pretty soon.

screenshots: SamMobile

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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 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I ve been running the leaked version for more than 24 hrs now and I am extremely pleased with it so far. It is super smooth, no issues what so ever, and I love how I can change the screen resolution without having to enable the power saving mode. Now I am just waiting for the themes to get the Nougat compatibility.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

"I love how I can change the screen resolution without having to enable the power saving mode" It's just semantics. It does the same thing you could do with the note 7, just under a more appropriate name. Regarding resolution, does 1080p look bad on a 1440p screen due to improper scaling, or does the diamond penTile adjust well to that? I'm curious since you will lose nothing on the red and blue channels.

4. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No it's not, I had the Note 7, and you could only down scale it if you turned on the power saving mode, which means you will lose the haptic feedback and the AOD. Here it is different, they have put this option under the display settings. And no, FHD looks great, I didn't find that huge of a difference between it and QHD.

6. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Oh, I thought you could have all the regular features and still have less resolution on Note 7. My bad. That's what I thought. Due to penTile, when you switch from QHD to FHD, you roughly get 1080p RGB display, which should have only slightly less resolution than QHD penTile. I would say it makes a lot more sense to put it on 1080p since you are saving processor load, smoothing out animations and not losing much sharpness.

8. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

True, that's why I have it set on FHD. I just hope that the final version will have the quick toggles window found in the Note 7.

12. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

By chance is the video enhancer mode available on the s7 edge now?

13. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have the regular S7, but I am 100% sure they share the same software, and yes, video enhancer has made it to the S7 and it works just as good as on the Note 7, if not better. Because one con I found in it on the Note 7, was that it will bump up the brightness even when I am watching a video in a dark room, now it is fixed.

2. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Except the notification shade, I'm liking the interface. In the notification shade the icons are way too big and the color scheme looks out of shape. But I guess you can fix that with a theme.

5. turtle1992

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Does AOD now support notifications from third party apps?

7. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yes, and you can interact with them by simply double clicking on the icon, it mostly come in handy when controlling your music.

9. turtle1992

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

That is greaz thanks :D

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"bugs and freezes are always possible" here I corrected that for you. It is a signature of Samsung.

14. mthaX

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 22, 2016


15. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Any word yet that this will be out for the Note 5?

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