There is a chance that the Galaxy Note 7 may come with Android 7 Nougat

As you most probably know, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is about to be announced in just 2 weeks, on the 2nd of August. Now, for the past months, as usual, we were getting a lot of leaks, rumors, and speculations about the device. Most of them, such as the iris scanner lock, or the curvy edge screen, seem to have a pretty solid chance to be true, as they have been reaffirmed time and time again by leaked photos and documents. However, there has been one rumor that we discarded as “not likely” early on.

It was a couple of times that we heard leaksters claim the Note 7 would launch with Android 7 right out of the box. However, seeing as Samsung's phablet will be released some time in August, probably no later than 2 weeks after the phone's unveiling, we didn't see this as a plausible rumor. Major Android updates in the past years were launched around October-November time, so the timeframe didn't make sense.

However, with the latest post in the Android Developers blog, Google confirmed that a “consumer release” of Android 7 Nougat will be coming by the end of Summer, not in Autumn.

Could this mean that the Note 7 with Android N rumors were true?

Well, some may be skeptical that Google would allow for a major Android build to be launched on another party's smartphone before releasing a modern Nexus flagship with the new operating system first. However, while there have been a couple of Nexus rumors thus far, there is absolutely nothing solid out there to suggest that the 2016 Google flagship(s) would be ready before Fall.

So, if Google remains true to its word, it may very well make Android 7 available before launching a new Nexus to back it up. Of course, there will definitely be a timely update for existing Nexus devices, but the point is — due to the open nature of Android, manufacturers will have access to the new build, and will have full right to launch a device with Nougat out of the box, before Google does.

The timeline could actually fit

Looking back at Android N Developer Preview releases so far, there has been a new build about once per month. If the trend continues, and there is no reason for us to believe that it wouldn't, the earliest we should expect Android 7 Nougat to be released is about a month after Developer Preview 5 was launched — and that was yesterday. So, no earlier than mid-August.

Now, let's look at Samsung. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were announced on the 21st of February and the pre-order stage was launched immediately. The first smartphones were shipped a week later, around the 28th of February, and the models were physically up for sale on the 18th of March — a little more than 2 weeks after the announcement date. So, making an assumption that the Note 7 could start shipping around 2 weeks after its unveiling is not outlandish.

So, let's put 2 and 2 together. Assuming both speculations above turn out to be on point, it seems that both Android 7 Nougat and Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 could both be launching around mid-August.

It would require Samsung and Google to be working closely together

Since Android N is still under development, it's safe to assume that Samsung wouldn't be able to work on a stable TouchWiz builds on top of Developer Previews alone. Not by itself, at least. If there is any truth to the Galaxy Note 7 with Android 7 out-of-the-box rumor, this would mean that Google and Samsung would have had to work closely together in the past months to ensure a stable operating system is ready in time.

Funnily enough, we've been hearing that Samsung and Google are working together on TouchWiz builds since November of last year!

Bottom line

Provided a couple of leaps of faith need to be taken, and a couple of speculations need to align perfectly, there's still enough evidence out there to give credibility to the rumors that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 could launch with Android 7 Nougat this year. In fact, seeing how obsessed Samsung has been with the number 7 (the 2016 Note was supposed to be the Note 6), it seems even more credible. Now, we just have to wait a few weeks and see how much of this speculation was on point!

Related phones

Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

its a small chance but since the news in the beginning of the year that Samsung and google are working together to optimize software .. it could happen

16. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

There is no fackin way that Note 7 will launch with Android 7.0 out of the box

2. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

If this is true and Samsung actually starts releasing faster updates and has actually made Samsung's UI even faster, Apple's fate is looking dark.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Why would Apple's faith look dark? TouchWiz isn't iOS. They both function differently, with different ecosystems, If I'm invested into iOS, TouchWiz or Android won't influence me, and vice versa. You could instead say, if TouchWiz becomes faster, then the future of other Android OEMs' devices looks dark. But understand that "faster" doesn't always mean "better".

13. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

man, APPLE PRO as company is not IT company its recycling company/ marketing company. they still selling old screens half day battery for premium price.

26. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Old screens? You're talking about the resolution right? Apples screen tech is not old.

17. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I would say that more or less the post made by "trojan_horse" made more sense than yours. But the main reason why you got higher likes(including mine :D) is due to the concluding part of your statement which said "Apple's fate is looking dark" Oh, I love it!

3. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Note 7 with Nougat , that would be sweeet ! It should come with Android Nougat in it , as the Note series has come with The New and latest build of Android as seen n in the past with Note 2

5. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Retina scanner ???? It should say iris scanner ...

6. paul.k

Posts: 302; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Correct. Thank you

7. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

The Note 7 could come with the most current android OS. SMDH, that is so cute, all the Samsung fans giddy with anticipation of having the MOST CURRENT OS IN THEIR NEW PHONE!!! That's something iPhone users don't even think about, because we always have the most current OS. Then again, Samsung doesn't even have their own OS, so....

8. paul.k

Posts: 302; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Technically, it's not current and may or may not be at the time of the Note 7's release.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Besides, having the latest Android OS is relevant if it's about Nexus devices. Other Android OEMs' devices are relevant by the latest version of their respective UIs. Note7 will feature the latest TouchWiz, and that's what matters!

23. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Paul, instead of engaging with the troll, why not simply drop a one-week ban on him?

9. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

'Samsung doesn't even have their own OS' may not be the greatest, most popular OS, but they do in fact have their own called Tizen. Way to make yourself look like a typical ignorant iTroll.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because he's typically ignorant, as per his own comment. Samsung also has Bada OS (but discontinues), found in the Wave series. I had a Samsung Wave 3!

18. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

So Tizen will be on the Note 7? Tizen is on the S7, right?? Or the S6, S5, Note 5?? Please tell which Samsung phone uses Samsungs own OS.

20. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

They may not use it on their flagship phones, but their Z line of devices uses it. Just accept the fact that you were wrong and move along.

15. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yet, iPhone users have to wait years for features that Samsung fans have already had for years. Sorry.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We're also getting because it'll be the best phone on the market, just like the Note 5 was until it dethroned it.

12. chenski

Posts: 779; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I don't see that happening...

14. 87thobee

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Yeah.... don't get our hopes up. There is a very minute chance of that happening.

19. Fellwalker

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

If they don't release a flat version, that you can write on the whole screen of, does anyone really care?

24. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, we do.

21. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Samsung has never launched a device with the most current version of Android. The Note 7 would be a great way for them to set a new precedent for themselves, but I don't think they'll do that for fear that they may not be able to deliver the same way next year or after. This would be a chance for them to change the narrative about their inability to pump updates out to their devices.

25. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I remember it was a rumor, before GS7 was introduced, that Google is working very closely with Samsung to make touchwiz run much more smoothly. I could imagine that all that has been about Note 7, because many of new features in Android N are borrowed from Samsung Touchwiz. I could imagine that Note 7 comes with Android 7, which is the Android N.

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