Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 finally receives Android Nougat

Following the recent update to Android Nougat for the carrier-less variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, the corresponding Galaxy S7 has also now been given its long-awaited Nougat status. Owners of the U.S. unlocked S7 (model number SM-G930U) are now beginning to receive the sickly-sweet treat over-the-air and if you've been among those waiting, you'll surely be relieved by this development

A year-old flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S7 really ought to have received its Android 7 Nougat update across the board by now, especially given that newest flavor of Google's firmware isn't actually all that new. Alas, Android update cycles are seldom straightforward, and what's particularly baffling about the S7's Nougat-fication is the fact that the main carrier models have beaten the unlocked U.S. model to the draw. The lack of carrier intervention with the unlocked handset should mean less red tape and thus, a quicker release to the end user. Whatever the reason behind the hold-up, though, we're just grateful to see that the OTA is finally here. 

The care package is around 1.2 GB in size, so you'll need to ensure you have a decent chunk of free storage before you proceed. You'll also want to hook your device up to a charger if your battery's low, and if you don't wish to gnaw through your cellular data, be sure to complete the process over a Wi-Fi connection. 

For those in the UK, Nougat is also said to be trickling out to the unlocked Galaxy S7 edge.

If you'd like a full run-through of what's inside Android Nougat, be sure to check out our review


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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



11. arif270191

Posts: 10; Member since: May 24, 2014

i got nougat update in my unlocked s7 in february!! how could they say it is rolling out now!!!

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

American people always get better deals compared to others when it comes to tech. But when it comes to Android updates, they're always behind. My exynos S7 got Nougat months ago. American carriers really suck. And this, whatever the reason even unlocked version is so late on getting updates.

9. Carlitos

Posts: 707; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Yea anyone that knows anything about the Galaxy's knows the international exynos version is significantly better than the US snapdragon variant. Yet they always pick the US snapdragon variant. I stopped making that mistake all together

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I'm personally not too concerned about slow firmware updates as long as the firmware's refinement makes the slow update worth waiting. Fast updates are good, as long as it doesn't bring my device to a crawl.

13. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Definitely. For my daily drivers the last thing I want is buggy firmware.

5. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Thats just ridiculous.

3. MKeditor

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

It's shameful that people who paid the highest price for unlocked phones were made to be last in line. I had an unlocked S7 Edge. I'll never buy an unlocked phone from Samsung again.

4. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

in US

12. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Exactly, I bought an international version with Exynos SOC, got the update in January something.

1. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

:))) great job ! For a company like oneplus you can assume they are doing the best they can , for a company like samsung you can know for a fact that they don't give a s**t!

2. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Agreed. Apparently, a rumor going around is that the carriers bullied them into signing a deal that doesn't let them update the unlocked ones before all major carriers have updated their own phones. That's just bloody stupid.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nothing impossible about that, considering the international version long ago received the update...

10. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

They shouldn't solve the problem of carriers getting the update late with giving the update to the unlocked version very late .

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