Android 7.0 Nougat News & Update: Google Devices Get First Dibs, But What About Samsung Phones?

By Marga Wilson , Updated Aug 24, 2016 12:45 PM EDT
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The Android 7.0 Nougat mobile operating system upgrade has long been in the beta phase, but Android users can finally rejoice as Google finally launched the newest mobile OS available. Unfortunately, not every Android device can get their hands on the Android 7.0 Nougat update instantly -- with Samsung users having to wait a few more months before getting a taste of some Nougat.

According to Digital Trends, several smartphones equipped with Android operating systems still have yet to receive the update. However, the Android 7.0 Nougat is expected to trickle down to other devices equipped with Android mobile OS in the coming months.

It's undeniable that Google's own Nexus devices are always the first to get the Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade, as was the trend in previous OS updates. The Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus Player, Google Pixel C and Android One (General Mobile 4G) should already have the Android 7.0 Nougat update available. Unfortunately, much older Google Nexus models, such as the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), won't be getting the Android 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung is expected to have a similar experience. With the surmounting amount of devices they have under their belt, Samsung won't be able to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to all of their devices. Digital Trends said that the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy Note7 and Galaxy J3 are the models that could expect an upgrade.

Samsung has long been known to release updates in an untimely manner. In fact, SamMobile expects that Samsung models could expect to get their Android 7.0 Nougat upgrades during the fourth quarter of the year, which means sometime between October and December.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 users need not worry though, as experts guarantee that the latest flagship phone will be the first Samsung device to get an Andoird 7.0 Nougat upgrade - within two months of the Android 7.0 Nougat roll out, per a separate Digital Trends report. That's not unexpected though, since the Galaxy Note7 is touted to be their best smartphone yet -- it only makes sense that the device would get first dibs on the Android 7.0 Nougat from the rest of its family.

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