Android 7.0 Nougat News & Update: Samsung Galaxy S7, Note 7 To Finally Get Update By January 2017?

By Joe Marsalis , Updated Oct 30, 2016 08:43 PM EDT

Google puts out a new version of Android every year, and this year's Android version, 7.0 Nougat has proven to be a must-get update. However, outside of first-party Google phones and a select few third-party models, it does take forever to get the new OS for the more popular units. This is especially because big manufacturers like Samsung wants to come out with their own versions.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is arguably the most popular Android phone in the world right now, and it's still waiting for its Android 7.0 Nougat update. The company has traditionally updates its OS at a slow rate, but the recent controversies involving the Galaxy Note 7 suddenly catching fire has put a damper on Samsung's other plans as they have to focus on crisis management. They're still working on the update as they should be. Android Authority predicts that given their previous timeframes, it should take Samsung around five months before the OS's release to create their TouchWiz version. That should make the target date either January or February 2017.

However, it's still unsure as to whether Samsung is actually working on it, given the Note 7 crisis happening right now. The worst-case scenario is that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and/or Note 8 will come out in the second quarter of 2017 with Android 7.0 Nougat already built in, and the Galaxy S7 and Note 7 will get a delayed patch. It's even likely that the 8 series might be running Android 7.1.

Google Nexus and Google Pixel devices already have Android 7.0 Nougat as of August. The OS brings quick toggle, better notifications, a more sensible Doze Mode, more language options, and a bigger range of emojis. Stay tuned to GamenGuide to make sure you get the news about Android 7.0 Nougat coming to Samsung Galaxy S7 and Note 7 first.

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