Samsung has been rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in recent weeks, the product of its beta testing program that began in November 2016. While it’s always good to see a handset updating to the latest version of Android, it has been reported that the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 could have an adverse impact on battery life.
You read that correctly, the Nougat update could be adversely affecting battery life on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge by as much as 10%. This is according to PhoneArena, who ran the same battery tests before and after the Nougat update was installed. Test results showed that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge lost around 35 minutes worth of screen-on-time, a difference of 9.4% and 8.1% respectively after updating to Nougat.
One possible reason for the dip in battery life is that Nougat features a lot more white in its visuals, and AMOLED displays use more power displaying white pixels than they do when displaying dark pixels. If this is the case, it’s unclear whether it’s something that Samsung can fix with a firmware update.
If you’ve received the Nougat update on your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, how have you found it? Is standby usage the same or worse than it was before the update? As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Phone Arena