U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now getting Android 7.0 Nougat

Samsung’s U.S. unlocked models of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are getting a major software update today. It is, of course, the long-awaited jump to Android 7.0 Nougat that’s been on the carrier variants for months. Now owners of the U.S. unlocked models are finally experiencing the latest version of Android on their phones.

When they launched last summer, the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were a huge surprise. No one really expected Samsung to bring an unlocked flagship to country. But it happened. The 2016 flagship arrived and buyers thought they’d be getting software updates before those who bought through carriers. Samsung didn’t meet expectations, however. The variants for the four major U.S. carriers all received Nougat months ahead of the U.S. unlocked models. It caused an outrage, but today that same software update for Nougat is arriving on the carrier-free devices.

Multiple people on Reddit and Twitter are sharing screenshots of their phones getting Nougat.

This software update is all about Nougat, which Google released for Android devices last summer. And a boost to the April 2017 security patch level is included as well. Unfortunately, though, it’s not Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Samsung only gave the base version of Nougat.

Here’s the changelog:

– OS upgrade – Android 7.0 Nougat
– Provides new UX and various performance modes
– Improved usability of the Notification feature and Quick settings button
– Improved usability of the Multi window
– Improved setting menu and AOD feature, addition of the Samsung Pass feature

– Efficient space for installation of downloaded apps, improved speed of system upgrade and app installation

We compiled a list of every Android 7.0 Nougat feature that you can use to see everything your U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge can take advantage of.

Because it’s a 1.2GB file, we highly recommend you download and install this software update over a WiFi connection. The reason the file is so large is because Nougat’s not a minor upgrade for Android. It includes a bunch of heavy improvements.

Via: /r/Android (Reddit)


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