Samsung has just officially announced that the Android 7.0 Nougat rollout has begun, and the company has also revealed which smartphones are expected to receive the update next. Samsung had started rolling out Android Nougat to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge quite recently, so the rollout part is not exactly anything new at this point (though Samsung now confirmed it, officially), but the list of devices that are expected to receive the update next, well, that part is brand new, read on.
In this blog post, Samsung details the Android 7.0 Nougat update (to an extent), and the company also confirms that the update will hit the following devices later this year, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8. Samsung did say that the update will arrive to the aforementioned devices in the first half of 2017, and we’re hoping that they won’t experience any delays in that regard. Now, as far as the last two devices are concerned, Samsung is probably referring to the 2016 Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8, just in case you were wondering. That is more or less all the info that Samsung shared (regarding further updates), this Korea-based tech giant did not give out any additional info in regards to the availability of the update, so all we know is that it’s supposed to arrive by the end of June.
Now, in their press release, Samsung also talks about several Android 7.0 Nougat features. First, they mention the ‘Quick Panel and Notifications’, along with an explanation. The Quick Panel features a cleaner look in Android 7.0 Nougat, mainly because the company removed titles from icons in the first depth, while the icons in the second depth are organized into groups of nine. Notifications are grouped together in Android 7.0 Nougat (stock), and you’ll find that this part is similar in Samsung’s variant of the update as well, while you’re also getting the ‘Direct Reply’ feature here. The Multi Window mode has been improved, and a new pop-up window function has also been added, and it supports up to five separate windows. The company also briefly touches on the Performance Mode in Android 7.0 Nougat which gives you more control over battery usage and performance. Samsung Pass is now supported by the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and it will probably be available in more devices as the company expands the availability of Android Nougat.