The Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge will not be available globally during the first quarter of the year, latest information suggests. On Friday, one user took to XDA Developers forums to voice their displeasure about their latest interaction with Samsung Support in Singapore. User "liquidguru" contacted the South Korean phone maker to inquire about the availability of the Android Nougat update for their international variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge that was purchased in Singapore in 2016. A Samsung customer support representative called Theban told the user that the update will be available in their territory at some point between April and June of 2017. While the agent was referring to the Android Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 Edge, this timeline also likely applies to the Galaxy S7. This revelation seemingly confirms that the latest major iteration of Android won't roll out worldwide for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge by the end of the first quarter of this year.
The user mentioned above criticized this decision and also said that Samsung is generally slow to roll out security updates for their flagship device in Singapore, adding that the November Security Patch for the Galaxy S7 Edge was "only recently" released in the Asian country. It's worth noting that Samsung's agent didn't claim that the Android Nougat update will certainly be released for the international variant of the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge in Singapore during the second quarter of the year. Instead, the customer support representative said that Q2 2017 is the most accurate estimate they're currently able to provide, meaning that there's still a chance that the update will roll out globally by the end of March. The interaction that yielded this information can be seen below.
Some users may find this turn of events surprising seeing how Samsung already concluded the Android Nougat Galaxy Beta program in December and started rolling out the update in January. It remains to be seen how long will the Seoul-based phone maker take to finally update the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge with Nougat in all parts of the world, but as things stand right now, that probably won't happen before the Galaxy S8 hits the market.