While Android 7.0 Nougat is about six months old, there is still a race to get it installed on existing smartphones, especially the high-end models such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. We are happy to report that unlocked models, the Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935F), are finally receiving their updates in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. The rather significant update of almost 1.3GB will not only share the goodness that is Nougat with your device but also fixes some earlier bugs. Like all operating system upgrades, it is rolling out, so everybody will not get the update at the same time, but you can always try and grab the over-the-air (OTA) update by heading to Settings-->About Device-->Download Updates Manually. The upgrade was made available to the carriers a couple of weeks ago - some distributed it earlier while other carriers are just starting their distribution. The US received their upgrade almost two months ago, but other parts of the world are just enjoying their Nougat.
This latest upgrade is much more than just another tasty name. While it gives us many visible and functional improvements that we will recognize right away as a user, it also does a plethora of upgrades behind the scenes that will make using the new OS more pleasurable. Just-in-Time (JIT) improves the performance of your apps and reduces the amount of storage each app needs, helping run Android Nougat on low RAM devices. Vulkan API will make your graphic intense games come to life with motion blur, heightened reflections, and life-like water effects. Android Nougat also introduces Project Svelte that helps optimize the way apps run in the background saving memory and battery life.
Another great feature is the improvement of Doze, first introduced on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Rather than waiting for minutes before kicking in, as soon as your device goes into a state of rest, Doze will kick in and help preserve battery life by turning off unnecessary functions. Those functions will begin as soon as you awaken your device and you have the power to dictate which apps ‘Doze’ and which will not. You can turn on Data Saver, so apps will only update whenever you are connected to Wi-Fi, helping you to save on your data usage each month. Nougat finally gives us a version of Samsung’s great Multi-Window, allowing us to run two apps side-by-side in a Split-Screen view. What is nice is if you have a video running in one window, it will continue to run when you switch to the other window and start working there. Quick Switch allows you to quickly jump from one app to another by double tapping the app switcher. The updated Notifications area is a pure joy, and you can even customize the drop down panel. There are so many things to look forward to in Android 7.0, and we have only scratched the surface.