Samsung has finally confirmed plans to bring Nougat, Google’s latest version of Android, to its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones. And if you’ve got one of the Korean company’s flagship phones, you’ll want to know what’s new and how to get hold of it.
Read on and we’ll answer all your burning questions about Samsung’s Android Nougat update.
How has Samsung made Android Nougat its own?
Samsung has put its own twist on Android Nougat, the new operating system that Google first introduced in the second half of 2016.
These tweaks include giving the slide-down Quick Panel function a cleaner look in line with its TouchWiz user interface, while notifications are now grouped to display information more clearly. Users can also directly reply to notifications rather than opening apps to tap out responses.
Are there any Samsung–only features on top of Google’s latest developments?
Yes. Samsung has included Samsung Pass as part of the Android Nougat rollout. Originally included in the discontinued Galaxy Note 7 last year, Samsung Pass works as a master key for logging into apps and websites when using the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s native web browser.
It utilises the devices’ fingerprint tech, meaning there’s no need to type in passwords when using compatible sites and services.
Has Samsung included Android Nougat’s split screen smarts?
It has. However, it’s taken things to another level by offering a new multi-window view. This allows users to see five open apps at the same time, on top of the two that can be seen in Google’s standard, split screen view.
Whether users want seven apps open at the same time is open to debate, but it at least shows Samsung is willing to take Google’s tech and run with it.
Does Android Nougat boost the Galaxy S7’s battery?
Android Nougat comes with its own battery-saving smarts, tucked away in the ‘Settings’ menu. But Samsung has taken this even further by offering a special optimised mode, which it says both extends battery life and enhances the phone’s speed.
This is part of a wider push to offer new modes, with one for entertainment that boosts sound and image quality and a game mode for ensuring perfect performance when using the Galaxy S7 as a handheld console.
Are other Samsung phones getting Android Nougat?
Yes. Samsung says that Android Nougat will hit the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8 within the first half of 2017.
In the meantime, Galaxy S7 owners are starting to see the option to download it now, although many users will see it appear in the coming days.