Android Nougat

Android Nougat

Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

Samsung has confirmed the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is due in January. The confirmation comes via the Beta notices in the Galaxy Beta Program, although there’s still an element of doubt to the deadline: “We will do our best to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible”.

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October 21, 2016

While this is clearly just Samsung hedging its bets in case something unforeseen comes up, “doing their best” and “as soon as possible” are not the kinds of phrasing you want to hear from your OEM when you’re waiting on a major new Android release. But as we can probably all agree, it’s much better to get a stable update than a patchy buggy one.

Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

That said, the Galaxy Beta Program has been very popular and that level of popularity means a lot of pre-release bugs will have already been identified long before the official rollout. The Galaxy Beta Program will be officially wrapped up at midnight tonight and while Samsung will stop monitoring the “error report” and “suggestion” channels of the beta program, it will still pay attention to the “community” feed.

Did you participate in the Galaxy Beta Program? Are you happy to wait a little longer to get a stable update?

Flashtool update includes Android 7.0 Nougat support

No one will blame you if you haven’t heard of Flashtool. This is because the software only supports Sony devices (Xperia Z10 to Xperia Z Ultra), and it is only relevant to tinkerers. The helpful tool can be used to unlock bootloaders and flash custom ROMs. It cool can be really easy and convenient, but until today it didn’t have support for Nougat, Android’s latest version.

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Android 7.0 Nougat review

October 21, 2016

Today Flashtool gets upgraded to version 0.9.23.0, which does include compatibility with Android Nougat. And while that is the most exciting improvement in this update, there are a few other things to enjoy. These include TA raw backup for devices exploitable by the dirtycow vulnerability, a more accurate USB log parse, a notice that will inform you whether you can use Flashtool Script and more. You can see the changelog here.

Ready to download? Just keep in mind tinkering with your smartphone’s software can harm your device and/or void your warranty. The team does mention C4, C5 and M5 devices could be bricked when using this tool. Just be careful and do your research before attempting anything. If this disclaimer doesn’t scare you, the download link is right below.

Download Flashtool

Fourth Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Nougat beta removes Samsung Notes

Samsung has released the fifth Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones to users who have signed up for its Galaxy Beta program in the US and the UK. This is technically the fourth major beta release (and is labelled as such in the ‘beta notices’ notification), with an earlier patch simply fixing a Facebook crash issue.

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The 280 MB update has a pretty small change log. The only major new update is that Samsung Notes has now been removed as a pre-installed app. Having said that, some people who have already downloaded the new beta have reported that Samsung Notes is still there after the update has been installed. So your mileage may vary.

Other than that, the change log states that other unnamed bugs have been fixed, and some stability improvements added. SamMobile also notes that the “About device” section of the phone no longer mentions Samsung Experience, which was the new name given to TouchWiz in the last Nougat beta update. It’s possible Samsung may be planning to make yet another name change in the future.

Despite Samsung stating the beta program would last until mid-December, this is not necessarily the last beta update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users. The company has already announced that when the final version rolls out, the Nougat version will jump to Android 7.1.1.

If you have installed the latest beta, let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge: Android update tracker [UPDATE: Vodafone AU testing Nougat]

Updated post (December 16, 2016) – Vodafone Australia has listed Android Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in its weekly software wrap-up. The post, published on December 15, lists Android Nougat as “testing in progress” for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, though it doesn’t offer an ETA for when it might officially roll out. Other software updates referenced in the wrap-up are listed as either “rolling out now” or “awaiting new software” following issues found during testing.

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update information.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tend to receive their updates simultaneously – or at least very close together. For this reason, they both appear here on this update page. Also, note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update

Samsung is yet to officially roll out the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge Android Nougat update but it is currently running beta progams to aid the software’s development. Samsung said these would run until mid-December, with the final Nougat build being deployed sometime later. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will skip Android 7.0 and be upgraded straight to Android 7.1.1.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Update US

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge updates - USAndroid 6.0.1Android 7.0Android 7.11
VerizonYesNoPlanned
AT&TYesNoPlanned
T-MobileYesNoPlanned
SprintYesNoPlanned

Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge: Android update tracker [UPDATE: Vodafone AU testing Nougat]

Verizon Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V) update:

  • September 1, 2016, improved voice calls, FM Radio, Barcode Beaming functionality and NextRadio app added.
  • May 9, 2016, DT Ignite added. Helps Verizon package and install apps on devices. Can’t be removed without root.

AT&T Galaxy S7 (SM-G930A) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A) update:

  • July 27, 2016, Wi-Fi calling arrives.
  • April 21, 2016, DTV Widget added, better Wi-Fi performance when using BTLE, home and volume key responsiveness improved, other performance enhancements arrive.

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T) update:

  • November 5, 2016, enabled 256/64 QAM, domestic data roaming improvements, system crash fix.
  • May 4, 2016, FM Radio, power and volume key fix, system improvements.

Sprint Galaxy S7 (SM-G930P) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • May 26, 2016, battery life improvements, Wi-Fi calling added.

International Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • December 16, 2016, Vodafone Austrailia lists the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in its weekly software update wrap-up. States “testing in progress”, but doesn’t provide an ETA.

If you’ve received an update we’ve missed, hit the comments below or Tip Us!

ZTE offers Nougat preview program for Axon 7 owners in the US

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Got a ZTE Axon 7? Live in the US? Fancy a bit of Nougat preview action? If your Axon 7 model number is A2017U then you’re eligible to apply for ZTE’s Nougat preview program for U.S. residents.

You’ll have to be a member of the Z-Community to apply, but signing up for that is a simple enough affair. Then just head to the link below, check the box at the bottom and fill in the application form. It’s unclear how fast you might receive access to the preview, but if you’re interested in giving it a shot, here’s the link.

APPLY FOR AXON 7 NOUGAT PREVIEW

The official Android Nougat update for the Axon 7 isn’t expected until some time in early 2017 (if you believe ZTE Germany, it’s scheduled for January). But the exact rollout date will likely depend on how smoothly the beta program goes and how many bugs need to be ironed out before going public.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

There’s an inverse relationship between OnePlus’ software and its reputation where updates are concerned. As clean and smooth as OxygenOS is, the company has historically struggled to get Android updates out in a timely fashion. That’s all set to change with the Nougat beta for the OnePus 3 though, which has arrived right on time and according to promises.

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The Android 7.0 Nougat beta is only available for the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T will begin sharing an update cycle when Nougat officially drops in December, but the beta is an original OnePlus 3 exclusive. (Note: OnePlus has now removed the download link for the Nougat beta.)

The first thing to note is that the Nougat beta on the OnePlus 3 is more like Marshmallow on the OnePlus 3T than it is like the OnePlus 3 community builds that have been floating around recently. So while the changes are quite noticeable on the OnePlus 3, it looks like you won’t see as much of a difference on the OnePlus 3T when Nougat arrives later this month.

Notifications and Quick Settings

First up: the notifications shade. We’ve now got a row of mini quick settings toggles readily available up top, above the full width notification cards. The toggles aren’t swipeable, but you can customize their order. Unfortunately we only get five rather than the six available in Android 7.1, but hopefully that’ll change with the next version update.

The Quick Settings area looks a lot like it does on the OnePlus 3T. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles fall into line with the other toggles and lose their mini-menu capabilities. The whole Quick Settings area no longer takes up the entire screen either but there are now multiple tabs so you can add as many shortcut as you wish.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

The brightness slider migrates south out of the way and the user shortcut changes sides because reasons. As before, you can edit the Quick Settings tile layout and any changes you make to the order will also be reflected in the mini toggles at the top of the notifications shade. The Quick Settings look a lot neater generally and there’s now a Data Saver toggle as well.

Recent apps and Split screen mode

Taking a look at the recent apps overview reveals cards that are much larger in Nougat than in Marshmallow and the three shortcuts along the bottom have been replaced by a single floating action button to Clear All.

Stock Android’s implementation of split screen mode is accessible via the app overview screen by dragging and app card to the top of the screen and selecting the secondary app from the bottom window. If you’re using on-screen navigation buttons you’ll also be able to launch split screen mode by long-pressing the recent apps button, but this functionality doesn’t work for capacitive buttons (yet).

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Quick app switching and Shelf

Quick app switching is also on board, allowing you to rapidly jump between your two most recent apps by double-tapping the recent apps button. There’s also plenty of other general Nougat additions like bundled notifications and Quick Reply, app locker for securing apps with a fingerprint, Data Saver, Doze Mode on the Go, notification priority and so on.

Shelf has been slightly redesigned and still lives on the left hand screen where Google Now used to live. It’s handy to have the ability to quickly take a note and see your Google Now cards, but OnePlus still hasn’t pushed Shelf to anywhere near essential status. Fortunately if you don’t use it it is easily disabled.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Customization and Settings

Long-pressing on the home screen brings up some new home screen management options. A new Settings icon has appeared, which takes you to a short menu with options for disabling Shelf, toggling two anywhere-on-the-homescreen gestures (swipe up for search and swipe down for notifications) and switching from the standard layout with an app drawer to one without. The customize menu now only shows the icon resizing tool with a couple of icon style options.

The Settings menu has received a bit of a visual makeover, taking its color scheme from the Google Pixel and rearranging some items. You’ll get Suggestions at the very top of the menu on occasion, just as in stock Nougat and other important information will be displayed here for example when you have Do Not Disturb enabled or are in Airplane Mode.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Summary information is visible in each Settings section, meaning you don’t have to access a menu to see what Wi-Fi network you’re connected to, your battery percentage or what Bluetooth devices are connected. A new sub-section called Custom appears right below Wireless & Networks, but basically contains stuff you’d already know: Alert Slider settings, Button options and shortcuts, gestures and status bar icon settings.

The Display menu has absorbed a couple of the Customization menu options from Marshmallow, being home to Night Mode (which is an awful shade of yellow) as well as Themes and Nougat’s stock DPI scaling feature which alleviates the bugginess of OnePlus’ resizing options on Marshmallow.

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Themes and more

The default theme is light with blue highlights and gray Quick Settings and menu headers. If you switch to the light or dark theme you’ll be able to choose your accent color from the familiar palette and your header areas and Quick Settings will either become white or black rather than gray. In the default theme you don’t have any other highlight color option than blue.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Sounds & Notifications have been split up, now getting their own dedicated sub-sections in the Settings and you’ll also have access to Nougat’s quick access Settings menu, so no matter how deep you are in sub-menus you can always quickly access the top level settings. Swiping out from the left seems to work consistently, but tapping the hamburger menu icon sometimes drags the pane out and other times goes full screen.

At the very bottom of the Settings menu you’ll see an Advanced section that contains Accessibility settings, a toggle for Pocket Mode, access to the user experience program and options for the Clear All button in the recent apps overview (clear the task list and cache or clear task list, cache and background processes). The software update screen has now added local upgrade and auto-download options too and there’s a new-look power off menu with no screenshot option.

Initial impressions

Despite being a beta release, the Nougat beta on the OnePlus 3 is remarkably stable, with only the occasional crash or stutter. With only a few weeks until the official Nougat update arrives, it’s probably not worth flashing on your daily driver unless you’re really keen to check it out (and OnePlus has now removed the download link), but it does bode very well for what’s about to come.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

There’s not much point discussing battery life, general performance or the touch latency issue because these will all be dealt with in the official Nougat release for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Speaking of the OnePlus 3T, if you do a fresh install of the Nougat beta on your OnePlus 3 you’ll also enable the F2FS file system the 3T introduced, which uses flash storage for faster load times.

After seeing some of weird and wonderful things floating around in the community builds for the OnePlus 3 I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the restraint shown in the Nougat beta. While some other changes might still arrive in the final firmware, what I’m seeing right now is very promising.

It may be a little early to say OnePlus has turned its software reputation around, but it did deliver the Nougat beta on schedule and has done a very good job of it. The additions made to stock Nougat are useful and well thought out, the entire interface is relatively clean and consistent (even if the location of a few settings is a little odd) and if OnePlus can start getting updates out on time, we’re in for an enjoyable 2017.

How do you like the Nougat beta? Any features you want that are currently missing?

Carl Pei on OnePlus 3/3T touch latency issues: “Nougat has higher priority”

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The OnePlus 3T and the recently discontinued OnePlus 3 are great, powerful devices. But as with all flagships, they are not without faults. Some users have recently been complaining about touch latency issues on their OnePlus 3/3T smartphone, both before and after the Oxygen OS update last week.

Touch latency, in case you didn’t know, is the delay between your input/touch and the response of the touchscreen. The average latency on high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 is around 50 ms. But on the latest OnePlus devices, the latency has been measured at almost double that of its competitors — 93 ms.

Chances are that in most scenarios you won’t be able to notice any latency issues. But the problem does become apparent when you have numerous rapid screen interactions like, for example, typing really fast or performing short scrolling gestures. Thankfully, it’s not caused by a hardware malfunction, which means that OnePlus will be able to fix it with a software update. Eventually.

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Carl Pei, one of the founders of OnePlus, has already addressed the issues via a tweet. He stated that the company is aware of the latency issue and will “look at it soon”. But for now, the Nougat update, which should hit the OnePlus 3/3T by the end of the year, is more important.

So, in case you have been experiencing any latency issues with your OnePlus device, you’ll have to wait for a little while before the company sorts it out.

If you have noticed any latency problems with your OnePlus device, do let us know in the comments below.

Android 7.1.1 release with December security patch due December 6

According to one of Australia’s largest cellular carriers, the public release of Android 7.1.1 is due out starting December 6. Vodafone Australia has released details of the OTA, scheduled to begin rolling out at 5:00 PM AEST on December 6, which will include the December 5 security patch from Google.

The Android 7.1.1 update will begin rolling out for Nexus devices at that time. According to Vodafone’s release notes, only 10,000 phones will receive the update in the first three days as it is trickled out. Starting from the fourth day, another 10% of “the remaining pool” will be selected per day to receive the update, with all devices being eligible after day 14.

If you want to take a deeper look at what you can expect from the new Android 7.1 features, check out our Nougat review which covers the recent developer previews, the last of which only rolled out last week. As with the first official Marshmallow build, we don’t expect there to be anything really different from what you will have found in the final developer preview.

If you want to know when your phone is likely to receive Android 7.0 or 7.1, hit our Android Nougat update tracker to see when you can expect Nougat to land for your device.

Do you like what Google is doing in Nougat? What was your favorite Android version?

Samsung’s third Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge now rolling out

A few weeks ago, Samsung announced its Galaxy Beta program in the US and the UK, which enables a few Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to try out an early version of Android Nougat on their devices and provide feedback on the experience.

By the looks of it, Samsung has really been paying attention to all the feedback it received. The tech giant has recently released a new Nougat update — the third so far — that brings a few nifty little features to its flagship devices.

The new update allows you to change the layout of the Quick Settings panel toggles, as you’re able to select between three different grid layouts — 3×3, 4×3, and 5×3. You can also choose to place the Brightness slider above the toggles for easy access or “hide” it in the expanded notification view. For some strange reason, Samsung has removed the Edge feed panel, but will probably bring back an improved version of it with the next update.

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Samsung has also made a few other small usability improvements — lock screen, multi-window, notifications etc — and fixed a few bugs in the process. However, the update is not without its faults. According to Samsung, some users may experience a problem with the screen. After you wake up the device, the screen won’t light up immediately (sound familiar?), which may pose a real problem for some.

The update is currently being rolled out to users in the UK, but we assume that it will soon be available on Galaxy S7/S7 Edge devices across the pond as well. If you get your hands on it, do let us know your first impressions in the comments below.

Android Nougat update for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Tab S2 is coming

The Pixel and Pixel XL were the first smartphones on the market with the latest and greatest Android 7.0 Nougat. Meanwhile, other manufacturers are hard at work trying to update their devices to the latest version of Google’s OS as fast as possible.

According to a Sam Mobile, Samsung has already started developing the Android Nougat update for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. As always, the company hasn’t revealed a specific date as to when it will be rolling it out to users across the world. Our best guess is that Samsung will need a few months to prepare a stable version of the update, which means that it probably won’t be available this year.

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Samsung rolls out second Android 7.0 Nougat build in Europe

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Samsung knows how important software updates are for most users. In addition to working on the Note 5 and Tab S2 update, the company has also recently announced the Android 7.0 Nougat Beta program in the US as well as in the UK, which gives a select few Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users a chance to experience an early version of its upcoming software.

Do you own a Galaxy Note 5 or a Tab S2? Are you excited to hear that an update is heading your way?