5 Things to Know About the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat Release
The Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat updates are rolling out to select models and they’re poised to hit more devices in the near future, provided everything goes well in testing behind the scenes.
The company is starting with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, its two flagships, but Nougat will hit plenty of other Galaxy smartphones and tablets including the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat release is confirmed but it hasn’t rolled out to any devices just yet. That should change soon.
With a Galaxy S6 Nougat release getting closer, we want to take an early look at the most important things owners should know about Samsung’s plans. We’ve already taken a broad look at the release but this goes a little deeper.
For more on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update itself, please take a look at our Galaxy Android Nougat update roundup.
Marshmallow Before Nougat
Your next Android update might not be Nougat.
Believe it or not, Samsung is still rolling out Marshmallow builds to the Galaxy S6 and many of you will probably get a new Marshmallow update before you get Nougat.
Samsung is currently rolling out Marshmallow bug fix updates and security patches to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
T-Mobile recently pushed security patches to both models and the OTA should be picking up the pace as we push deeper into the month.
We expect the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow roll out to continue even as the device starts making the transition to Android 7.0 Nougat.
You Should Start Preparing for Nougat
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat release is still missing in action but you shouldn’t be sitting on your hands. Now is a great time to get in some early prep work so that you’re ready to roll once your update arrives.
Samsung and its carrier partners will test the Galaxy S6 Nougat update for problems. They will squash a ton of bugs but we expect problems to slip through the cracks. They always do.
It’s difficult to predict what you might run into after you download
and install Nougat on your Galaxy S6 and this is why we recommend doing some work before you install.
We recently put together a guide that takes you through our pre-installation process. It’s worth a look, especially if you’re new to Android.
Updates for older devices like the Galaxy S6 can be problematic so the more prepared you are the better off you’ll be. It’s never too early to start.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Android Nougat Release Date
Samsung hasn’t announced a specific Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 release date but we do have a release window to share with you.
In an announcement, Samsung confirmed plans to release Nougat for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sometime in the first half of the year. In other words, you can expect the roll out for both devices to start up sometime before the end of June.
A release for the Galaxy S6 might not be imminent but we do know that the company is making progress behind the scenes.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update surfaced in a GFXBench benchmark and it also received its Wi-Fi certification. Signs of progress.
Carriers Silent About Nougat
While carriers are starting to talk about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat release, they aren’t talking about the Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 update’s release.
Vocal carriers like Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, T-Mobile, and Telus all remain silent about their plans for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
This means that the Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 release is probably several weeks away (at the very least) for those carriers.
We expect these carriers, and others, to get their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat releases out before they focus on their Galaxy S6 updates.
Galaxy S6 Edge+ Android Nougat Release
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ you will also get the bump up to Android Nougat at some point down the road.
Samsung’s confirmed the Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat release for the first half of 2017 though it stands without a specific date.
It has also shown up in benchmarks, a sign that it’s currently in development in Samsung’s labs behind the scenes.
In the United States, T-Mobile’s confirmed plans to release Nougat for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ though the update remains the “Manufacturer Development” phase.
Its release, like the others, is probably weeks away at best.
3 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy S7 Nougat & 5 Reasons You Should
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Let’s start with some basics.
If you value your security, and most of you probably do, you’ll want to think about installing the Galaxy S7 Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device.
Every month, Google and Samsung release important security patches for Android devices. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates should bring the latest security patches to your device.
Samsung’s initial batch of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates delivered the company’s January security update while upcoming updates could deliver the patches from the February security update. You can read more about their contents on Samsung’s website.
If you failed to download
or receive Samsung’s an older security update (December, November, etc), the patches from those updates should be baked into your version of Nougat.
On top of the patches, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Nougat update brings Samsung Pass, a way to secure your identity using biometric data rather than entering your password or ID.
Samsung Pass is like a master key for your various logins and it relies on Galaxy S7’s fingerprint scanner. The biometric data is encrypted and stored safely by Samsung Knox.
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