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Galaxy Note 5’s Android 7.0 Nougat update may be closer than we think

Published Dec 2nd, 2016 6:50AM EST
Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 Nougat
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Samsung kicked off an official Android 7.0 Nougat beta program for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but these aren’t the only Android handsets that will be updated to Google’s latest mobile operating system. A new discovery on benchmark site GFXBench indicates that the Galaxy Note 5 may soon receive its own Nougat update.

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A Galaxy Note 7 running Android 7.0 was found on GFXBench. SamMobile says that Samsung is probably in the final stages of testing Nougat for its 2015 phablet. Apparently, Samsung’s phones are benchmarked running a new version of Android right before a roll out.

A week ago, a Galaxy S6 running a build of Nougat was seen on the same benchmarking site.

That said, there’s no telling when Samsung will roll out Android Nougat to the Galaxy Note 5. Historically, Samsung hasn’t been able to provide timely Android updates to its handsets.

However, given that the Galaxy Note 7 is no longer on sale, Samsung may be interested in making the Galaxy Note 5 more appealing to existing users, and new buyers. Recently, we learned that Samsung is working on bringing the Galaxy Note 7’s Grace UX to the Galaxy Note 5.

If you’re looking to get a taste of what Nougat will look on the Galaxy Note 5, then all you have to do is check out screenshots from the Galaxy S7’s Nougat build, which is already available to users.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.