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Confirmed: Galaxy S7 will be updated to Android 7.1 Nougat in January

Published Dec 30th, 2016 7:42PM EST
Galaxy S7 Android Nougat Update

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If you’ve been wondering when the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will receive their Android 7.0 Nougat updates, then we finally have an answer for you: January 2017.

To be fair, Samsung opened an official Nougat beta program for the Galaxy S7 series a few weeks ago, which was a sign that an official release was just around the corner. But not all Galaxy S7 owners might be interested in running beta software that could include the occasional bug or performance issue.

Nougat beta testers received a notice from Samsung, SamMobile reports, that informs them the beta program will end on December 30th at 23:59. After that time, they will no longer be able to send feedback to Samsung via the Error report or Suggestion features of the Galaxy Members app. Instead, they’ll have to send feedback via community in the future.

galaxy-s7-android-nougat-update-january-2017Image source: SamMobile

“We would do our best to distribute the official version in January, as soon as possible,” Samsung wrote in the same notice.

Samsung can’t offer a firm rollout date as it’s not actually in charge of update releases. Carrier partners also have to test and green light the new software before it can be sent your way. Unfortunately, it also means that Galaxy S7 users in the US probably won’t be updated to Nougat until sometime after January.

You should know that Samsung will roll out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat version for the Galaxy S7 phones next month, which means you should be on par with Pixel and Nexus handsets when it comes to Android version.

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.

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