[Updated: Now Available Everywhere] Samsung Starts Nougat Rollout for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
[Update: Jan 19, 2017]:
Samsung has officially started the global Android 7.0 Nougat rollout for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones. Unlocked units in the US, UK, China, and all the other regions are starting to receive the Nougat OTA update.
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The path to Nougat update seems to be a rocky one. After the failed update process for HTC 10 in Europe, Samsung is also facing hurdles in rolling out the official update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in China. Today is the day when Samsung was supposed to push the official Android 7.0 OTA update globally, but in the first region (China) the process has been flocked with bugs. As a result, Samsung had to pause the rollout for some time. The company later replaced the official update with the new beta version.
As we reported earlier, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users who were a part of Samsung's beta program, received the update on January 10. It was then speculated that the non-beta users might get the official update today. However, when Samsung pushed the final update today, it turned out to be an imperfect one. The replacement of official update with beta indicates that the former was not ready for a final release. By pushing a new beta update, Samsung seems to be working on fixation of bugs on the official one.
UK Gets a Stable Update?
Meanwhile, a report by SamMobile mentions that users in the UK have started receiving the normal update. Below is the screenshot of the update with build number and changelog. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users in UK are not reporting any issue with the update, which is 1.2GB in size.
What about China?
The new beta update in China comes with a build number G9350ZCU2ZQA4 and is presently being rolled out to replace the official update that hit Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices in the region, earlier today. It could also mean that Samsung might take some more time before pushing the official OTA update for other regions. The Nougat update is touted to bring an array of features on Galaxy S7 phones such as performance improvement and enhanced power saving mode.
Samsung has not yet released an official statement about the issues that plagued the official build in China. Also, it remains unclear whether these issues are only affecting the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge units in China. Had it been the other way round, then we are pretty sure that users from UK would have taken to public forums for reporting the issue.
We will keep you in the loop for more news on the Nougat issue involving Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. In the meantime, you can share your views on the news in the comment section below.