More evidence has surfaced supporting an Android Nougat update for Samsung’s mid-range premium devices. In particular, the Samsung Galaxy A5 will update to Android Nougat in late January, the Australian carrier Optus confirmed on its software support website.
Details follow reports from SamMobile that the Korean manufacturer plans to update its entire Galaxy A series line to Android Nougat. What is interesting is the device in question is the original Galaxy A5, which released in 2014. Users expected the device would not update again after receiving Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow in August. However, support from the Australian carrier raises hope that other markets will also update the two-year-old smartphone.
Samsung released an updated Galaxy A5 model in 2015, which is also expected to update to Android 7.0 Nougat. However, no specific details about that device have surfaced.
Also included on Optus’ update list is the original model Galaxy A3; however, that smartphone has not yet been assigned an update timeline.
Optus has update details for several other Samsung devices, including the Android December security update for the Galaxy Note 5 and a VoLTE Software upgrade for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. These updates are all scheduled for the end of December. However, there are no further details for Android Nougat updates on newer Samsung devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are currently being beta tested for a Android Nougat release. The official roll out is expected between late December and January. Few carriers have revealed details, except Verizon and Australian carrier Vodafone, which will both update their models in January.