Since last month, IBTimes has been reporting about the release of Android 7.0 Nougat for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets. Today, there is now confirmation that the highly anticipated software update that would entail the jump from Marshmallow to Nougat is close to finally releasing. The new leak even suggests Nougat is rolling out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge predecessors possibly next week or by the end of this month.
Android 7.0 Nougat is already six months old, while the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are almost two years old. So it’s good to know that the two — devices counted as one — are meeting halfway this month of February. The rollout of the software update to the handsets does not come as a surprise however, given that the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge received the update a week ago.
In January, Samsung announced the list of its products that are getting the Android Nougat treatment. First on the list was the duo comprising the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Then, next came the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy Note 5. At the time, the South Korea giant did not give out a detailed timeline for the release of the update on the devices, so what fans simply held on to was the promise that Nougat is coming to the aforesaid devices during the first half of this year.
Fortunately, fans can now rejoice since the Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has already been confirmed. According to Neowin, Samsung’s Turkish vice president Tansu Yegen was the one to give this confirmation. Yegen apparently revealed via Twitter the schedule of the software update’s release to Samsung’s handsets.
Based on the graph Yegen provided, the S6 and the S6 Edge+, as well as the Galaxy Note 5, are getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update by the end of February’s third week. In addition, the Galaxy S6 Edge is reportedly receiving the Nougat treatment at the end of the fourth week, while the Galaxy S series and J series are getting their update in May and in June, respectively.
Also mentioned in Yegen’s post is the arrival of the update on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It is stated there that the two handsets will receive Nougat at the end of the second week of February. True enough, Samsung indeed began rolling out Nougat to the S7 and S7 Edge within the said time period.
Droid Report stated that with the Nougat update, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users will see a dramatic change on their smartphones. One of which is the improved battery life. The update is said to bring the option that would put apps to sleep to minimize battery wastage and increase battery life. A new home screen, transparent app folders, a different calendar interface and many other new features are expected to be part of the software update as well.