The big difference between iOS and Android is when a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system arrives, it is pushed out to all compatible iPhones and iPads. When a new version of Google’s OS is released, there could be a considerable delay before it hits your Android phone, and — depending on the make, model and carrier — the chance that it might never do so.
If you have a Samsung phone and have been wondering when — or indeed if — you’re going to be getting an update to Android Nougat, the South Korean tech giant today details which devices will be getting the upgrade, and when.
The official Android 7.0 update rollout for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge started January 17. My colleague Mihaita Bamburic detailed his experience with Nougat on the Galaxy S7 edge, which you can read about here.
As for other devices, Samsung says Nougat will be arriving on the following:
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 edge
- Galaxy S6 edge Plus
- Galaxy Note5
- Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
- Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock)
- Galaxy A3
- Galaxy A8
It doesn’t say exactly when those devices will be getting the update, only that it will be “within the first half of this year.”
If you have one of the devices on the list, you should get Nougat before Google announces the next version of Android. It’s worth also repeating that it’s Android 7.0 which will be pushed out to devices. There’s no word on when an update to the current latest version — 7.1 — will arrive.