While Samsung is beta testing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge for Android Nougat, mobile carriers are also preparing their models for the Google update. Australian carrier, Vodafone, shared on a software update support page details of the devices currently being tested for Android Nougat.
An official rollout is expected between mid-December and early 2017, but the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are still in the beta testing phase at this point, with no word from Samsung. The manufacturer did recently announce the smartphones will receive the most recent Android 7.1.1 Nougat software when it does publicly update. Samsung will also include its new Samsung Experience interface in the update.
Verizon confirmed it will update the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to Android Nougat in early 2017. However, no other U.S. mobile carriers have detailed plans for their Nougat rollouts. Often Verizon tends to be one of the last U.S. carriers to send Android software to its devices.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat brings such features as App shortcuts, circular app icons and updates to the Google keyboard, among others. The update will also include Google’s December 2016 security patch.
Sony has stated intentions to have its Xperia line be the first non-Google smartphones to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat.