Following several weeks of beta testing, Samsung has finally kicked off the official rollout of Android Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
The update, which began rolling out on January 17th, brings Samsung’s current flagship smartphones up to the latest version of Android, 7.1.1 Nougat. Along with the standard Nougat features, Samsung also includes a few of its own enhancements which they’ve detailed in a blog post.
First off, Samsung has cleaned up its “Quick Actions” menu to provide a better overall look which also shares more in common with Google’s version of Android as seen on Nexus/Pixel devices. Notifications also now support Direct Reply, something we’ve enjoyed using on other Nougat devices.
Multi-window also picks up an enhancement on the Galaxy S7. Just like standard Nougat, almost any app is supported, but on the S7, users can use the “pop-out” feature to run up to 5 apps at once. Performance mode is another new addition to Nougat on the S7, offering a few different modes that allow users to optimize the device’s performance and display quality to suit their needs best. By default, Performance Mode sets the resolution of the device to 1080p to keep things running fast as well as lengthening battery life.
Last, Samsung has added Samsung Pass, a sort of “master key” that allows users to log into apps and websites with their fingerprint. Soon, the feature will even include support for banking apps.
Galaxy S7 owners won’t be the only ones with this update though. Samsung has also confirmed that during the first half of 2017, it will release Nougat on the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A3, Galaxy A8, Galaxy Tab A w/ S-Pen, and Galaxy Tab S2.