Samsung has confirmed that it is now rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets after several weeks of testing. The move follows a beta program that was launched back in November last year on a first-come-first-serve basis, meaning places were snapped up quickly.
The worldwide rollout actually started on January 17, according to the Korean company. Users with unlocked devices in the US, UK, China, and other regions are reporting the over-the-air update arriving on their devices.
It’s not just Samsung’s flagship phones that are receiving Nougat. It will also be arriving on the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, Note 5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Tab S2 (LTE Unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8 during the first half of this year. But no mention of the Galaxy A5, strangely.
As noted by The Verge, users with handsets locked to carriers such as AT&T and Verizon will have to wait until their carrier approves the update before receiving it.
In addition to the visual revamp, Nougat introduces a number of other UI changes and new features. Tiles have been removed from the icons found in the quick panel to give them a cleaner look, while notifications are now grouped and support Direct Reply.
Split screen mode also gets an improved controller that allows for more easy adjustments, and a new pop-up function supports up to five separate windows in addition to the two in split-screen view, meaning you access up to seven apps at the same time.
Additionally, there are four new Performance modes that can optimize a handset for the perfect balance of screen resolution and battery life. The feature also includes Entertainment, Gaming, and High Performace modes, which automatically improve video, sound, and display settings.
The new "Device Maintenance" section, meanwhile, assigns a performance rating out of 100 to your device, and lets you access storage, RAM, battery, mode, and security settings.
You can read more about Nougat’s features in Samsung’s press release.