Samsung has had a sketchy history with software updates. While its phones get the updates eventually, there’s usually a big gap compared to other OEMs. The same can be said about the company’s plans to send out the Android 7.1 Nougat update. While it’s commendable that the company has leapfrogged Android 7.0 to plan this new update, there has been significant delay in sending it out to the customers.
The company has now mentioned that it will update two of its flagship handsets from last year, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge, later this month. The precise release timeline isn’t available as of yet, but one can assume that the updates will start seeding to the devices by mid-January at best.
Samsung has vigorously tested out the update through its Galaxy Beta program wherein a handful of Samsung fans get the chance to test out pre-release software before it’s sent out to the masses. This has been instrumental in finding out initial bugs or glitches involved with the update. The Galaxy Beta program has already come to a close on the 30th of December, which is indicative of the fact that a full release isn’t far away.
Following these two handsets, we expect Samsung to send out the update to other Galaxy phones and even tablets in the months to come.