Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1 Update: 5 Things to Know

Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1 Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung’s Galaxy Android Nougat roll out has made substantial progress but one big question remains: Will Galaxy smartphones and tablets get updated to Android 7.1 Nougat before the arrival of Android 8.0?

The company’s Android Nougat update, based on Android 7.0, continues to hit Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy Tab models around the world. The software’s also hitting mid-range devices with more Galaxy Nougat updates planned for the summer.

While some Galaxy users have their sights set on Google’s upcoming Android 8.0 release, others are still curious about Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat update. And for good reason.

As we push into the year we continue to see hints popup. A benchmark here, a rumor there. Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything but it looks like at least one device could actually run Android 7.1 Nougat before Android O arrives for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

We continue to get questions from Galaxy users so today we want to roundup everything we currently know about Samsung’s plans for Android 7.1.

Galaxy Note 8 Android 7.1 Update

Let’s start with the Android 7.1 sightings.

Google’s now on Android 7.1.2 Nougat but we continue to see Samsung’s name attached to Android 7.1 Nougat, an older version of the operating system.

Most recently, the Android 7.1 update (Android 7.1.1) has shown up in a potential Samsung Galaxy Note 8 benchmark. Benchmarks can be faked but enthusiast blogs are touting this as the real deal.

The update also showed up in a credible report from Galaxy Club. The site claims Samsung will test the Galaxy Note 8 with Android 7.1.1 on board.

This doesn’t guarantee that Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be the software that powers the Galaxy Note 8 but it certainly doesn’t hurt the odds.

We haven’t seen any benchmarks or rumors point to a Galaxy Note 8 running Android O so a newer version of Android Nougat is the most likely scenario at this point.

Galaxy S8 Android 7.1 Update

It’s unclear if the Galaxy Note 8 would be the first to run Android 7.1 Nougat or if older devices will get the upgrade first. Rumors point to a possible release on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ down the road.

Earlier this year, SamMobile discovered that Samsung’s S Health and Game Tuner apps now support Android 7.1 Nougat, a sign that an update could potentially be on the way.

The report also pointed out something else of note, the fact that Samsung failed to include Google Daydream VR support with the Galaxy S8’s software. Daydream VR support first arrived in Google’s Android 7.1 update back in 2016. This is where things get interesting.

At Google I/O 2017 we learned that Samsung is planning to bring Google Daydream VR support to its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sometime this summer. The company didn’t confirm a specific release date.

Samsung could roll out support inside an updated version of Android 7.0 or, perhaps, it’s saving it for its upcoming Android 7.1 release.

Galaxy S7 Android 7.1 Nougat

There have been a few other Android 7.1 sightings as Samsung’s Android Nougat roll out drags on.

A Galaxy A3 (2016) benchmark shows Android 7.1.1 Nougat running on board. More recently, someone unearthed a benchmark showing a Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.1.1. Benchmarks can be faked but they’ve also proven accurate in the past.

And then there’s the Galaxy J3 2017 which is slated to arrive later this year.

A recent listing at the TENAA suggests the upcoming Galaxy J3 2017 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. A Wi-Fi certification from China supports this.

Why You Should Care

So why should you care if Samsung brings Android 7.1/Android 7.1.1/Android 7.1.2 to Galaxy smartphones and tablets? There are a few reasons:

  1. If you want Daydream VR support.
  2. If you’re dealing with bugs. Android 7.1.-Android 7.1.2 arrived with bug fixes for general Android problems. Nougat problems are plaguing many Galaxy users and carrier bug fix updates can be irregular and unhelpful.
  3. We could also see Samsung throw in some of the features Google released with Android 7.1.

If Samsung chooses not to deliver Android 7.1, it could mean a long wait for the next major update for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Google is currently in the process of testing Android 8.0, also known as Android O. The company plans to release it in the third quarter, probably alongside new Pixel smartphones. Of course, that doesn’t mean it will hit the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 in Q3. Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 users will be lucky to see it in Q4.

As far as we know, Samsung hasn’t started testing Android 8.0 on any of its Galaxy devices. Again, that includes the Galaxy Note 8.

Last year, Google released Android Nougat in August. Samsung’s first Android 7.0 Nougat updates started rolling out in early 2017 after a beta.

The next few months will be crucial. If the summer comes and goes without an Android 7.1 release for Galaxy devices, Android 8.0 is probably the next version in line.

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Install Nougat If You Want Better Security

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Install Nougat If You Want Better Security

Let's start with some basics.

If you value your security, and most of you probably do, you'll want to think about installing the Galaxy S7 Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device. 

Every month, Google and Samsung release important security patches for Android devices. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates should bring the latest security patches to your device.

Samsung's initial batch of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates delivered the company's January security update while upcoming updates will deliver newer security patches from Samsung and Google. You can read more about them over on Samsung's website

If you failed to download or receive an older security update (December, November, etc), the patches from those updates might be baked into your version of Nougat. If not, you might be forced to install them manually before you can download Nougat. 

On top of the patches, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Nougat update brings Samsung Pass, a way to secure your identity using biometric data rather than entering your password or ID. 

Samsung Pass is like a master key for your various logins and it relies on Galaxy S7's fingerprint scanner. The biometric data is encrypted and stored safely by Samsung Knox.

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Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1 Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.