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 O later this year?

The company’s Android 7.0 Nougat update continues to hit Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy Tab models around the world. The software’s also now hitting mid-range Galaxy devices with even 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 Android 7.1 popup. A benchmark here, a rumor there. Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything and there’s a very good chance Samsung will move directly from Android 7.0 to Android O.

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 some 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.

The Galaxy Note 8 launches on August 23rd.

Galaxy S8 Android 7.1 Update

Earlier this year, SamMobile discovered that Samsung’s S Health and Game Tuner apps support Android 7.1 Nougat, a potential sign of things to come.

At Google I/O 2017 Google and Samsung confirmed plans to bring Google Daydream VR support to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ this summer.

Those updates are now starting to roll out though Galaxy S8 Daydream VR support updates in the United States are based on Android 7.0 and not Android 7.1.

Earlier this month, Vodafone Australia appeared to confirm Android 7.1 Nougat roll outs for its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The carrier said the updates would focus on improving stability and fixing bugs rather than adding new features.

Those updates are still coming to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ but it appears they’ll be based on Android 7.0 not Android 7.1. The carrier says it made a mistake and it has changed its Android update schedule accordingly.

Galaxy S7 Android 7.1 Update

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.

We’ve also seen alleged benchmarks suggest that Samsung is testing Android 7.1.1 on the unannounced Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).

Benchmarks can be faked but they’ve also proven accurate in the past.

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’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.
  2. We could also see Samsung throw in some of the features Google released with Android 7.1.

Samsung Galaxy Android O Update

Google is currently testing Android 8.0, also known as Android O. The company plans to release the new operating system in the third quarter.

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 if they 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 upcoming Galaxy Note 8.

Google released Android Nougat in August of 2016 and Samsung’s first Android 7.0 Nougat updates started rolling out in early 2017 after a beta.

The next few weeks will be crucial. If the summer months come and go without an Android 7.1 release for Galaxy devices, Android 8.0 (Android O) is probably the next version in line.

Stay tuned.

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Install Nougat If You Value Your Security

If you store sensitive information on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge you'll want to consider installing Nougat as soon after it arrives for your device. 

Google and Samsung release monthly security patches that deliver named, and unnamed, patches for potential exploits.

The Galaxy S6 Nougat update that's rolling out right now delivers Samsung's most recent security update.It includes patches from Google and Samsung itself.  You can read more about the contents over on Samsung's website

If you missed an older Samsung security update, like one from May or June, you'll get those patches as well. 

These important security patches are just a part of the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy S6 Active. 

If you're installing Android Nougat for the first time your Galaxy S6's update should also bring Samsung Pass, a service that serves as a master key to all of your various logins. 

Instead of relying on a password and ID to protect your identity, Samsung Pass uses the Galaxy S6's fingerprint scanner to keep your information safe. 

It's extremely easy to setup and it should be useful to anyone that values security. 

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