Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get Android 7.0 Nougat on US Cellular

US Cellular, the fifth largest wireless carrier in the US, is finally starting to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the owners of its Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones. It comes well over a month after the top four US carriers started rolling out the same update to their versions of the same phones.

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According to SamMobile, the file size for the US Cellular Nougat update on its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices is 1,512.39 MB, so you will definitely need to download the file with a Wi-Fi connection. As with the Nougat updates on the other carriers, the ones from US Cellular will add a number of features like multi-window support, better battery life with an improved Doze mode, a new Performance Mode and much more. You can check out our extensive look at Nougat on the Galaxy S7 Edge for a lot more information.

Keep in mind that even though the update started rolling out today, it could take several days for the download file to appear on your device. If you are a US Cellular customer with the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, make sure that you refresh the software update page in the phone’s settings to see if it’s available to download. By the way, we are still waiting for Samsung to roll out the same Nougat update for the unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the US, although it did release the March 2017 security updates for those phones a few weeks ago.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get April security update in Europe

Samsung has started rolling out an update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in Europe. It doesn’t bring any new features to the smartphones but does take care of quite a few bugs. It has the April security patch on board that fixes 49 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in Android in addition to 16 safety issues found in Samsung’s own software.

Updates like these aren’t very exciting for most users but are still quite important. They make your device safer to use, which is always a good thing. This is a staged rollout, meaning that not all devices will get the update at the same time. Some of you might already have it, while others will have to wait for a few more days.

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To check if the update has already hit your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, open up the settings menu and find the Software update option in About phone. As always, we advise you to make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network before downloading it in order to avoid any potential charges from your carrier.

Also make sure that the battery is sufficiently charged before you tap on the download button. Around 50 percent should probably do it in this case.

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge revisited – Is it still worth it?

It’s all about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus this week, with the two highly anticipated smartphones making their way to consumers in a few days. Those who own their predecessors may be contemplating an upgrade, and some who aren’t looking for the latest and greatest might even consider buying the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge now, given how much cheaper these phones will become.

Now a year old, are the 2016 Samsung flagships still worth it? We find out, as we revisit the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge!

I found the Galaxy S7 Edge to be so impressive when I did its review that it became my daily driver of choice for the majority of 2016. The great news is that many aspects of the phone that I loved continue to hold up extremely well a year later.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is still one of the most beautiful phones that Samsung has ever designed. The dual curved edges felt really sleek and refined, and solidified the fact that this was no longer an experiment but rather a permanent design change, as is evident from its successors. The design wasn’t entirely without flaws however, and accidental touches on the sides of the screen still happen. That said, this issue certainly wasn’t prevalent enough to make it a deal breaker.

Its smaller sibling, the Galaxy S7, may have looked a touch more generic with its regular flat front, but it’s still a solidly built and still great looking device in its own right. The other advantage of the Galaxy S7 is when it comes to one-handed usability — its 5.1-inch display is a better fit for those not looking to make the jump into phablet territory and also skirts the issues the curved edges of the Galaxy S7 Edge creates.

Speaking of the display, both the 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch screens of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge respectively are vibrant and gorgeous, and are easily some of the best displays in the market even in 2017. You may not get HDR support or the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the Galaxy S8, but on the bright side, you won’t have to deal with black bars when using apps that aren’t optimized or while watching 16:9 videos in the landscape orientation.

There are some aspects that are seemingly outdated with these phones, like the presence of a microUSB port. For someone like me that has fully transitioned to USB Type-C, going back to this port did take some getting used to, but shouldn’t be a big deal for those who haven’t jumped on the USB-C train yet.

I’ve never been a fan of capacitive navigation keys or physical home buttons, but Samsung made clever use of the latter by turning it into a shortcut to launch the camera. It is extremely quick and felt very intuitive, and it is disappointing that you won’t be able to do that with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which use on-screen software keys. The tactile home button also doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and is a far better placement than the rather awkward positioning of the sensor on the Galaxy S8 devices.

Samsung’s latest software update brings Android 7.0 Nougat, a cleaner interface, and many of the features that will be available with the Galaxy S8 to its predecessors, so you aren’t going to really be missing out on the software side of things, except for cool new additions like Bixby and DeX integration. However, the update is pretty new, and you may have not yet received it.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge may not be powered by the latest and greatest processors anymore, but they remain speedy and reliable. Battery life is also fantastic, as the 3,600 mAh battery of the Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the largest that Samsung has ever put in their flagships. And this is an area that hasn’t seen much of an upgrade with the Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is obviously going to be more powerful, but with other features mostly remaining intact, such as wireless charging, fast charging capabilities, and dust and water resistance, the difference in power may not be enough to justify the premium that the latest flagships command.

The camera is still extremely good as well, which isn’t surprising since it was one of the best smartphone cameras in 2016. It’s definitely one that I would be happy to use in 2017, which is a testament to Samsung’s prowess in this category. Samsung has made an upgrade to both the front and rear cameras with the Galaxy S8, but I don’t think the camera is going to be the top reason for anyone to switch from the Galaxy S7’s to the Galaxy S8.

So there you have it for this look back at the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge! These phones may have been released early last year, but they definitely don’t feel outdated at all. They’ve aged very well inside and out, and are phones that you will certainly be happy with, not only if you already own one, but if you are considering buying it soon. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were great smartphones when they were launched, and remain really good smartphones one year later.

Get the Galaxy S8 Launcher on your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge (Nougat)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are set to be released later this month. The smartphones will deliver a bunch of new apps and features, many of which you might have already seen. But for those of you rocking a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge with Android Nougat, you can even get your hands on some of them right now.

Courtesy of a couple of folks over at the XDA Developers forums, you can now download and install the Galaxy S8’s launcher onto your S7/S7 Edge.

The seven-step procedure outlined in the forums doesn’t require root privileges, and it doesn’t appear to be especially complicated, but it means setting up a shortcut to the APK file to install it immediately after a device restart. Once installed, this will give you new look and feel of the Galaxy S8’s home screen and apps.

Samsung’s new AI Bixby is also included with the launcher if you swipe to the right of the home screen. However, it’s reportedly unstable.

Meanwhile, you can also install the Nav keys included in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge on some Samsung devices. These are made up of the new on-screen Home, Recent Apps, and Return keys which replace the capacitive and physical home buttons of previous Galaxy devices.

The uploader says that the nav bar was only tested on a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5, and may not work with other devices. However, as they’re compatible with the S8 launcher, they may work with the S7 and S7 Edge too.

Though the new recent apps button looks pretty nifty, installing the new nav bar will, of course, mean you have two sets of buttons on your handset: the physical and the new touchscreen ones. Just thought I’d mention it.

If you’re interested, check out the Launcher and Nav bar at the links.