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 current Galaxy smartphones and tablets get updated to Android 7.1, Android 7.1.1, or Android 7.1.2 Nougat before the arrival of Android 8.0 Oreo?

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 hitting mid-range devices with even more Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat updates planned for the summer.

While some Galaxy users have their sights set on Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo release, especially now that the company’s confirmed a release for Samsung’s Galaxy devices, others are still curious about the Android 7.1 Nougat update.

As we push into the year we continue to see Android 7.1 popup. A benchmark here, a rumor there. Samsung’s confirmed one Android 7.1.1 update but it’s unclear if the roll out will expand beyond that one device.

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 7.1.1 Update

Samsung’s made things interesting by confirming an upcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update for a Galaxy smartphone.

The company’s new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. This has been confirmed multiple times and we expect all variants, including ones launching in the United States, to run the updated version of Android Nougat.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Android 7.1.1 Nougat software comes with several upgrades which you can get a feel for in the video above.

The Galaxy Note 8 and its Android 7.1.1 update arrive on September 15th in the United States, just a few days after Apple takes the stage on September 12th.

Galaxy S8 Android 7.1 Update

It’s unclear if the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be the only Android 7.1-powered device in the company’s arsenal. Samsung still hasn’t confirmed plans to upgrade its current line of phones and tablets.

In August, 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.

Earlier this year, SamMobile discovered that Samsung’s S Health and Game Tuner apps support Android 7.1 Nougat. This leaves the door open for a release on other Galaxy devices.

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 delivered bug fixes for general Android problems. Android 7.0 Nougat problems are plaguing many Galaxy users and carrier bug fix updates can be irregular and unhelpful.
  2. We could see Samsung throw in some of the features Google released with Android 7.1.

Samsung’s also expected to release some Galaxy Note 8 features for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. While they could arrive inside an Android 7.1.1 update, we expect them to stay exclusive to the Galaxy Note 8 until Android Oreo arrives.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Update

Android 7.1.1 isn’t the only update on the horizon for Galaxy phones and tablets.

Google’s rolling its Android 8.0 Oreo update out to Nexus and Pixel devices and the company says updates from popular manufacturers like HTC, OnePlus, and Samsung will start rolling out before the end of the year.

Of course, that doesn’t guarantee an official version of Android Oreo will hit the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 before 2017 ends. Everything depends on testing and we could see Samsung trot out a beta before starting up the widespread roll out.

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

The next few weeks will be crucial. If September comes and goes without an Android 7.1 release for Galaxy devices, don’t be surprised if Android Oreo is next in line.

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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.