Last November, the famous South Korean mobile company has established its Beta program, allowing Galaxy S7 and S7Edge users to test the new Android 7.0 Nougat on their respective units. But just recently, a new development indicated that the phone giant is planning to skip implementing the 7.0 Nougat altogether and resort to rolling out the newest 7.1 version instead.
A few days ago, an XDA forum user has shared a screenshot showing that Samsung is already working on the process of giving their Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7Edge users the ability to directly download the Android 7.1 Nougat on their phones. It also mentioned that those who are still under their 7.0 beta program will also be able to directly receive the new 7.1 Nougat update. Samsung will be the first mobile brand to integrate the new Nougat update aside from Google’s Pixel and Nexus.
Earlier this year, the world saw the integration of Android 7.0 Nougat on various mainstream brands such as LG and Sony. The new 7.1.1 nougat update is said to be packed with new features such as a reset button, app shortcuts, a new set of emojis that promotes gender equality, an automatic reset button, support tab, ability to move your menu, GIF support for your keyboard and even a new camera app that has features like Viewfinder grid modes, Exposure, Smart Burst and AE/FE locking.
Critics have lauded the decision as a good strategy to get to the public’s good side after the previous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 controversy that almost took the entire company down. Samsung has already revealed before that they are planning to release the Nougat updates next year. The legitimacy of the said screenshot is still in question and Samsung itself has not yet commented on the matter.