Finally, the Samsung mid-range offerings Galaxy A5 and A7 smartphones are now receiving an update regarding Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Though the Android 7.0 is not the latest iteration of the operating system, still it contains a bunch of unique features and improvements as compared to its predecessor.
To get this update on your smartphones, the Galaxy A5 and A7 users are advised to download the update via stable Wi-Fi connection. The file size is around 1.4GB, so it is recommended to have enough storage on your device. Users need to back up their files to PC or microSD card. Moreover, before installing the package, make sure that the battery should be charged up to minimum 75%.
The Android 7.0 OS contains a plethora of features like split-screen multitasking which allow users to view multiple application simultaneously in a multi-window mode. The Quick reply feature was incorporate in notification window which lets users respond to messages and emails without opening the application.
Moreover, the Nougat OS also enhance the software optimization with a significant increment in battery life. It comes with a revamped setting menu and adheres support for multiple languages, emojis, and app links. The Accessibility setting on Android Nougat has improved a lot, and Variable text-to-speech speed and mono output are great hearing aid features.
The Android 7.0 comes with File-based encryption i:e it will protect the generic system and users data respectively. It is also enriched by the Do Not Disturb feature which allows users to opt from complete Silence, Alarm only and Priority only. Whereas, the Data Saver feature lets users deny the internet access to background application when users are connected to a Cellular data network.
Samsung has officially confirmed the rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy A (2016) series. As of writing this, we don’t have any information as to when the Android Nougat update will hit the Galaxy A handsets. The company has to take into account a huge number of Galaxy A series before releasing the update OTA.
To begin with, Samsung will roll out Android Nougat update for a wide range of budget handsets. In the meantime, Samsung will release updates for Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A9 Pro handsets. However, you need to wait till Q2 2017 to experience Android Nougat in all Samsung Galaxy A (2016) series handsets.
To recall, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) and Galaxy A9 Pro were launched with Android Marshmallow. Hence, tech enthusiasts are of the opinion that Samsung might end support for these handsets with an upgrade to Android Nougat.
Android 7.0 Nougat update for Galaxy S7 expected soon
Currently, the smartphone major is working on to release Android 7 updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the Galaxy Note 5, including the Galaxy Tab S2. Samsung is also working to release the 2017 variants of the Galaxy A handsets. We expect the launch of the phone by the end of December or early January.
Samsung Galaxy A (2017) will feature Android 6.0 Marshmallow
There are reports that the 2017 editions of Samsung Galaxy A series will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, there is a possibility that few phones will ship with Android Nougat. That being said, the entire range of Galaxy A smartphones will be updated with Android Nougat before the end of March 2017.
Regarding features, we expect Samsung to infuse Galaxy A series with all the features. However, there is no assurance regarding the availability of all the features that will be included with the Galaxy S7 handsets in the A variants. We have no option other than to wait and watch.
The Galaxy A5 2015 is receiving the latest Marshmallow Android OS update, and this is a welcome move on the part of Samsung. Most of the Android platform based Smartphone have been a victim of fragmentation, and often these devices get skipped in any update plan.
The Galaxy A5 was launched out of the box with Android 4.4 KitKat and received the update for Android Lollipop around May 2015. The latest update, however, comes eight months late since the inception of the latest Android OS. The update is being rolled out for Europe and South Africa and comes with the build no A500FUXXU1CPG2.
It took many months for Samsung to roll out the Android Marshmallow update for its devices but it seems that the company is on a roll and launching the updates for its devices in quick succession.
The last few days has seen a deluge of Galaxy Android Marshmallow updates across the globe. A lot many devices of the South Korean electronics Giant are now running on the latest OS, but there are many devices which are still waiting to be upgraded.
Talking about the features of the firmware updates, the Android Marshmallow features Doze mode and enhanced app permissions and better notification and security features. It also includes the most recent security patches in the June builds. The latest updates are being rolled out in Russia, Serbia and Turkey for the Galaxy A5 for the 2016 version.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings along with it some improvements. The best feature is the ‘Now on Tap’. This feature, when activated by long pressing the home button, will scan and display all the relevant information as a card like snippets. Another major is the Doze feature which plays a crucial role in switching off the apps when it is not on the use and contributes a great deal to saving battery life. Samsung has on its part added an improved version of its TouchWiz with better designs and also uses less RAM space.
The sad part is that the latest update is a part of the two-year upgrade cycle which Samsung has promised for its devices so in all probability will not see the upcoming Android 7.0 update for a long time.