Samsung has officially confirmed its plans to roll out Android Nougat 7.1.1 update to both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in January 2017. The information comes via an email received by beta testers, where the Korean giant revealed that it’ll try to push the final version of Android Nougat 7.1.1 for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge early January next year.
Having said that, its still unclear which version of the update will be rolled out. Samsung earlier said that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will skip Android 7.0 and get the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1 update. However, it appears that some carriers in other parts of the globe are still testing Android 7.0 Nougat. For instance, Vodafone Australia notes that Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets in the country are likely to get Android 7.0 — and not Android 7.1.1.
As of now, there’s no information as to which countries will get the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, and which will get the older Android Nougat 7.0. That said, Samsung did confirm earlier this month that both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be directly upgraded to the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat. In any case, we expect Samsung to eventually rollout the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat to all Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets across the globe.
And in case you missed, even Google just confirmed that Android Nougat 7.1.1 update will arrive on Nexus 6 early January 2017. Google said in statement that a last minute bug specific to the Nexus 6 had caused the delay. The issue has now been fixed and the company plans the Amdroid 7.1.1 OTA rollout for Nexus 6 in early January.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat: What’s new
Android 7.1.1 Nougat gets a slew of new features and improvements. For instance, you can send GIFs directly from the keyboard on supported apps such as Google Hangouts and Allo. Also, the update allows users to access app shortcuts directly from the home screen. And as a part of Google’s initiative on gender equality, Android Nougat 7.1.1 also gets a wide array of new emojis showcasing the contribution of women towards society.
Nexus 6 owners can look forward to Nexus 6 owners to use the rather nifty Pixel Launcher after the update. It essentially offers a personalized home screen experience where all the information you need is just a swipe away. It allows users to swipe up for all apps, quick access to Google Search, along with date and weather information.