December 20, 2016
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Samsung has released the fifth Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones to users who have signed up for its Galaxy Beta program in the US and the UK. This is technically the fourth major beta release (and is labelled as such in the ‘beta notices’ notification), with an earlier patch simply fixing a Facebook crash issue.

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The 280 MB update has a pretty small change log. The only major new update is that Samsung Notes has now been removed as a pre-installed app. Having said that, some people who have already downloaded the new beta have reported that Samsung Notes is still there after the update has been installed. So your mileage may vary.

Other than that, the change log states that other unnamed bugs have been fixed, and some stability improvements added. SamMobile also notes that the “About device” section of the phone no longer mentions Samsung Experience, which was the new name given to TouchWiz in the last Nougat beta update. It’s possible Samsung may be planning to make yet another name change in the future.

Despite Samsung stating the beta program would last until mid-December, this is not necessarily the last beta update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users. The company has already announced that when the final version rolls out, the Nougat version will jump to Android 7.1.1.

If you have installed the latest beta, let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments.

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
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