The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will forgo Android 7.0 and be upgraded straight to Android 7.1.1, Samsung has revealed. Samsung made the announcement in a response to a member of the Galaxy beta program who suggested that it upgrades the phones to the latest Android software, and provides a double-tap-to-wake function.
Samsung launched the beta program for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in November to gather feedback on early builds of Android Nougat. The devices are currently running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but Samsung is expected to officially update them to Nougat in early 2017.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat is the latest version of Android, announced by Google on December 5. The update – which delivers new features like app shortcuts and new emoji – is currently available for Nexus and Pixel devices, while third-party manufacturers now have access to the source code via the Android Open Source Project.
Meanwhile, Sony announced yesterday that it planned to be the first manufacturer, other than Google, to deliver Android 7.1.1 to one of its smartphones.