Premium Samsung phones are getting the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update in a few weeks, it has been reported. This version of Android brings a host of new features, while improving upon the already released Android Nougat 7.0.
The newest host of features are app shortcuts, which mimics the 3D touch found in iOS devices. Other features include a seamless multi window support baked in the Android environment. It also includes a double tap to switch feature that can be used to quickly switch between the last app and the current app being used.
For Google phones and the Nexus 6P, Nougat brings an updated look with a redesigned notification and system tray. Other than that it brings Google's own assistant that rivals Cortana and Siri. However, Samsung isn't going to get the Google Assistant as it is only exclusive to Google phones.
The newest software boost will help premium Samsung phones to catch up to the Google market. This is a welcome change of pace from Samsung, as the company is notorious for releasing updates much later than expected.
Samsung has been testing the Android Nougat 7.0 in a beta test on its two flagship phones, the S7 and the S7 Edge. The surprising news here seems to be that Samsung aims to completely skip the Android 7.0 update and go straight to providing the Android 7.1.1 update for its flagship users.
The Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are sure to receive the update. Moreover, flagship devices from past year, like the S6 and the S6 Edge, along with the Note 5 would also be getting the update.
Apart from the LG V series and the Huawei Mate 9, Samsung seems to be one of the first companies outside of Google that is providing a speedy update to Android Nougat.