Now that Android 7.0 Nougat is officially out, the thing on most enthusiastic user's minds is whether their handset will be enjoying this iteration of Google's mobile OS and if so, when. Sadly, there is never a simple answer to this question, especially when you take into account all the regional and carrier versions of a given phone and their respective support life cycle.
Today, T-Mobile published a list of its own carrier version Samsung devices that will be getting the OTA at some point. It is preliminary and more entries could be added in the future, but currently it includes the following handsets:
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Frankly, this fits perfectly with Samsung's track record of typically supporting its flagship models through two major updates or roughly two years. Of course, there have been exceptions in the past and as we already mentioned, the list can be updated in the future. However, owners of said smartphones from T-Mobile can already rest assured that they will be enjoying Nougat in the future. As for timing, well, that is a whole different story.
Given that we haven't heard anything about ongoing testing or any other related leaks, it might be two to three months still, before builds start seeding. Unfortunately, that is simply the way the mobile support chain currently operates, especially for Samsung devices with their heavily-modified Android builds.
Last, but not least, it is also worth mentioning that T-Mobile has the HTC One M9 and HTC 10 on its official waiting list for Nougat as well. They are likely in the same boat time-wise as their Samsung siblings.
I'm pretty sure there are hardware constraints. But who knows, its clear there are many entities involved who have no incentive to update old stuff.
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you should blame qualcomm for that matter. they dont want to develop sd801 drivers necessary for nougat.