Through a blog post, Samsung yesterday announced a list of devices which it will upgrade to the latest version of Android in the first half of this year. The company has finally completed testing of the new OS in its devices and rollout of the same should begin in the coming days, if it hasn't already started.
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Aside from the flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones, Samsung will upgrade devices like Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge Plus, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8 in the first six months of 2016. Since the Galaxy Note 5 didn't launch in the UK, Galaxy Note 4 users will not be able to enjoy the latest OS on their devices.
It seems Samsung will not upgrade its J-series phones to Nougat in the period, even though it cannot be ruled out that the company may upgrade these devices once the list of phones mentioned above have been upgraded. Samsung's upcoming smartphones like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8 and others will also feature Android 7.0 Nougat but we cannot say the same for A-series and J-series phones unless Samsung mentions it specifically.
The new Android 7.0 OS brings in Split Screen view in smartphones which can be accessed by holding down the task-switching button. Switching between apps is now easier with ‘Quick Switch’, as well with the task-switching button so you just need to double-tap it to instantly switch to your most recently used app, and then click ‘clear all’ to get rid of all the open windows.
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Android N brings in smaller icons and full-width design in notifications to make them look cleaner and fresher as well as super-functional. You can now expand them twice successively to see more information and take action. There are also little buttons to expand each notification if you don’t feel like swiping.
Thanks to the new OS, you will also be able to decide if you need more notifications from a particular app by long pressing on a notification. Instead of dragging down the notification panel twice to get to settings, wi-fi etc, they are now presented in a row of five above notification- all infinitely customisable so you have your most used toggles on tap.