Samsung had a rough 2016 when it came to their mobile products primarily due to the absolute disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7. Despite this, the company has its eyes locked on the future of their mobile business with their highly rumored S8 due in the next few months.
To keep current customers of their S7 and S7 Edge happy, the newest version of Android 7.0 ‘Nougat' began rolling out for these handsets as of this morning. While the latest firmware doesn't make it an entirely new experience, it feels more refined with faster speeds and improvements to the TouchWiz design.
Here are the significant changes within this update:
Quick Panel and Notifications
The Quick Panel features a cleaner aesthetic, as titles have been removed from the icons in the panel’s first depth. Icons in the second depth are organized into groups of nine, making them easier to locate.
Users can also utilize the integrated S Finder to locate what they want on their smartphone or the web straight from the Quick Panel. Notifications are now grouped to display information more clearly and also support Direct Reply.
An improved controller allows the window size to be more easily adjusted in split screen view. Also, with a new pop-up window function that supports up to five separate windows in addition to the two in the split-screen view, users can access up to seven apps at the same time.
The newly added Performance Mode lets users optimize their smartphones to better meet their specific needs by activating one of the four available modes. Optimized mode, for example, extends battery life and enhances speed, and is suitable for daily usage, while Game mode provides useful functions such as Game Launcher and Game Tools. Entertainment mode enhances sound and image quality and High Performance mode enables the highest quality display settings possible.
Samsung Pass, the feature that works as a master key for website login on Samsung Internet, is now supported on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Users can use their fingerprint to log into selected websites and apps with Samsung Pass.** The feature will soon be expanded to support mobile banking app integration.
For those with one of the Galaxy S7 devices, you can manually check for an update through the settings app. You may have to wait as our S7 Edge hasn't received the option to upgrade yet although I'm sure the roll out is being issued gradually to ensure the smoothest delivery.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.