21 February 2017
Samsung is bringing the latest version of the Android Nougat update to its Galaxy A 2016 series smartphones.
Australian carrier Optus confirmed a few days ago that it has started testing this update for the Galaxy A5 (2016) and the handset would soon receive the latest update sometime in January. Samsung Galaxy A5 was launched in 2014 and shipped with Android 4.4 Kitkat OS. Samsung did release two major Android OS updates and the last one was indeed the Marshmallow update.
Now since Galaxy A5 (2016) is all set to get the latest version how can Galaxy A3 (2016) be far behind. Both handsets have been spotted on GFXBench running Android 7.0 Nougat thereby confirming that Samsung is also testing said update for the Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Galaxy A3 (2016).
The Galaxy A5 (2016) spotted on GFXBench features a 5.2-inch display powered by an octa-core Exynos SoC processor clocked at 1.6Ghz. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and Mali-T720 graphics processing unit. The Galaxy A3 (2016) spotted features a 4.7-inch display powered by a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.5Gz. The device comes with a Mali-T720 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM.
However these devices will receive the Nougat update only after it has been rolled out to its flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices which is expected by the end of January. Samsung recently confirmed that it will release Nougat update to the two phones by end of January. So if flagship devices are to get the update first this means that the Galaxy A (2016) series could get the update by February the earliest.
- The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is available at Amazon for $ 543.
- The Samsung Galaxy S7 is available at Amazon for $ 464.
- The Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 isn't still available online. To be notified when it becomse available click here.
- The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is available at Amazon for $ 299.