21 February 2017
Samsung officially rolled out the Android Nougat update to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones in January. However, the company had to release a quick fix to address those unwanted bugs that popped up in these smartphones just after the Nougat update. Many regions are still out of luck in receiving this latest update and according to Samsung, it should be rolled out to every region by the end of H1 2017.
It’s frustrating for those who are waiting for the Android Nougat update to be rolled out to their Galaxy S7 devices. But, you can take an early look at the Nougat features adorning those devices which have received it. Countries like the US, UK, and South Korea have received it already and it’s a good way to know how your Galaxy S7 would look like after getting updated to the latest operating system. So, instead of sitting idle and blaming Samsung for rolling out this update late, take a look at this little tour of Galaxy S7 before and after the Nougat update. See how Galaxy S7 looks like after receiving the Nougat update.
Talking about the Quick Settings and Notifications change, the height of notification panel has been reduced greatly, also the size and the styling of the Quick Toggle icons have also been revised in order to achieve a more streamlined and clean look. The large date and clock that reside in the left portion of the notification shade have also had their overall size reduced. This new design makes it look similar to the design found in the dead Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung hasn’t changed the way notifications appear in the Android Nougat. The OS supports bundled notifications, which means if you receive the notifications from the same app, they will be bundled together.
Nothing much has changed with the App switcher, the Nougat update only tweaks the appearance of the carousal app drawer. The headers of the cards are now slightly smaller, also, the Close All button becomes smaller.
Talking about the multi-tasking, Samsung has been offering this split-screen functionality from years. But, with Nougat update, Samsung has streamlined the experience. Multitasking works here the same way as it used to be, but now you can only swap or close the two windows on the screen.
The option to open one of those in pop-up windows is still here, though. Previously, you were able to minimize the windows to chat heads, as well as copy-paste the text between them.
Coming to the Settings, the sleek design of the Note 7’s Settings menu makes a comeback on the Galaxy S7. Samsung has many times changed the Settings menu to offer an easy look, but this time, the company has got the real success. The new Settings menu is more intuitive than the Marshmallow one.
A careful inspection of the home screen would tell you that Samsung has again decided to do a touch-up the stock icons which make them less obtrusive and more appealing. Samsung has bundled up the wallpapers and themes menus together in the screen configuration menu, which you can access by long-pressing an empty space on your screen.
Another thing which has been changed is the app drawer. There’s now a search bar at the top of the apps to search for any specific app in your crowded apps. The Sort and Edit menus can now be seen in the three-dot menu provided in line with the Search bar.
Folders now sport a transparent slightly blurred background that is more appealing. Folders used to have white more opaque backgrounds; thankfully, users can still change the background of the folder icon.
Stock apps like Phone, Messaging, Email, S Planner, and the stock Samsung browser, all of these have now a flatter, more streamlined interfaces, with slightly revised button layouts and text style.
For the camera, Samsung has directly transplanted the Note 7’s interface to the Galaxy S7. The interface is now mostly gesture-oriented: you swipe up or down to change cameras, left for camera modes, and right for filters.
Another interesting feature that has been added to the Galaxy S7 lineup after the Nougat update is the freedom to choose the screen resolution. It now lets you choose between 720 x 1280 HD mode, 1080 x 1920 Full HD mode, and the native 1440 x 2560 Quad HD mode. By default, the Full HD setting is enabled.
Another feature “High Performance” mode is there that sets your display to Quad HD and increases the maximum brightness of the phone by 10%. This helps in increasing the battery life. There’s also Game mode, which sets the resolution to Full HD, also increases the brightness, and enables Game Tools and Game Launcher, as well as Entertainment mode.
There’s also a new screenshot-grabbing interface, which allows you to draw on your screenshots. The Crop and scrolling screenshot modes are still there.