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Nougat, out now for Samsung S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are among the best Android phones out there right now. With a stunning design, fast performance, long battery life and great features, it’s easy to see why. Well… It’s just got a whole lot better thanks to the Android Nougat update which is now rolling out to O2 customers.
Here’s some of our favourite new Nougat features
#1 – Improved multi-window support
Fans of Samsung mobiles may already be familiar with multi-window, but the difference is that it’s now built right into Android which means that it’ll support a much wider range of apps than before.
#2 – Better and smarter notifications
A complete notifications overhaul is one of the biggest improvements for the new Nougat update. With a smarter ‘Quick Connect’, better ‘Quick Toggles’ and a built-in search box, you’ll find the notification area vastly improved and more interactive than ever before.
#3 – Resolution Scaling
Samsung are giving you finer control over the resolution and density of your display. Lowering the resolution allows you to save a little battery and you can also tinker with the density – think of this as a ‘zoom’, where ‘small’ will show more on-screen at once compared to ‘large’. See below for a demo
#4 – Fresh, new looks
The first thing you’ll notice after upgrading to Nougat will be how different everything looks. Clean lines, condensed fonts & bright colours – it looks fantastic! Another part of the new look is Samsung’s new ‘squircles’ icons, as seen below
#5 – Individual ‘sleep’ mode for apps
If you have any power-hungry apps that you like to use, but want to ensure it doesn’t sap your battery in the background, just long-press & hold on the app and choose the ‘Put to sleep’ option. This will ensure the app only uses battery when it’s open. Alternatively, invest in a power bank 😉
#6 – Blue light filter
A blue light filter is now included as part of this update. You can enable it on-the-fly or set it to a schedule. Once enabled, your phone limits the amount of blue light it emits which can help give you a better sleep if you tend to use your phone while in bed – something most of us are guilty of.
#7 – Performance Mode
This is a new introduction alongside the standard ‘Power Saving’ modes you’re used to. With Performance Mode, you have much finer control over performance features that can improve your experience with certain tasks, such as boosting resolution & brightness while watching a movie.
#8 – Always-on Display (AoD) – Now better than ever!
With this new update, the AoD feature can now display notifications from *all* apps, not just a select few. You still get control over what’s displayed, such as the clock, calendar, reminders, style – whatever you want, you’ve got.
When’s it coming?!
After some unexpected delays, the Nougat update is now available for S7 edge devices purchased through O2. If you’ve not yet had a notification for this, go to:
➡ Settings > About device > Download updates manually.
Where’s Nougat for non-S7’s?
Some phones such as the OnePlus 3 & 3T, or Sony XZ & X already have Nougat. Some manufacturers will have plans to release Nougat to more devices in the coming months and we’ll share more details as & when we have them. This week (w/c 23rd Jan) we’ve also approved Nougat for the Sony Z5, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact, Z3+ and Z4, so expect to see this over the next couple of weeks.
What to do before updating, or if you need help
We always recommend that you back up your device before installing an update. We don’t imagine you’ll encounter any issues or data loss but these things can happen so it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you need help with any of this, have a chat with our O2 Guru’s or alternatively, ask for help from other customers & experts over on the O2 Community.