Good news this morning for those in Canada who have the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on either Rogers or Telus. The two carriers have begun the process of rolling out the Android Nougat 7.0 update to those devices. The update comes a few days later than the majority of carriers in Canada started the update roll out and follows the release of the update here in the United States. By all indications, the update is virtually identical to the update that rolled out to other Canadian and US carriers. That is, it is based on Nougat 7.0 and has the February 2017 Android Security Update.
The update for the phones is sizable at just over 1GB so you will certainly want to make sure you are on a Wi-Fi connection to download it. Once the update is downloaded, you can expect the install to take 15-20 minutes and after the reboot is complete, you will be on Nougat.
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Good news this morning for Verizon customers using the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge – Android Nougat is finally coming your way. The update is being released today and you are looking for build NRD90M.G930VVRU4BQA2 for the Galaxy S7 while the S7 Edge is getting build NRD90M.G935VVRU4BQA2. Both updates come in at just over 1GB in size so you will want to make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi to download the update for your phone. Once you have it downloaded, the install process should take about 30 minutes all-in.
By now readers will know what comes with Nougat so I won’t bore you with the details once again. If you aren’t clear on what Nougat brings, check out my review. As for this particular update, you aren’t going to find much different than the Galaxy S7 updates that have been on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. Essentially the updates are the same with very minor tweaks between them for each carrier. That, frankly, is good in that you don’t have a different experience just because you are on a different carrier.
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Good news Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users on Sprint, Android Nougat is rolling your way. Joining AT&T and T-Mobile, Sprint has released their stable Nougat 7.0 build for the two Samsung flagship devices, starting with those who were in their beta program first. Those in the program will get a small update (sub-200MB) to update to the stable version while those of you who get it outright, you are looking at a 1.2GB update from Marshmallow. The update will take a few days to get to everyone of course as these things tend to be phased when the carriers roll out these big updates.
For those curious, a couple of key things to keep in mind on this update. First, it is Android Nougat 7.0, just like the updates from the other carriers. It does appear to have the February 2017 Android Security Update but that’s yet to be confirmed by Sprint (they haven’t updated their support page entirely with details). If that is true, it would be the same as the other carriers. Further, it is not 100% clear if Sprint has added any additional apps or services to the S7 or S7 Edge but that should become a bit more clear once the support page is updated.
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After wrapping up the beta program for Android Nougat last week, Samsung has pushed the button and started sending out the OTA update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The first to see the update will be those who participated in the beta as they will be moved to the stable build. After that, unlocked variants of the S7 lineup will get the update. The news of Nougat hitting the S7’s is certainly good news. Samsung has been lackluster at best in getting major OS builds out in a timely manner but in the case of Nougat, it took about a quarter. That’s pretty reasonable given the amount of changes and testing that has to happen for a major update.
Long with all the goodness that Nougat will bring to the S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung is also doing some minor UX updates and other under-the-cover fixes to add stability and performance. If you don’t remember all that is in Nougat, you can catch up on it here.
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Today’s Deal is for those of you who have a device that has Qi wireless charging built into it. Over at Amazon you can pick up the Turbot 3-coil desktop stand charger for such devices for just $20. That’s a savings of 56% off the regular price. The stand holds your device at a 60 degree angle for easy viewing while it is charging. Because it has 3 coils for charging, it is fast and efficient at charging your devices plus, the design lends itself to getting the charging connection right given the location of the coils in the stand. The charger also is designed so that it keeps cool while charging, something many other wireless chargers struggle with as they can easily get over 100F.
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In all of the chaos surrounding Samsung at the minute, it would have been easy to miss that the South Korean company would be making a limited edition Blue Coral version of the Galaxy S7 Edge. That color option will only be available in limited markets and fortunately, the United States courtesy of AT&T, will be one of them. The carrier has added the Blue Coral option to their S7 Edge website, allowing customers or new to AT&T customers select the frankly stunningly beautiful muted blue phone. While orders are being taken now, it won’t actually ship for another few weeks. AT&T indicates that it will be shipping between November 18-22 this month.
Price wise, it is what you would expect for the flagship device from Samsung. To buy it outright is $794.99 while you do have payment options thanks to the AT&T Next program. For $26.50 per month you can use the Next program which is a 30 month payment option. You can upgrade after you have paid 80% of the phone (roughly $635). The AT&T Next Year program offers a 24 month upgrade plan which is $33.13 per month and you can upgrade after you have paid 50% of the value of the phone (roughly $397).
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With the Android Security Update for November expected to be released later today, it looks like T-Mobile is already getting it out to their customers. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on the carrier, there is an update out for you that brings the security patch up to this month. T-Mobile has always been one of the better carriers when it comes to updates but with Samsung in particular, the manufacture has been slow to get updates out to carriers. With the Galaxy S7 lineup, this seems to have changed as updates are coming at a far more consistent increment and much sooner after they are released from Google.
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Today’s deal over at eBay is a great one for those looking at a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Right now you can pick up the phone with 32GB of built-in storage for $569.99. That is a savings of some 37% and the phone is unlocked. Right now the color options are gold and black so quantities are very much limited. The even better news: The Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t have blow-up batteries. 🙂 (Sorry, couldn’t resist).
Specification wise, the Galaxy S7 Edge does not disappoint. It comes with a quad-core 2.15 GHz on 2 cores and 1.6 GHz on the other two. It has 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage with expansion up to an additional 200GB thanks to the MicroSD slot. The S7 Edge has a 5.5″ Quad-HD Super AMOLED display that renders at 2560 x 1440 resolution and 534 PPI. The rear camera is an impressive 12MP f/1.7 shooter with OIS while the front camera is a 5MP that is also f/1.7.
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