Samsung who usually rolls out Android updates to its devices much later than the other devices has this year done differently. The South Korean tech giant has began rolling out a beta version of Android 7.0 Nougat to its flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices before many other manufacturers could.
Here's how the Android 7.0 Nougat enhances your device.
Compared to other Beta testing programs, this build (NRD90M) is pretty stable.
Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge brings along with it a good amount of improvements throughout the user interface. You will immediately notice new animations, a completely changed settings menu and a new font.
Nougat has also helped improvise Samsung TouchWiz interface making it cleaner, simpler and much more easy to use.
Nougat update brings the SamsungOne font with it. It was unveiled in June 2016. SamsungOne isn't just a font but it's a family of scripts that covers 26 writing systems, more than 400 languages and over 25,000 glyphs.The font seems clean and legible.
When the notification panel is pulled down, there a lightly-colored row of quick settings below the date and time. Pulling down once more will open the quick settings menu, which is now completely customizable. This means if you don't want to keep a rarely-used quick settings tile, you can now remove it.
Another notable change is in the Settings Menu. With the new Nougat update, the entire menu is now in list format, which makes the menu much easier to navigate. Each category is listed in bold font with a short description of what you'll find in that category. For instance, under the Display category, you'll find “brightness, blue light filter, font” settings and more.
Also, if you're looking for a particular setting but are unable to seem to find it, you'll get little suggestions at the bottom of each settings page that will help point you in the right direction. Simply tap on one of those suggestions to jump right to that page.
One of the useful features Samsung was able to bring over to the S7 line is the new blue light filter. A blue light filter reduces the amount of blue light emitted from your screen, which allows for less eye strain particularly at night.
With the new update, you can adjust the blue light filter on and off by tapping the quick settings tile. A long-press of the quick settings tile will take you to the blue light filter settings, where you can change the opacity and set which time you'd like it to turn on or off. You have the option to set a custom schedule for the filter, or it can turn on and off automatically with the sunset and sunrise.
Samsung also included something called as a Device Maintenance tool, which can be found in the device's settings menu. If your phone is facing a problem like running slowly, draining battery too quickly or any other similar ones that normal smartphone have, this new tool is of great help. Once you open it up, it'll automatically begin running a test. Your device will then be given a performance score out of 100. You can choose the Optimize now button which will fix the errors, or tap on the separate categories at the bottom of the screen to get more detailed information.
With Android 7.0 Nougat update Samsung is giving users the option to scale down their displays to a lower resolution. Under the Display portion of the settings menu, you can opt for the full WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, or bring it down to FHD (1920 x 1080) or HD (1280 x 720).
The Android 7.0 beta update will scale down the display to 1080p by default, so if you want a high resolution display, you'll need to manually change it back to Quad HD.
Earlier, Samsung's Always On Display would show when your phone receives a new notification, but there was no direct way to jump to that notification if you wanted. Now Samsung's Always On Display can jump right to a notification with a simple double-tap.
Since all of us use our phones for different reasons other than obviously as a phone meaning - gaming, watching videos, and more Performance Mode helps. Normally, Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge should be in Normal mode by default, but you can easily switch to a different mode to suit your needs. For instance, choosing Entertainment mode will result in your display increasing to 100% brightness, your screen resolution increasing to WQHD and your video enhancer and UHQ upscaler being turned on. this can be done by clicking on the Device Maintenance app and tapping on Performance Mode.
Other changes include improvements in multi-window use, the ability to quicker switching between apps with a double tap of your recent apps key, ablity todirectly apply from notifications without jumping into the app, as well as take advantage of bundled notifications.
If you want to try the Beta version of the Nougat update, you need to have an active Samsung Account and theGalaxy Beta Program app installed which can be downloaded through Samsung's Galaxy Apps store. Or, users can download the Samsung members app which is available in the Google Play Store or Galaxy Apps depending on the region. Once you're signed up, just wait for a software update to arrive for your device. That's it. Once the update is complete, your device will be running the latest version of Android.
Since this is a beta version, Samsung is planning to build the final version depending on the user feedback, the pros and cons of the beta version before it is rolled out for all users.