After a long wait for Samsung, Android 7.0 Nougat did not seem to leave fully satisfied the owners of a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. Although the update appears to have a positive impact in principle, many still complain of a series of intermittent errors and problems. In fact, some complaints seem to be single isolated cases that may have little or nothing to do with the update, but the coincidence is noteworthy and Samsung itself seems to keep the situation under review. The network problems, errors in the notifications, or even the classic problems of battery life and low battery. Meanwhile, from The Android Soul blog, news comes from an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. At first without Bixby, at least officially, despite having enough resources to incorporate it.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Q2 2017
Since network problems are widespread and do not allow receiving text messages and calls even though there is network coverage, the idea is simple. Because this occurs regardless of whether the phone company is one or the other, whether it is unlocked or not. The only certainty is that the problem is limited to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
The Android Soul, in its most recent post on the subject, shows a screenshot of a benchmark obtained from an analysis in GFXBench. Inside, you see a data sheet referring to the Galaxy S7 Edge and in that case has Android 7.1.1 Nougat. According to the source quoted, this means that Samsung has begun work to keep up to date top-of-the-range smartphones of 2016. If so, the optimization work should end and proceed to official distribution no later than the second quarter of the year. In short, between April and June the first official update could be produced.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and Bixby
The question, however, and concerns as well, are focused primarily on Bixby. Beyond the Galaxy S8, it seems that Samsung has no plans, at least for the moment. There is no official forecast for a global launch of the new digital voice assistant. The reason is likely to be commercial: if the 2016 top-of-the-range received a major update with Bixby in a short time, the owners would hardly have the incentive to think about a new purchase. In short, it is safeguarding the market for the Galaxy S8. Be that as it may, yesterday we showed that there is the possibility of installing a limited version of Bixby available for Samsung smartphones with Android Nougat.