The latest version of Google‘s operating system, Android Nougat, has only recently surfaced in its final builds, and as you would expect, on Nexus devices like last year’s 6P and 5X. However, manufacturers are not standing still, and it looks like Samsung‘s top device is currently undergoing testings with the latest software…
According to some Geekbench results, in fact, it appears that SM-G935F (aka the Galaxy S7 edge) was recently put through the benchmark test while running a build of Android 7.0, with impressive results like 2016 on the single score test and 5587 on the multi score one.
The octa-core nature of the SoC analyzed here tells us that this is an international variant, since only US and Chinese models use the quad-core Snapdragon 820. This is of course to be expected, as unlocked devices need not to get carriers’ approval to have the software updates pushed, so Samsung toying with a device it controls fully is nothing out of the ordinary.
This of course does not mean that the update is actually ready to be pushed to S7 owners out there — and considering Samsung’s track record, there’s no indication that it will indeed happen anytime soon — but chances are that we may learn more in the coming weeks and months.
We would also expect the standard S7 to receive the same treatment, and the newer Note 7 to be actively under testing as well. We may have argued that some of Android’s newest tricks, like split-screen multitasking, are already somewhat present on Samsung’s top devices, but this would be no excuse not to bring the latest software to customers as soon as possible.
Perhaps rival LG‘s aggressive push of Nougat with its just-unveiled V20 (which actually is the first device to run 7.0 out of the box, even before new Nexus — err, Pixel — devices are announced) will put pressure on an already-busy Samsung, so here’s to hope that it won’t take too long.