Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to the Samsung Galaxy S7 series
Unlike a large number of other smartphone manufacturers, Samsung is relatively more timely when it comes to Android updates for its flagship devices. Android 7.0 Nougat has been available since March of this year and its latest update as of December 2016 is version 7.1.1. The current Samsung beta program will be skipping version 7.0 entirely for 7.1.1 instead, which supports new app shortcuts on the home screen and new GIFs and emojis on the default Google keyboard.
Furthermore, Google has announced that it will put more effort into pushing out minor updates for the Android operating system, though no release period or time table was given. Aside from the beta program, Android 7.0 Nougat is only just beginning to roll out to existing users as a public release.
It's widely expected that Nougat updates will follow in 2017 for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and Galaxy Note 5 after the initial roll out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Perhaps understandably, the Galaxy Note 7 will not be receiving any such updates and may even be forcibly rendered inoperable by the manufacturer in the coming weeks.