Google released Android 8.0 Oreo a few months back, but a majority of Android handsets are still running on older versions. One such example is the Samsung Galaxy J7 which runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Apparently, the device is finally getting updated as U.S. carrier T-Mobile is now rolling out the Android Nougat update to its variant of the Galaxy J7.

What is known about the update?

T-Mobile says that the latest OTA update for the Galaxy J7 on its network started rolling out on October 19. Users of the T-Mobile-locked handset should receive the update soon. The latest update has the firmware version J700TUVU3BQI5. However, the carrier has decided to update the device directly to Android 7.1.1 instead of Android 7.0.

Even the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on T-Mobile are still stuck on the Android 7.0 Nougat, but it appears that the carrier is not updating these premium phones to a newer version. Instead, they are expected to get the Oreo update by year end. The update for Galaxy J7 weighs just over 1 GB and also introduces a newer Android security patch. However, T-Mobile did not reveal which month’s security patch was being rolled out to the handset.

Planning to install the update? Keep these factors in mind

Before installing the update, users must note a few things. Firstly, they should ensure that their handset has at least 50 percent battery charge. Secondly, a strong Wi-Fi connection is recommended for downloading the update. Cellular data with enough bandwidth remaining to conduct the download will also work.

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The update notification should arrive automatically on the Galaxy J7, but users can manually check for the same. To do this, they have to head to the device's Settings, followed by About Phone, and finally System Updates. It is important to remember that since this is an OTA update, the rollout will be staggered and not everyone will receive it at the same time.

What does Android Nougat bring?

Android Nougat was released in 2016 and added some important features to the platform. For instance, the update will allow users to take advantage of the multi-window mode. This mode allows two apps to be kept open on the screen simultaneously, making it much easier to multitask on smartphones. Apart from this, the update also introduces a Doze mode, which will increase the battery life of the handset by limiting the number of background processes when the smartphone is idle.