Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was unveiled earlier this month, might get Android 7.0 Nougat within another two to three months. Although the exact date of the roll-out is yet to be revealed, but the new Android iteration will be released only after collecting feedback from users.
"It is very important for us to offer up-to-date information with the new OS, but what's more crucial is to build a stable and seamless platform for users. That's why we are planning to do enough beta testing before any OS updates," Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung Electronics' mobile communication told the Korean Times.
Google made the first preview of Android Nougat, which was unveiled on 9 March 2016, available for developers on the same month. The fifth, which is the last, developer preview update was released in July. Google promises to roll out the final software update starting with the Nexus devices in the third quarter of the year. This means Android Nougat for Note 7 will be available only after that, may be sometime in October or November.
Speaking at a press conference in Seoul Koh also said the company was planning for a 128GB version of the Note 7, but only for the Chinese market. Samsung's latest move is a possible consequence of the Chinese smartphone manufacturers who are pushing for aggressive marketing strategies by launching phones with higher storage.
"We are considering launching Note 7 with a 128 GB internal storage capacity for the Chinese market, even though the handset made its global debut with a 64 GB memory," said Koh.
"We will continue to accept different needs from each marketplace, and respond by releasing localized products by changing memory capacity or color," he added.
Featuring different colour variants such as blue coral, gold platinum, silver titanium and black onyx, the new Note will go on sale on 19 August through carriers in the US, followed by a rollout in European market on 2 September.