Samsung started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge back in mid-January and up to now, the OS is still rolling out in different markets.
The tech giant has started the Galaxy Android Beta Program back in November 2016, something that helped bring the new Android 7.0 Nougat update to Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge earlier than usual. Of course, every Galaxy S7 user who has not received the new OS is probably wondering when they’ll be able to see the OTA notification on their flagships.
Well, you might want to ease up a little on that desire as a new report coming from Phone Arena claims that the update to Android 7.0 Nougat has an adverse impact on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge battery life. The website reports that this update could worsen the battery life of your flagship by as much as 10% when compared to what the phone offered with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.
Apparently, Phone Arena decided to run battery life tests for the two devices before and after updating to Android 7.0 Nougat. According to the results, both Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge lost about 35 minutes of screen-on-time. This is about 9.4% of the total battery life of the S7 and 8.1% of the S7 Edge before the Nougat treat.
There could be several reasons behind the reduced battery life for both Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, the standout reason could be the fact that Android 7.0 Nougat has more white in its visuals yet AMOLED panels use more battery power when displaying white pixels compared to dark pixels. But if this is the case, it is hard to tell whether or not Samsung can fix it with a small software update in the near future, but hopefully, it does as no one wants an awful battery life on their phone or worse off sticking with older software.
Have you updated your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge to Android 7.0 Nougat? Have you noticed any unusual screen-on battery life compared to when the device was using Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow? Let us know this via the comments section below.