In June, the first Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 handset received the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, but this was only reported in Germany.
The update came in with software version A310FXXU3CQE6, but there’s a new version of the same software that has started rolling out to the same Galaxy A3 2016 handset. However, this latest version is targeting T-Mobile-branded handset in Netherlands.
Even though the two countries have a Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 unit that ships with the same model number SM-A310F, the latest firmware version carries number A310FUXX3CQF6 and weighs about 1GB. Due to this size, it’s important that you connect to the internet using a Wi-Fi hotspot unless you are okay with downloading 1GB of files on cellular data.
Other than installing the new Android 7.0 Nougat OS on the Galaxy A3 2016, the update also installs the latest Android security patch for the month of June. This means that your phone will now be free of any bugs and errors from the recent past as well as enjoy improved performance and general system stability.
If you are on T-Mobile, you should see the OTA notification on your phone very soon, just in case you haven’t already. As for the unbranded models of the Galaxy A3 2016 as well as those using the phone on other carriers such as Vodafone, the same update should be rolling out in the coming days or weeks. You can also try doing a manual update via Settings>About phone>System updates and see if you can download the OS on your phone without having to wait for the OTA notification.
While this is happening, Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 has just passed by Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. We saw the same happen for the A3 2016 back in April and about two months later, the stable version came out. Whether this will also be the case for the A3 2017 is still unknown, but we hope it won’t take the same period before the update hits the new model, which was released earlier this year.