A previously leaked schedule for Samsung Galaxy Android 7.0 Nougat update had suggested that the company will be rolling out the OS to the original Samsung Galaxy J7 on August 28, at least for the Turkish market.
There’s only a day between now and this date and even though it’s obvious Samsung won’t live up to it, you can rest assured – not everyone, though – that the 2015 Galaxy J7 will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone has just been cleared by the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. When this happens, it confirms that the software is getting ready to be released, perhaps in the next few weeks.
The organization has cleared two variants of the Galaxy J7 2015 – one with model number SM-J700T and the other has model number SM-J700T1. These two belong to T-Mobile and MetroPCS, respectively. The listing doesn’t include other variants of the original J7, including model number SM-J700F/DS that is sold in Kenya, India and Thailand as well as SM-J700F, SM-J700H/DS, SM-J700M, SM-J700M/DS and SM-J700P.
It’s possible that this omission is intentional, meaning that the update to Android 7.0 Nougat could be limited to some markets. So, why is this possible?
Other than model numbers SM-J700T and SM-J700P, which turns out for Virgin Mobile and Boost carriers in the U.S., the other variants of Samsung Galaxy J7 2015 came preinstalled with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Since then, they have been upgraded to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
As for the U.S. variants, they came preinstalled with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and as such, Samsung still owes them one major software update – which is Android 7.0 Nougat. These variants also have 2GB RAM as opposed to 1.5GB RAM on other variants. They also come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset while other markets get Samsung’s Exynos 7580 processor.
It’s unlikely that Samsung will push a second major software upgrade to a budget phone like the Galaxy J7, more so from two years ago. This would also mean that U.S. users might start demanding for an update to Android Oreo, which would make it their second major OS. Samsung, obviously, wouldn’t want to drag itself into such a mess. As such, it’s possible that those devices that received Marshmallow through an OTA update might not be in for the Nougat treat.
This is just a hunch from my side of the table, but as noted, it’s not common for Samsung to roll out two major OS upgrades to a budget phone. I know how this makes many Galaxy J7 owners out there feel, which is why I really hope I am wrong about this.