Google’s Android Nougat has started seeding out to Nexus devices and will eventually hit other devices soon. Nonetheless, for units like Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and Tab S, the bigger question is whether the Android 6.0 Marshmallow will still be available to bridge the devices to the latest Android OS.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and Tab S Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update
Android updates have always been a waiting game, and the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update has not been any different. However, as more and more devices gain access to the software, the bigger question now is whether units like Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and Tab S will ever be upgraded to it.
The answer has become more important now that the Android 7.0 Nougat has been released. This means the units will be two updates late, which is already light years in the smartphone and tech market.
As much as Samsung Galaxy S4 and the phablet Galaxy Note 3 have been touted to perform similarly like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, which were already upgraded to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, it appears that Samsung will stick to its two-year policy. This means that devices that fall within the time frame will be updated to the latest software. Unfortunately, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 have hit the 3-year mark.
According to Nashville Chatter Class, it appears that the devices will no longer be updated officially to the Android 6.0 software, which means the Android Nougat update is impossible. Users will still have a choice to update to the latest software through custom ROMs. The same option may be available for the Galaxy Tab S.
Android Nougat Status Update
On the other side of the spectrum, Android Police reports that Google’s latest and greatest version of Android to date has started rolling out slowly. The update is now available to Nexus devices, including the Pixel C and General Mobile 4G. Additionally, Dev preview devices are getting the OTA almost instantly. Other unit owners will have to wait for further announcements.