Samsung is obviously working on getting final, stable Android 7.0 Nougat updates for its flagship devices out as soon as possible – in fact there have already been several beta releases for the Galaxy S7. But what about the mid-rangers? At the beginning of the month we heard that the entire Galaxy A (2016) line would in fact be graced with the ability to taste the sweet treat, even if a timeline for the rollout wasn’t shared.
That’s perhaps to be expected, but what about a member of the original A series? Namely, the Galaxy A5 from 2014. You probably wouldn’t hold your breath expecting this model to receive a Nougat update, would you?
Well, too bad, because that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Optus, an Australian carrier, has confirmed that the update to Nougat for the A5 units it’s sold is currently in testing, and if everything goes well it’s expected to roll out in late January.
The Galaxy A5 launched running Android 4.4 KitKat, and it’s already been bumped up to Lollipop and then Marshmallow. So if this actually happens, the original A5 will be one of the longest-supported Samsung smartphones ever. Hopefully the Nougat update won’t be limited to Australia and will make its way across the globe, if not in January, then in February and the months coming after that.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy A5 are going to start the new year off right with Optus advising in their software update blog that they’re testing Nougat for the handset.
There’s bare bones information about the update, which will take the phone from Android 6.0.1 to Android 7.0, but Optus apparently expects to start rolling the update out at the end of January next year. That’s providing that all goes according to plan.
There’s no information on a Nougat update for other A-series handsets in the Optus range such as the Galaxy A3, but there should be something there further down the track.
It’s not there yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye on progress throughout January.