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It’s still unlikely the Galaxy S7 will be treated to Android 9.0 Pie

No, it still doesn’t look like the Samsung Galaxy S7 will receive Android 9.0 — even though the handset was seemingly certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running the firmware on Thursday. In fact, that very same listing was later amended and the supporting documentation was withdrawn, hinting it was nothing more than an internal mistake, as corroborated by the fact we’ve seen no traces whatsoever of Samsung developing the firmware for the three-year-old device in recent months.

After some deliberating, we managed to formulate a scenario that could have occurred at Wi-Fi Alliance’s HQ, which would have led to the inaccurate listing tricking into its extensive database. The Galaxy S7 was assigned the model number SM-G930F, while the Galaxy Xcover4 is identified as SM-G390F; the latter received certification for Android 9.0 Pie a mere matter of hours after the certification for the former was retracted — suggesting there was some sort of internal mix up.

To add fuel to the fire, Samsung has outlined all of the devices that will be treated to Android 9.0 on more than one occasion. The Galaxy Xcover 4 has made the cut each and every time, but the Galaxy S7 has always been nowhere to be seen. And that’s because it’s been shifted to Samsung’s quarterly update schedule, which is impressive in its own right since the Galaxy S7 is the first device that the company has put on a quarterly schedule after it has completed three years on the market instead of simply removing it from the list of eligible devices for security updates altogether.

That said, Samsung has been working around the clock to improve its update policy, so we’re hopeful it will see the light and commit to developing Android 9.0 Pie for the Galaxy S7. After all, it’s one of its most iconic handsets to date and is still in the hands of hundreds of thousands of consumers around the world. It certainly has the hardware required to make it tick, so at this point it’s nothing more than the firm sticking to its standard policy of offering only two major updates to all of its flagship smartphones. An exception would be nice, however.

  • Model: SM-G930F
  • Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.1" (129.2mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 8890
  • Camera: 12 MP, Dual Pixel F1.7
  • Model: SM-G390F
  • Dimensions: 146.2 x 73.3 x 9.7mm
  • Display: 5.0" (127mm) TFT
  • CPU: Exynos 7570
  • Camera: 13 MP, CMOS F1.9

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pjpriyatham
pjpriyatham

Samsung confirmed in its Samsung members app that Galaxy S7 will receive Pie in June 2019.

colin89
colin89

scrennshot please ?

Goliat13
Goliat13

Claro que el s7 y s7 edge pueden soportar A9 pero según por sus políticas de seguridad no la hacen y para obtener otra equipo galaxy s actual cuesta un ojo de la cara, yo aún tengo mi s7 edge y funciona de maravilla. Si no lanzan la actualización yo creo que me cambiaré a IPhone por que ellos si mandan actualización después de que el equipo cumpla tres años. Asco las políticas de Samsung

Josip02
Josip02

I really do hope that Samsung will update this beast to 9.0 Pie because it is still soo powerful, and I think it could handle the update. If they don’t, I’ll just switch to iPhone or OnePlus. So much for Samsung. Like iPhone still updates 5s since 2013. It would be awesome if Samsung updates this phone one last time.

KIA5566
KIA5566

I got the Hype, then I lose it…you gotta be kidding me.

locarno
locarno

S6 also had to get Oreo, and finally he did not receive it. Do you remember ?

locarno
locarno

” certainly has the hardware required to make it tick”

Of course. A20e is much worse than S7 and it is running Pie.

siaho
siaho

True, all of the recent years top phones are more than capable to run major OS updates for years to come. The manufacturers nowdays can’t hide behind that “the phone hardware can’t run it” that was the primary excuse(and a lot of times proven via custom ROMs – big fat lie).

locarno
locarno

“while the Galaxy Xcover4 is identified as SM-G390F; the latter received certification for Android 9.0 Pie a mere matter of hours after the certification for the former was retracted”

Why you don’t write news about Xcover 4 certification ?

locarno
locarno

“even though the handset was seemingly certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running the firmware on Thursday.”

So if they have certification from Wi-Fi Alliance, this mean that they prepares Pie for S7. Why they don’t release it ?

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

The thing is that the whole world is watching and judging them right now and wait for them to make an announcement. If they don’t, not only they will lose a great opportunity, but they should be ready for some serious backlash.

Atalaiade Water12
Atalaiade Water12

after I updated the SHAMESUNG GALAXY S8 Plus to 9.0 the Gamer Tuner is incompatible with the device, so the cell phone gives a few locking when playing the game so I’m happy to play on SHAMESUNG GALAXY S7 (SM-930FD). And another on June 8, 2018 I updated the GalaxyS7 For Android Oreo and the sensors all stopped working already I made everything unique solution and change the motherboard for a new SHAMESUNG .. !!!

multi1vers3
multi1vers3

One can dream…

kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

Well they don’t even need a whole lot of development to make OneUI work on the S7. They did it for Note FE (same internals as the exynos variant of s7), and they are doing it for tab s3 (same internals as the Snapdragon variant of the S7)

djcbs
djcbs

Even if they send the update, I’m not updating the S7 to it. Specially as it’d likely break rootless Substratum as they did on the S10 and I’m not having that.

I haven’t switched from my S7 to the S10e because of that and so I won’t be ruining the S7 by updating to Pie IF it were ever released.

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

I’m so used to the Oreo UI that I don’t really want it to change anyway. I’ll keep my S7 until it falls apart completely, it’s still my favourite Samsung phone ever.

fcaroll
fcaroll

I think the NoteFE was switched to quarterly updates but after some time it received Pie so probably these two things are not strictly correlated. Still it’s quite unlikely for the S7 to get Pie, unfortunately 🙁

Vipauer
Vipauer

We deserve the update for Android Pie…Samsung!

personanongrataf
personanongrataf

S7 and S7 Edge really deserve Anroid 9

torrellclement
torrellclement

Samsung should really push out Pie to the Galaxy S7 edge. It is more than capable of running Pie, if not the next version of Android. Thousands of people here in Australia still own either a S7 or a S7 edge. Even though the newer handsets have rolled out. I suppose the current update policy can be applied to the Galaxy S6 series as they are starting to slow down even on Nougat.

fcaroll
fcaroll

Anyway we should completely stop thinking that newer android versions require so much more power that a modern phone wouldn’t be able to run them. The S7 flies on the noteFE rom port :3

hwtashen2012
hwtashen2012

It’s kind of funny how Note 7 FE is getting Android 9 and it has the same exynos chipset as the S7. I think the S7 and the S7e can run Android 9, Samsung isn’t updating it due to their policies.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Yep, pretty much. Although it would be nice to make an exception for the S7 since it helped Samsung make money when the Note 7 was taken off the market, Samsung probably doesn’t want users of other flagship phones to demand a third big update, so it’s not likely to happen. In fact, that exception may turn out to be the fact that S7 is now on quarterly update schedule, but no one can really confirm until the S8 finishes its third year.

utvic99
utvic99

My mistake, they withdrew it

Mabdullag131807
Mabdullag131807

Developing android pie firmware for the S7 edge isn’t that hard, because they already did with the Note FE which have identical hardware. So they should release abdroid Pie for the S7.

creative5
creative5

We everybody know that S7/S7edge can work with A9, because it is already done with port from Note FE, also lower models (like A6) works perfect with A9, but this is about samsung policy, nothing else. If they release A9 for s7, I´ll be very happy, because I have it already on my A6 (from work) and its superB. If not, there is still options for port from Note FE. We will see…

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