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Could the Galaxy A7 (2017) be getting its Android Pie update soon?

There was little hope for the Galaxy A7 (2017) Android Pie update. That’s because this device has already received two major OS updates since it was launched with Marshmallow out of the box. It got Android 7.0 Nougat in 2017 and Android 8.0 Oreo in 2018. That should have been it but there’s something which might give some hope to Galaxy A7 (2017) owners.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified a Galaxy A7 (2017) running Android 9.0 Pie. It’s out of the ordinary since this doesn’t happen for phones that have received the two major OS updates that they’re entitled to. Could it really be getting a third major update?

Galaxy A7 (2017) certified with Android 9.0 Pie

Certifications from the Wi-FI Alliance are normally a good indication of impending updates. They usually surface a couple of weeks before the update itself is rolled out. This should, at least in theory, mean that the Galaxy A7 (2017) bearing model number SM-A720F will be getting Android 9 Pie soon.

There may be more here than meets the eye. Some of you might remember that a similar certification was spotted for the Galaxy S7 two months ago. The listing was later amended but for a hot minute, it seemed like the Wi-Fi Alliance had certified a Galaxy S7 with Android 9 Pie. We all know that there’s a slim chance of that device getting a third major update despite the fact that it’s a former flagship.

There was a logical explanation for that listing which hinted at an internal mixup. The Galaxy S7 with model number SM-G930F was listed with Android Pie and soon retracted. The SM-G390F, the model number for the Galaxy XCover 4, later surfaced with Pie merely hours after the Galaxy S7 certification was retracted. This suggested that there had perhaps been an oversight which had been addressed.

The same can’t be said for this Galaxy A7 (2017) certification. There’s no obvious contender here with which the model number has been mixed up. So either this is more than just a typo or there really is an official Android Pie build for this device. I’m sure those who own this device will be keeping their fingers crossed for the latter.

We’ll keep an eye out just in case and will update if there’s more evidence about the Galaxy A7 (2017) Android Pie update, no matter how unlikely it seems.

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FilipeJPDC
FilipeJPDC

What about the a5 2017 and a3 2017? the same thing happened to those devices.
The A7/A5/A3 2017 only received the 2017 software which is android 8 and came out of the box in 2017 with 2015 software android 6.
This just ain’t right.
The same unfairness will happen to the a8 2018: it’s going to receive only the 2018 software which is android pie and came out of the box with the outdated android 7 instead of android 8.

So at the end none of those devices receive software from the year after their release.

Celso09
Celso09

Interesting

Celso09
Celso09

When it is certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, it usually does not fail.
The Galaxy S5 Mini is a great example of this, considering that the chances of this device getting Android Marshmallow were low, but got it.

LTAA
LTAA

if J7 ’17 got it, then it should have been already available for the more expensive A7, as well as the more capable S7 series and Note 5. wth samsung?

Sotirisdim4
Sotirisdim4

If only it could be the same for the rest of A Series 2017… If A7 gets it then A5 should also because they have the same CPU and A3 has the same CPU as J6 2018 (a device that got Pie) so you never know 🤷‍♀️

fcaroll
fcaroll

This is great news. I think a perfectly (completely) optimized android version would be the best thing even if it’s not the latest at this point in time, for example I’d be happy to keep the old Oreo on my phone if it was decently optimized. It has not happened yet so a third major upgrade would still be a good thing

personanongrataf
personanongrataf

Please make this real god, I’m begging of you

Olijam9
Olijam9

the galaxy j5 prime could accept the android pie why not since the a7 came out of the box with android 6.0.1. It will require the android 9 the galaxy j5 prime

avinash_jha
avinash_jha

Good luck with that !!! Maybe 4 years later if they at all plan now to update. My S10+ is still on April update. Galaxy Watch still hasn’t got One UI update. And these are the latest iterations in respective product lines.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Where are you based? S10+ update is out in plenty of countries already.

raresborcea
raresborcea

Well, if an A series receives two major updates (now it seems like three), then a phone like the Note8 should really receive at least three major OS updates.

Andrei603
Andrei603

And a flagship isn’t worthy to get Pie(S7 series),but this midrange is. This is ridiculous.. If the S7 didn’t get it,A7 won’t get it either

mathewsmons
mathewsmons

Android 6.0 – Marshmallow released on October 5, 2015
Galaxy s7- Announced February 2016 – shipped with marshmallow

Android 7.0 – Nougat released on August 22, 2016
Galaxy A5/A7 2017 Announced January 2017 – shipped with marshmallow

Facts.