We noticed that Samsung is only bringing Android 7.0 to devices rather than 7.1.1/7.1.2, and for those that get the new Samsung Experience user interface, the company is bringing over version 8.1 as seen on the Galaxy S8. Why even the Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t come with 7.1.2 ?
Samsung Experience Version 8.5 is exclusive to the Galaxy Note 8 and other devices that launched this month. While Android 8.0 Oreo will be the next major update for Samsung devices.
But now it’s looking Android 7.0 Nougat is likely to be the last version of Android for any Samsung device not slated to get Android 8.0 Oreo. The same goes for the new Samsung Experience UX. If it hasn’t come to your device with Nougat, it’s possible it will only arrive with Oreo, or consider it last.
Nougat 7.0 is what your phone or tablet, if it has received an update to Nougat, will be stuck on for the rest of its life. That’s if it isn’t set to get Oreo, which is going to be the case for a slew of devices.
It is bad being stuck on 7.0. Android Versions 7.1 and 7.1.1 of Nougat have features and changes mostly specific to Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices, and those targeting developers. But it doesn’t look possible at this point for anyone expecting to see their Galaxy phone or tablet jump from Android 7.0 to Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2.
There should be reason to leave this update and I think we got one. Samsung already implemented most of the under-the-hood changes in 7.0 without changing the version number. Android 7.1.2, meanwhile, is pretty much only for Google and Pixel devices.
For some features, such as the ability to long-press on an app shortcut on the home screen and accessing quick functionality, you can take a look at third-party launchers such as Google Now Launcher and Nova Launcher.