1. bkrell's Avatar
    Everywhere announcing it's coming to the S7 and S7 Edge. I can't remember from when I had my 4 Active how much of a lag there was...
    01-12-2017 10:21 AM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Unfortunately there hasn't been any official word from Samsung, let alone carriers, on when exactly these are coming, and since the Active (if I'm not mistaken) is an AT&T thing, they're the ones that should release the update. For the S7/S7 Edge it allegedly is coming this month (and some users HAVE received the final build already), so unless AT&T slacks too much, it shouldn't take terribly long for the Active to see an update since it's basically the same phone.
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    01-12-2017 10:38 AM
  3. jimd1050's Avatar
    From "The Android Soul" (don't know how reliable they are) "AT&T Galaxy S7 Active - Nougat: expected release date: April-May 2017.

    Don't shoot the Messenger but I wouldn't doubt it at all! Hell, I can wait... I still have to wait until fall of 2017 for my Note 8 so "waiting" and "patience" are going to be the new things for 2017 for me!
    01-12-2017 01:20 PM
  4. bkrell's Avatar
    Hah! That's cool. Hope I still have the phone by then. Battery drain and lag has been atrocious. Been tempted to fish my water-logged 6 Plus out of the drawer.
    01-12-2017 03:21 PM
  5. jimd1050's Avatar
    Hah! That's cool. Hope I still have the phone by then. Battery drain and lag has been atrocious. Been tempted to fish my water-logged 6 Plus out of the drawer.
    ??? Because I no longer have my Note 7 (and it's better than my Note 5, that's why I bought it!), I basically told myself I JUST have a smartphone and I guess I don't use it as much as I did my Notes. However, I see no lag and the battery has been excellent for me... as a matter of fact, probably the best Android phone I've had yet for battery life! Maybe I'm just not doing enough to create your "atrocious" drain, but I'm not experiencing your problems!
    01-13-2017 09:18 AM
  6. bkrell's Avatar
    Yeah I know. I think we've had this convo before. My battery life stinks. I use Facebook a lot for persoanal and my wife's business page. Something about FB's apps taxes my Samsungs' batteries a lot more than it ever does my the iPhones I've had. Maybe that's it. I also keep most of the google stuff enabled. When I switch to power saving mode, my bat. life is a lot better. Right now I'm at 78% battery life after taking my phone off the charger 5 hrs ago and that's pretty exceptional for this phone lately. A couple of days this week I was at 40% by lunch. I thought it was because I had a Gear S2 Smartwatch that was tethered to it and all the associated synching involved. Ditched it and it's still a fairly fast-draining phone for me.
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    01-13-2017 10:17 AM
  7. Aquila's Avatar
    Best guess is June or July 2017
    01-13-2017 10:25 AM
  8. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Yup, the FB apps have always been battery hogs in Android (remember, the team that does iOS is a separate entity) and FB has even admitted that, for some random users, they do introduce bugs on purpose to evaluate reactions and feature use. If you use FB a lot, you might try to look at either using the mobile site (which you can still get notifications from via Chrome) or a 3rd Party FB app.
    01-13-2017 11:18 AM
  9. jlczl's Avatar
    Hah! That's cool. Hope I still have the phone by then. Battery drain and lag has been atrocious. Been tempted to fish my water-logged 6 Plus out of the drawer.
    It's amazing how different usage scenarios affect battery life. My battery life is absolutely amazing. Now my S7 active is no longer my primary phone, it is my back up but on the current battery cycle it looks like I will probably get at least four days with about 1 to 2 hours of screen on time. Perfect for me.

    To stay on topic though, I'm in no hurry for the new nougat release since marshmallow is perfectly good as it is.
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    01-13-2017 03:01 PM
  10. jimd1050's Avatar
    To stay on topic though, I'm in no hurry for the new Nougat release since Marshmallow is perfectly good as it is.
    Yeah but... we ALL eventually need something NEW to COMPLAIN about!

    So when do we get Nougat?-laugh.jpg
    01-13-2017 10:48 PM
  11. Matty's Avatar
    Since the Galaxy S7 Active is an exclusive deal with AT&T, this means even if Samsung releases the update for the standard and edge variant of the S7, it's up to AT&T to release it for their device. So I presume it will take a little longer but hopefully before March we can get the update.

    Maybe send a message to AT&T and ask.

    A droid a day keeps the Apple away
    01-14-2017 06:23 AM
  12. Morty2264's Avatar
    Hopefully it comes soon! I'm in Canada so I have no clue when it's coming to my area... .
    01-14-2017 09:42 AM
  13. Mal Lignant Tumor's Avatar
    Maybe send a message to AT&T and ask.
    Yeah, right! Like that's gonna get an answer that's less than 2 steps beyond BS, if you even get an answer.
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    01-14-2017 03:41 PM
  14. jimd1050's Avatar
    Forget about March Matty - the article I read that said April/May and what Aquila said about June/July are much more realistic for a one-off, single carrier phone like we've got here. "Patience" is going to be the word for the next six months, unfortunately!
    01-16-2017 12:22 PM
  15. lafountain's Avatar
    Based on the history of the Active series, safe bet will be about 6 months after AT&T updates the S7 and S7 Edge.
    01-18-2017 06:58 AM
  16. Cricket Jiminy's Avatar
    New to this little forum. I got the S7 Active the very day it went into AT&T... and on that same day, I got it unlocked and put it on Cricket. Before I had gone back and forth between the S7 Flat and S7 Edge. The Flat had a tiny battery, and the Edge I kept reading was super fragile. So that is why I went for the S7 Active.

    I was very disappointed to find out that the S7 Active were not that waterproof (not like advertised), and I had to drown my phone to get it replaced with a proper one. Now I am very disappointed that Nougat is taking forever to update. The unexcusable glacial speed of Samsung updates has been enough to make me swear off Samsung.

    BKRel, I have pretty much the same battery life as you do in my S7. Rather disappointing. I too have a Gear S2 tethered to mine. I am really looking forward to the Nougat option with the dialed-down display which might mean extra battery life.
    01-20-2017 09:38 PM
  17. jlczl's Avatar
    In my experience Android devices, especially Samsung, usually run best on the version of the OS they were released on and actually begin to under-perform when updated to the next. As a matter of fact I have a Note 4 that is a beast running a custom KitKat ROM. I did try it on Lollipop but went back to KK while I still could. At any rate, that is why I do not yearn for what the next version promises.
    01-21-2017 03:33 PM
  18. jimd1050's Avatar
    Well... if, and I'll emphasize IF you're adventurous, you can have it now. I loaded it tonight and the phone is up and running fine - smooth, clean, no glitches, no errors, no lag... sweet! Android 7.0 - G891AUCU2BPL4... got the .zip file from XDA Developers site, put it in the root directory of the SD Card on my phone, then just used the "Apply Update from SD Card" command from the same Menu where you "Clear Cache" from. Took about an hour and a half to do the install and "Restore" my Apps, Data, etc from 6.0.1. *TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK* Just because it worked for me, doesn't mean it's going to work for everyone - I've done this many times in the past with several other phones so I am used to it.
    01-25-2017 11:21 PM
  19. jimd1050's Avatar
    So when do we get Nougat?-nougat_1.jpgSo when do we get Nougat?-nougat_2.jpgSo when do we get Nougat?-nougat_3.jpg
    Attached Thumbnails So when do we get Nougat?-nougat_1.jpg  
    01-25-2017 11:37 PM
  20. Mal Lignant Tumor's Avatar
    My insider source at AT&T told me the S7 Active will get Android 7.0x on May 17th, but it could be earlier and maybe even delayed until past that date.
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    01-26-2017 01:28 PM
  21. jimd1050's Avatar
    My insider source at AT&T told me the S7 Active will get Android 7.0x on May 17th, but it could be earlier and maybe even delayed until past that date.
    Well, that's a far cry better than June/July like we were all thinking. It's pretty slick... so far battery performance seems the same. Don't notice any increase but I've been doing a lot of re-initializing apps, etc. so I haven't had much time yet to pay attention to the nuances of the OS itself. I'm about to do a "Clear Cache" just to get rid of the junk that's probably built up from the last 10 or 11 hours of me playing and adjusting! Never hurts!
    01-26-2017 01:48 PM
  22. jimd1050's Avatar
    O.K., so the battery performance through the night is identical to Marshmallow - 100% down to 96% from 11:00 PM to 8:30 AM - exactly the same! During the day, now that I've gotten over the newness of the OS and it's become routine, I am noticing a bit LESS battery performance however? The only thing I really notice on the "Battery Usage" screen is "Google Services" that I'm not sure why it's using battery when I'm not asking it to. I just "Force Stopped" it to see if it starts itself back up, or if I am missing any functions, or if the battery life improves. I never noticed that in Marshmallow so that could be it... but then again, maybe Nougat needs it for something, who knows. I will keep everyone updated! That's it for now... everything else is extraordinarily SMOOTH!

    So when do we get Nougat?-laugh_b.jpg
    01-29-2017 02:27 PM
  23. bkrell's Avatar
    Missed all these updates to my topic. My battery life fluctuates. For a week or two, it'll be great. Then it'll just seem to go off a cliff for a while. The last couple of days, I've had to put it on the charger in the afternoon for fear of the phone dying before I can make it home. Nothing is really standing out on the usage monitor screen. Android OS and Android system are my biggest power users at 21% and 18%. The screen at 15%, Google services at 11% and Facebook at 5%. It's 11:30 and the phone is at 65%. I took it off the charger at 5 am. Spent about 30 mins on FB and have sporadically looked at a few notifications since then.

    I'm used to it, though. I work in a rural area with sub-optimal cell coverage but we have a booster installed in the building so my signal isn't usually terrible.

    FWIW, software update says I have something ready to download right now. Another monthly security patch?
    02-08-2017 11:28 AM
  24. jimd1050's Avatar
    Missed all these updates to my topic. My battery life fluctuates. For a week or two, it'll be great. Then it'll just seem to go off a cliff for a while. The last couple of days, I've had to put it on the charger in the afternoon for fear of the phone dying before I can make it home. Nothing is really standing out on the usage monitor screen. Android OS and Android system are my biggest power users at 21% and 18%. The screen at 15%, Google services at 11% and Facebook at 5%. It's 11:30 and the phone is at 65%. I took it off the charger at 5 am. Spent about 30 mins on FB and have sporadically looked at a few notifications since then.

    I'm used to it, though. I work in a rural area with sub-optimal cell coverage but we have a booster installed in the building so my signal isn't usually terrible.

    FWIW, software update says I have something ready to download right now. Another monthly security patch?
    That's a problem with updating to Nougat - when the AT&T Server looks at my phone, it can't figure out why I am running that and just says "Current Software is up to date". I probably won't get any more Security Updates or Patches until Nougat is actually released. Then my phone will look like all the others and it'll Sync back up. My Nougat Copy is an actual AT&T Version, just procured through questionable means, I guess!
    02-08-2017 04:46 PM

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