Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users in Kenya receiving Android Nougat update

In the absence of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy Note 5, which launched way back in 2015, is Samsung’s latest device in its Galaxy Note smartphone series. As such, it remains a top priority for the Korean company even as it prepares to start shipping the Galaxy S8, its latest and greatest smartphone, to users around the world.

Over the last few weeks, users of the device around the world have been reporting receiving the long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update and, finally, it’s the turn of those in Kenya to do so as well.

The update is reportedly rolling out to users in Kenya starting late last week for the C model (SM-N920C). Samsung availed the C model in the Kenyan market in 2015 just like it had done a year earlier when it unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 even though other models have since become available. Officially, the update has been available since March 28th for users in Kenya and it has a build date of March 9th with a March 1st Android security patch level date.

Kenya was the second Sub-Saharan Africa nation to receive the update after South Africa. Nigeria is the third. Up North, Galaxy Note 5 users in Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia have also received the update.

The update, which totals nearly 1.3GB (so you’ll need to be on Wi-Fi) is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update to users in the region with compatible hardware and existing software that has not been tampered with.

The Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update brings with it a new user experience among other enhancements.

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Samsung has also been updating the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, its immediate former flagship smartphone, to Android 7.

As per the latest statistics from Google, the global market share for Android 7 is just a little shy of hitting the 5% mark at a time when the company has already started testing its next version of Android, O. By the time Android O arrives later in the year, however, it is unlikely that Samsung will be considering the Galaxy Note 5 for yet another update since the device would have already surpassed the 2-year ceiling that Samsung gives to users of its premium devices to receive software updates.

 

Thanks Benson for the tip and permission to use the above screenshots.

Emmanuel Chenze

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