Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat update

About three weeks ago, Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 users started receiving an update to Android 7.0 Nougat, suggesting that it won’t be long before the update rolls out to the Galaxy J5 2016.

While everyone was looking forward to an update that carries Android 7.0 Nougat, Samsung has surprised many by rolling out the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the Galaxy J5 2016, making it the first unlocked Sammy phone to receive this OS. The same treat has been given to AT&T’s Galaxy J3 2016 and Verizon’s Galaxy Tab E 8.0, both of which are locked to the two American wireless carriers.

One thing you need to know, however, is that the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat has only been confirmed for those using the Galaxy J5 2016 in Poland. The region in question has a J5 2016 variant with model number SM-J510F and thus the update carries build number J510FNXXU2BQJ8. In addition to installing v7.1.1 of the Nougat OS, the update also installs the new Samsung Experience 8.5 skin, which is the same as the one found on the new Galaxy Note 8 out of the box.

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016

With the new Experience 8.5 skin, you get to enjoy superior integration with Samsung Cloud, an improved Device Manager as well as shutter button zooming for the Camera.

Since the update is rolling out in Poland, it will take some days or weeks before other markets, including Kenya, join the party. Still, you can try checking for the availability of the OS on your Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 by heading to Settings>About device>Download updates manually. Remember, this isn’t a small upgrade and as such, you’ll need a stable Wi-Fi connection before downloading it. Also, make sure your phone has at least 50% battery power or connect to a power source before proceeding with the upgrade process.

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