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Samsung looks to be testing Nougat for the Galaxy Note 5

by Killian Bell | December 2, 2016December 2, 2016 4:22 am PDT

The Galaxy Note 5’s Android 7.0 Nougat update could be arriving sooner than we initially expected. A handset running Google’s latest software has been spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench, which indicates Samsung is already testing the update.

With the Galaxy Note 7 now gone, the Note 5 is the most recent flagship phablet in Samsung’s lineup. This means the South Korean firm can focus its efforts on updating the device without developing new software for the Note 7 first.

Samsung has already been working on Nougat for the Galaxy S7 series, and public betas have been rolling out for weeks. Now it looks like a Note 5 update is right around the corner after a handset running Android 7.0 appeared on GFXBench.

It should be noted that it’s not too difficult to falsify GFXBench entries. However, other Samsung handsets — including the Galaxy S6 — have appeared on the site with Android 7.0 installed over the past couple of weeks.

It looks like Samsung is hard at work updating its devices and testing performance with Google’s latest software, then. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really tell us just how close these updates are to public or even beta releases.

Nevertheless, it’s a good sign that Samsung appears to be hard at work behind the scenes. We hope to hear more before the end of the year.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...