Nov 28, 2016 05:50 AM EST

Android Nougat 7.1 Available For Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 via Beta-Stage Custom ROMs

By JC Santos

Samsung Galaxy S4 and S6 power Android users are in for a treat as renowned Android ROM Developer "Team Android" reveals their custom Android Nougat 7.1 beta-stage AOSP ROM for the aforementioned Samsung models. "Team Android" specifically detailed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE Model 19505 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Model 6900F are the only models they have Nougat ROMs ready and working smoothly.

Reported by Inquistr.com, "Team Android's" beta Android Nougat 7.1 beta-stage custom ROM still contains bugs needing the developer's attention such as the 1080p video recording for Samsung Galaxy S5. Aside from this hardware issue, the developer said "...otherwise, the ROM is quite perfect and runs smooth." The Samsung Galaxy S4 Nougat will require a Substratum ROM based on AOSP firmware if they choose not to use a custom ROM update.

Android power users can download sustom ROMs that give them better device performance and personalized options the manufacturer's original Android OS could not provide -- a major selling point for iOS' rival. Android Nougat 7.1 has yet to arrive for newer Samsung models unless "Team Android" or other Android developers attempt to take on and create custom ROMs based on Nougat for these devices. ROM installation itself can be difficult without proper instructions.

The new features of the Android Nougat 7.1 OS are numerous. One is the "Moves" menu that records functions tied with certain gestures the device recognizes -- which can be useful for taking selfies or taking group photos without depending anymore on a timer or selfie stick. Here is a full list of the features and models to use an official manufacturer-developed Android Nougat OS.

Google's Nexus Devices in Australia issued by Vodafone are the first ones to receive an official Android Nougat 7.1 update -- with a major caveat. Reported by IBTimes.com, the update is available only to 10,000 Vodafone Google Nexus users. The update is about 650MB and the randomly-selected users would receive the first updates by December 9 to 23 of 2016.

It may be a while until everyone moves on from Android Marshmallow to Nougat. For more news updates on Android and Android OS development, stay tuned!

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