SAMSUNG Galaxy Nougat Update: Changing Your Icons Back

by on April 28, 2017

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Samsung S6My Samsung S6 just received the latest Android system update, version 7.0, called Nougat. It takes quite a while to update, so only let it do its thing when you’re fully charged up or near a power source.

There were a few interesting changes and a couple of Samsung updates you need to be aware of.

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The more obvious change was my ‘desktop’ icons all got changed under Nougat. If you do not like how they look, you can change them back by going to

‘Setting,’ then
‘Display,’ and then
‘Icon Frames.’

There you can select frames or no frames.

The battery interface in Nougat is different too. Now you can choose from two different power saving modes and you can now also set up a process called ‘App Power Monitor.’ Under that, you can select what apps can use your battery while the are not in use!

The camera seems different and faster too and starts up quicker, BUT IS SLOWER IN TAKING PICTURES. I have missed so many images in the last week alone because now the camera has to think about snapping a shot and decides to refocus on the scene after clicking the shutter button.  If you want to tinker around and are wondering how to get to the settings for your camera under Nougat, they made new ways to get to them.  All you have to do is

Swipe the camera screen to the right for camera options,
Swipe left for live filters,
Swipe up or down to turn the camera lens around for selfies.

It’s also been said that if you were having sluggish response issues with your Marshmallow-based phone, this update was going to fix that. It’s is reported to dealing with battery or speed issues, along with spotty Bluetooth or WiFi connections! Reportedly.

If you updated and hate what’s happened to your interface, before condoning Samsung, go take a look at your options to see if you can fix the issue. For instance, some are grumbling about the graphics and they’re hard to see. If that’s the case, head to

‘Settings,’
‘Display,’ and
Choose/look into ‘Screen zoom and font.’

There are a ton of other tidbits of updates, but these were the big ones I caught on to in an hour or so.

The Galaxy S6 Nougat update delivers Google’s and Samsung’s most recent security patches. { security.samsungmobile.com }

Your Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update introduces Samsung Pass, which is a service that acts as the master key to all of your various logins. Also, instead of a regular password/ID login, Samsung Pass uses the S6’s fingerprint scanner to allow access.

The ‘Data Saver‘ function will allow you to mediate the data usage of background apps, while also possibly saving you other issues like not actually downloading an image until you actually click on it.

Nougat will be installing access to the Samsung Cloud storage, which is great for backing up certain apps, Calendars and Notes. They say. It will give you 15GB of free storage space out there.

There’s a new feature called the ‘Blue Light Filter,’ which is supposed to help with viewing your screen at night so the brightness doesn’t blind you.

Nougat gives you the ability to put shortcuts to third-party apps in the ‘Quick Panel‘ at the top of the screen. I’m not totally excited by the changes to the Quick Panel, but hey, it’ll do.

But is Nougat right for you? They say there was never a Beta test before release, so the public is the beta tester and from what I’m seeing, some folks are not having a good time with it. BUT it’s been out in the wild for eight months, since August of 2016. If you want to update but are leery of losing or damaging any files or images on your phone, save them off your phone or to a ‘cloud’ just to be sure.

We’re also being reminded that our Galaxy S6 products are “aging devices,” where new apps and old hardware might not mix well. Then again, planned obsolescence is not a fairy tale either, as I found out with my Motorola! You could always wait until the first patch or bug fix comes out for Nougat before installing.

The biggest piece of advice one can give to anyone is to NOT INSTALL AN UPDATE IF YOU’RE TRAVELING!

If you do run into problems, I’m seeing references to a thing called Odin, which can help you reinstall older versions of the OS on your phone. But that’s a ‘use at your own risk’ thing! { odindownload }

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I installed it and I haven’t encountered any of the issues that others are grumbling about like faster battery drain, phone locking up in calls, etc., but everyone’s “mileage may vary!”

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