Interesting Galaxy S7 Observation

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Samsung makes a variety of its flagship devices as they need to meet a variety of different world network standards such as HSPA, LTE and the old CDMA. Some US carriers still support CDMA but it is mostly retired in Canada now. Up to now Canada has gotten the North American version which had a slower process needed to bring a chipset with CDMA support. That has changed with the S7 series though where Canada is getting the global model with a better processor while the US will still get its market specific version.

This is good news as it means more powerful phone the downside might be slower updates for Canadians though.
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Interesting point, thanks Cory.  Time will tell if the updates are, as suspected, slower for Canadians for the S7's. 
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It's hard to say as the hardware itself should be the same as Samsung's home market (Korea) and the UK and Australia, two other big English speaking markets but it has yet to be seen what this all means for localizations.
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Is Marshmallow coming shipped with the new S7 devices on MTS?
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Here is what the MTS spec page says about the o/s for the Galaxy S7:

Operating System Version: Android 6 Marshmallow
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Interesting, so Marshmallow is working on the MTS network..as is on other Canadian carriers, and hardware is wholly different, yet along the same lines the same in the S7 vs S6 series, and Marshmallow for the Canadian carriers has been pushed back multiple times already. Just an interesting thing to note, as is on the same page as talking about updates.
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The 2015 Samsung lineup (S6, Note 5, etc) used a different chipset that supported the Verizon and Sprint networks which still have CDMA elements. The reports on Marshmallow sound like a piece of the base layer software called the radio is breaking network access on the 2015 devices causing the rollouts to be pushed back repeatedly.

For the 2016 Samsung lineup, S7 included, all of Canada is interestingly getting the more global model. It has HSPA and LTE radios but no CDMA this time. My understanding is this hardware is similar or identical to what is used in Samsung's home market of South Korea and in Europe. It will also roam fine in the States except where CDMA is the only network choice.

Going forward this change in hardware should make updates to say Android N come quicker. The one trade off could be is that Canada is a smaller market now compared to the larger NA market that included the US. This could put localization (language translation) further back on the list. It is possible they will do the localization for EU including Britian and France and then use those as sources with the original Korean for the Canadian localization. Reusing the work like that could help shorten the time to market. Where we are at now though is very unprecedented for Samsung.
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My understanding was that most, if not all Canadian HSPA devices roamed on either AT&T or T-Mobile in the US.  Lack of CDMA support wouldn't be an issue, since neither of these providers use it.  
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The problem with a Canadian S6 though is it has the CDMA hardware built in as only one model was sold in all of North America. What I have read is that this chipset is actually having notable issues with LTE causing the rollouts to be pushed back.

Going forward, Canada is going to be a much smaller market. Each update needs to go through a localization process, mostly to address on screen language. That said it also includes any tweaks needed for local network operations. As the S7 can no longer fully leverage the work of the globally large US carriers on localizations it could further delay upgrades in Canada. Time will tell.