Gone but not forgotten: a little part of the Note 7 lives on in the Galaxy S7

The great Galaxy Note 7 may have gone up in smoke, but Samsung is treating owners of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (some of whom may have been given one of the flagships as a Note 7 replacement) to a few of the larger phone's features.

The latest software pushed to the S7 and S7 Edge adds an extra level of customisation to the always-on display screen - something that was available on the Note 7.

Users are reporting that there are some broken features, and there's no S Pen support, but this seems to be a fairly faithful port of the OS that was running on Samsung's ill-fated phablet, a least as far as the always-on display goes. Presumably a few of the bugs will be tidied up further down the line.

Rest in pieces, Note 7

It makes a lot of sense for Samsung to bring as many of the Note 7's features over as it can - after all, shoppers in the market for a high-end smartphone from the South Korean company only have the S7 and S7 Edge to pick from for the time being.

As you might expect, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is already in the works, but it's going to be a while before that sees the light of day - the latest speculation puts the launch date at the end of February or thereabouts.

In the meantime Samsung is going to be busy managing the fallout from the Note 7's sad demise. It's good to know that a tiny piece of what was an excellent handset lives on.

David Nield
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Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.