We’ve been waiting and waiting for something official from Samsung about when we can expect some of their flagship devices to finally be updated to Android 6.0, and while there’s still nothing official from the company, a leaked roadmap seems to indicate that the first round of upgrades should happen in February. Keep in mind that the first set of leaks said updates should’ve happened back in December, so take everything with a grain of salt.
The first phase of devices, includes all of Samsung’s 2015 flagships (Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5) and the Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ will lead the way in February with the Marshmallow update, with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge seeing their updates in March. The GS6, Note 4, and Note Edge will round things out in March or April.
According to the leak, all of these updates for the devices have already been approved by Samsung, so all that’s left is to get carrier approval to begin pushing things out. We’ve seen that process take a decent amount of time, so don’t be surprised if things keep slipping out a little further.
Here’s hoping Samsung gets at least a few of their older devices updated before announcing the Galaxy S7.
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Marshmallow updates pushed back again, this time to February
Not many smartphones outside of Google’s Nexus devices have received the Marshmallow update. Interestingly, in Hungary, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners are reporting that the update is hitting handsets now.
One would think the Galaxy Note 5 should get the Marshmallow update first, however this is not the case in Hungary. Owners of the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 4 model from last year can now install the latest version of Android from Google. And just in case you don’t believe us, a screenshot has been uploaded thanks to NapiDroid.
The update brings all the newest tastes from Google such as doze mode, now-on-tap, individual app permissions, and more. In addition, the update also touches upon some of Samsung’s touchwiz capabilities. A new air command menu has been included as well as the ability to write white on black using the S Pen when the screen is locked, just like that on the Galaxy Note 5.
Now that Nexus devices and a slew of Android One handsets have been updated to Marshmallow, it’s only a matter of time before updates start rolling out to current flagships. Hopefully, those living in other places around the world will get the same feature enhancements that Hungarian users received on their Galaxy Note 4. Only time will tell.
Come comment on this article: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets updated to Marshmallow in Hungary before its successor
While many smartphone device owners anxiously wait for Android 6.0 Marshmallow to come to their devices, owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge on T-Mobile are starting to receive a slightly older update. T-Mobile is updating those devices to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which may seem like a disappointment for owners of devices that are just over a year old since release. Nevertheless, the update does include some new features from T-Mobile that may be welcomed by owners of the devices.
The update includes T-Mobile’s Advanced Messaging solution that utilizes a standard called Rich Communications Services (RCS) for text messaging. With Advanced Messaging, users can experience “near real-time chat,” they can see when others are typing and when messages are delivered or read, and photos or videos up to 10 MB in size can be sent.
The other addition is the availability of T-Mobile Video Calling. This feature does not require any additional app to make a video call. All that is needed is a compatible device on both ends of a call in order to make a video call. The dialer on a T-Mobile device with Video Calling will display a small camera on a contact’s entry to let users know the service is supported and available.
The latest updates can be installed over Wi-Fi or through Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung Kies. If you own one of these devices on T-Mobile’s network, you can hit the source links below for instructions on how to check your current version and start the process to install the update.
Come comment on this article: T-Mobile rolling out messaging improvements to Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge
Woot, as part of Black Friday, has started selling Unlocked variants of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 4. While they might not be Samsung’s newest offerings, the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 are still great performers today.
Woot is also selling some other smartphones, but they’re definitely much less impressive than the Samsung offerings.
Here’s what Woot is selling:
- Samsung Galaxy S5 – $199.99
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – $299.99
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – $179.99
- HTC One M8 – $169.99
- HTC One M7 – $99.99
- LG G2 – $92.99
Keep in mind that these are refurbished models, though that might not necessarily be a downside, as they’ve been inspected in greater detail than when coming right off the presses. The big benefit of this deal is that you’ll be able to get a relatively good high-end smartphone for cheap. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to save a lot of money by going prepaid with one of these unlocked handsets.
Come comment on this article: [Deal] Woot is selling unlocked Samsung handsets for under $300
The map is organized into phases, (Phase. 1) and (Phase. 2). If you bought a Samsung flagship either this year or last year, you’ll be happy to know that you’re at the top of the list for the update. Updates will start next month with the newly released Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Following will be the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge which launched back in March. They’re scheduled to get the update in January of 2016. Last year’s Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge will start receiving the update in February of next year, with the Galaxy S5 flagship and Galaxy Alpha to follow shortly after.
In phase 2, the handsets listed are awaiting official approval and are currently listed as N/A. However, if you own one of these handsets, at least you know you’ll be receiving the major update. The Galaxy A-series and E-series fit this category, which include the A9, A7, A5, A3, E7 and E5. If your device is not on this list, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost, but it will likely be just shy of a year before you get your hands on the update, if that even happens.
Please remember that if you live in the United States, owners of these devices will have to wait for carriers to roll-out the update which comes after the manufacturer. This typically takes another month or two before the update actually hits your device via OTA. So please add that to your estimations. You can check out the official Samsung roadmap pictured above for all the details.
Come comment on this article: Here’s when Samsung’s Galaxy devices will get the Marshmallow update
AT&T has finally started pushing out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 located in the United States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the latest version of the open-source operating system to the handset, as well as a much-needed patch for the Stagefright vulnerability.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
- Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
- Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
- notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
- you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
- you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
- very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
- when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
- you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
- New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
- Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
- Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
- Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
- Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
- Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
- Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process. Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
- Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data. Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop. Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key. You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.
As is the norm, this update is being distributed in stages. To see if it’s ready for your device head into Settings, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification prompting you to install the update.
Come comment on this article: AT&T starts pushing out Lollipop OTA for the Galaxy Note Edge & Galaxy Note 4
Finally after being on Android 5.0.1 for many months, the AT&T Note Edge and Note 4 are now receiving Android 5.1. I can confirm this information as I just downloaded and installed the latest update on my own personal Galaxy Note Edge from AT&T.
Both of the Samsung Note devices were announced in Sept. 2014, and released a month later in October. Both came with Android 4.4 installed which was quite stable. In the Spring of 2015, AT&T pushed out Google’s Android 5.0 to both variants giving users a taste of Material Design. With new releases of software come bugs, and boy was Android 5.0 bad. It had memory leak issues, battery life drain, terrible performance, overheating and a whole host of other issues.
It didn’t take Google long to address those problems for their own Nexus devices, but with updates being pushed out to manufacturers and then to cell carriers, it took Samsung and AT&T almost half a year longer to address those issues on their most premium phones. As a customer who paid almost a cool grand for their Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, I felt ripped off because my phone ran like a Galaxy S2 and was given no timeline of when my issues would be addressed.
Well the day has come, and the AT&T Note 4 and Note Edge is now getting the updates over the air. If you do have an AT&T Note, you should get a notification that the update is ready to install but if not you can check in the settings for the update yourself.
- Go to settings
- Click on the “General” tab
- The scroll to the bottom and click “About device”
- At the top of the screen you will see “Software Updates” which you need to click
- Follow the prompts
- Install Android 5.1
I haven’t used my Edge long enough since the update to know if it has fixed my battery issues, but I can tell you my phone is much quicker now. Now the next question I just have to ask Samsung and AT&T is, will the Notes get Android Marshmallow?
Let me know if the updates helped your Note’s performance and battery life in the comments section below.
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Samsung didn’t provide a changelog, probably leaving that up to AT&T when the carrier drops an official announcement later today or tomorrow. We’ll keep an eye out for when the update begins rolling out and post an official changelog, however, it’s not likely that much has been altered, given that Samsung’s TouchWiz skin overrides most of what Android 5.1.1 changes.
Fingers crossed it doesn’t take as long to get Android 6.0 as it has for Android 5.1.1 on these devices.
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T slated to get Android 5.1.1 tomorrow
If you’re in the market for Samsung’s super-sized flagship smartphone of 2014, the Galaxy Note 4, you may want to listen up as independent retailer ‘UsedPhoneOutlet’ has just kicked off a sale for the device on eBay. You can bag yourself a pre-owned, AT&T-branded 32GB LTE model for $299 while stock lasts.
For those thinking the Note 4 is now somewhat antiquated because it has a younger sibling on the market, it’s not. It’s a very powerful device that’s still able to compete with many of the current flagship smartphones, packing a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 805 Chipset, 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 420 GPU a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 3,220mAh battery.
If you like the sound of the Note 4 and would like to take advantage of this deal – hit the source link below.
Come comment on this article: [Deal] You can now pick up a pre-owned, AT&T-branded Note 4 for $299
Sources are indicating Samsung has a major update in the works that will be going out to the four flagship devices released this year – the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. According to individuals familiar with the update it is unusually large in size, especially when compared to the usual updates pushed out by Samsung. This has lead some to conclude Samsung may be preparing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to be issued to their devices and perhaps not too long after Google makes their official announcement.
According to some information on the firmware version numbers for the Galaxy S6 Edge, the device is being updated from G925FXXU2COH2 to G925FXXU3COI6. Sources indicate the change from “U2″ to “U3″ indicates significant changes to the user interface portion. However, that may not necessarily mean Android Marshmallow as significant user-facing changes could be part of some new features or improvements Samsung is rolling out for Android 5.1.1.
Sources have also mentioned the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will get Android Marshmallow, although there is no indication that the Note 4 is part of this pending update.
Come comment on this article: Major update, possibly Android Marshmallow, in the works for Samsung flagships