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Samsung Android 5.1.1 Release: 5 Things to Expect Now



The Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release continues to make its presence felt as we enter the month of September. Armed with new details, we want to take a look at a few things we expect from Samsung and the Android 5.1.1 release in September.

Believe it or not, Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.1.1 update started rolling out in June. Its been around for awhile. And while the company’s Android 5.1.1 release has been slow moving, we’ve finally see the update start to pick up as we enter the month of September.

While might not sound like a big deal, it is. Samsung’s Android 5.1.1 update comes loaded with enhancements, fixes and a patch for the Stagefright vulnerability. It’s a key update and one that’s probably worth a download.

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While the company has made progress, there are still many people on older versions of Lollipop. What’s worse is that Samsung and many of its carrier partners remain mum about upcoming Android 5.1.1 Lollipop updates for key devices.

With that silence in mind, we want to take a look at a few things we think you can expect from Samsung, its carrier partners and the Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release in September. This month should be an important one as it should feature the first official Android Marshmallow release details from Google.

More Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Updates

It’s clear that Samsung is focused in on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 updates. These were the company’s first Android 5.1.1 roll outs and we’ve seen a number of them land in the weeks since the initial June release. They’re more widespread than any other Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release.

We expect both updates to continue to pour out of Samsung’s servers in the month of September as the company pushes to get all of its variants updated in time for the inevitable release of Android Marshmallow.

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We’ve already seen several updates roll out this month and we expect more to follow. You’ll want to keep an eye on your carrier Android upgrade page if it has one. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to remain patient as Samsung works to upgrade hundreds of different Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants.

We expect most Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models to be updated with Android 5.1.1 before the month of September ends.

New Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Releases

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update is starting to pick up the pace and now that it’s hitting several international models, we expect Samsung’s roll out to pick up a ton of steam in the days ahead.

Samsung’s approach typically looks something like this:

  • Roll out a single update in a single region. In this case, the Sprint Galaxy Note 4 was the first to get the update.
  • A few weeks later, push out a few more updates. A few days ago, the international Galaxy Note 4 finally got Android 5.1.1.
  • Big push.

We haven’t seen any carriers confirm imminent Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 releases but now that the international variant is getting it, we’d expect to see new details, and new updates, start to arrive as Samsung gets its former flagship updated with new features and enhancements.

It’s difficult to predict exactly when updates will land so you’ll need to keep an eye out for an update or details regarding testing/release date.

Other Android 5.1.1 Updates

While we expect the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4 to be the focus of Samsung’s attention, we do expect the company to roll out other Android 5.1.1 updates in September.

We’ve already seen the Galaxy Grand Prime Android 5.1.1 update make some noise in September and we expect to see some of Samsung’s other devices make the move to Android 5.1.1. Candidates include the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy S5. We’d also expect the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Android 5.1.1 update to spread.


On the flip side, we wouldn’t expect devices like the Galaxy S4 to see a widespread Android 5.1.1 roll out. T-Mobile, a carrier that’s been extremely liberal with Galaxy Android 5.1.1 releases, recently updated the Galaxy S4 with a Stagefright fix that keeps it on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. And there’s a chance it will stay there.

It’s clear, at least to us, that Samsung’s being fairly selective about which devices will get Android 5.1.1 and older devices appear to be on the back burner for now. If you own a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3, temper your expectations moving forward.

Android 5.1.1 Problems to Continue

The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update fixes problems but it also brings some problems of its own. And we expect Android 5.1.1 to continue causing problems for Galaxy users in the month of September.

In June, we saw an initial round of complaints about Android 5.1.1. Battery drain emerged as a common problem though Samsung quickly issued a new version that shored up at least some of the problems.


As we’ve pushed deeper into the year, complaints about Android 5.1.1 have continued. We’ve also begun to see complaints from early Samsung Galaxy Note 5 adopters. The Galaxy Note 5 runs a unique version of Android 5.1.1.

You always assume some risk installing Android updates, even bug fixers like Android 5.1.1. This is why we always recommend doing a little prep work before installing.

If you do run into problems, expect some of these fixes to help.

Galaxy Android Marshmallow Details

And finally, we expect to hear more about what’s coming after Android 5.1.1.

With the release of the Android M Developer Preview 3, it’s clear that Google’s making progress with the Android Marshmallow update behind the scenes. And with a Nexus launch rumored for late September, it appears that we’re getting close to an official release.


Now that we’re close, we should start hearing more about Samsung’s plans for Android Marshmallow. This could come in the form of rumors or it could come in the form of an official confirmation after Google makes its plans known.

We’ve already seen some preliminary details emerge and we expect to see more information arrive as we approach launch. Last year we saw a number of leaks and teasers emerge shortly after Google’s Lollipop announcement. We’d expect the same this year as well.

Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Release: 7 Things We Learned in August

Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Release Progress

Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Release Progress

The first thing that we learned is that Samsung's clearly made the Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update, for the regular model and the Galaxy S6 Edge, a priority. 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update has rolled out in force throughout the month of August and it just recently landed for Verizon's versions of the two flagship smartphones.

It also recently landed for Galaxy S6 users on Vodafone Australia and a pair of other Australian carriers should get the update out soon. We expect to see progress continue as we push into September towards an Android Marshmallow update. 

If you haven't seen the update yet, stay patient. Samsung's had some problems behind the scenes though it appears that it has ironed those out. These are Samsung's healthiest Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Lollipop releases by far. 

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  1. Sid

    10/24/2015 at 10:15 am

    Should I update to 5.1.1 if my galaxy s5 is working fine? Could be more trouble than it’s worth???

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