The Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Lollipop release date is finally here though as expected, it’s extremely limited in scope. With the Samsung Android 5.1.1 roll out now underway, we want to take a look at 10 things you need to know about the company’s next Lollipop release for Galaxy devices.
In April, Google began rolling out its Android 5.1.1 update to Nexus smartphones and tablets. The update is a follow-up to the Android 5.1 update that started rolling out in March and it fixes a number of issues with Android 5.1 and the Lollipop operating system. It’s a key update for Nexus smartphones and tablets and it’s an update that other Android manufacturers are starting to adopt.
For several weeks now, we’ve known about a Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release. Until today though, the update remained unreleased. That’s all changed and now we have our first look at Samsung’s highly anticipated Android 5.1.1 Lollipop release for Galaxy smartphones.
With the Samsung Android 5.1.1 release date here, it’s now time to take a look at the things Galaxy users need to know about the Android 5.1.1 update, an update that’s already touched down for two devices in the United States.
Prepare for the Update
The Samsung Android 5.1.1 Lollipop release date is here which means that now is a great time to prepare your device for the Android 5.1.1 update’s arrival.
T-Mobile users will absolutely want to prepare their Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge while those on other carriers can take a wait and see approach. Remember, Samsung’s Android roll outs are extremely random and unpredictable so you’ll want to be ready for your roll out.
Here are a few tips that will help you prepare for the Android 5.1.1 update. We’ll be back later in the week with some more details that will help you make the transition from whatever you’re on to Android 5.1.1:
- Take a look at common Android 5.1.1 problems and scout out fixes for those problems.
- Gather your logins, you might need them.
- Clean up your Galaxy phone before installing. Think of it as spring cleaning.
- Back up your files.
- Update your applications.
- Check in with IT if you’re using the phone for work.
Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Update
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update is currently rolling out to the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 in the United States. Yes, the United States is once again first to a major Android update from Samsung.
T-Mobile’s outlined what you need to know about its update here though the most important thing to note is that it’s available right now if you want to download and install it.
It’s not clear where this update will head next though we expect this to only be the beginning of a much wider roll out ahead of an Android M release for the Galaxy S6.
Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 Update
T-Mobile’s also first to the Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 update. The update’s, which are over 600MB in size, are very similar. The Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 update, like T-Mobile’s Galaxy S6 update, brings a number of bug fixes and enhancements to a device that’s expected to be among the first to Google’s new Android M update.
How to Update
If you’re looking to install the T-Mobile Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, you can sit back and wait for the software to roll out Over-the-Air. T-Mobile’s OTA updates typically roll out quickly and once it’s available, you’ll notice a prompt on your phone. If you want to skip the OTA, you can download the update right now and install manually.
A few things to know before you update:
- 50% or higher battery life necessary.
- Data connection is required.
- File size is 630.96 MB.
So, make sure your device is charged before you try and install and make sure you’re installing it over a fast connection. This is a massive update for both phones and it’s going to take awhile to complete.
One Major Fix
There are a number of bug fixes on board the update though there is on that’s worth singling out.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 updates include a way to get rid of the S Finder and Quick Connect shortcuts on the Quick Settings drop down menu.
While this might not sound like a huge change, ask any Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge user and they’ll tell you that it’s a huge fix.
T-Mobile’s two Android 5.1.1 updates come with various other improvements including:
- Black boxes in email is resolved
- Camera LED flashlight is resolved
- Check for Amazon error is resolved
- Failed to reboot – error message is resolved
- Fingerprint scanner improvements
- Various bug fixes and device improvements
We imagine that the change logs for other Android 5.1.1 updates will differ from T-Mobile’s. Carriers tend to tack on unique bug fixes and enhancements. We do expect any future Android 5.1.1 updates to be similar in that they fix a number of the problems that have plagued the devices since their release in April.
Other US Carriers MIA
We haven’t heard anything regarding the other major U.S. Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge carriers. AT&T, Verizon Sprint, and U.S. Cellular all remain silent about their plans for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
U.S. carriers will likely follow in T-Mobile’s footsteps and confirm these updates, if there are updates, on the day that the roll outs begin. We typically don’t see U.S. carriers announce release date details ahead of time.
More Android 5.1.1 Updates On the Way
While we don’t have a solid read on U.S. Android 5.1.1 release dates, we do have a read on updates in other parts of the world.
Canadian carrier says that it will be updating the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with Android 5.1.1 very soon. How soon, we’re not sure, but the carrier originally said June so we’re expecting imminent arrivals.
If Rogers and T-Mobile are rolling out updates, then you can expect other carriers in North America to roll out Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 updates down the road. You’ll just need to remain patient.
Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Release Date
The Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update is the only other Samsung Android 5.1.1 update that’s been outed ahead of its upcoming release.
Earlier this month, new Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 details from SamMobile emerged and it’s clear that the company is making progress with its other big Android 5.1.1 release.
The publication posted benchmarks for the new Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and it says that Samsung is now actively working on this upgrade in its testing labs.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update was previously rumored for July though it’s unclear just how big of a gap there might be between today’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 update and its roll out. Given that we haven’t seen any carriers confirm it outright, we wouldn’t expect an imminent roll out for the Note 4.
Samsung Android M Update
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that we still don’t know what will follow Android 5.1.1 though we suspect that it will probably be Android M.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed any Android M releases outright though with an Android M release from Google slated for Q3, we expect to see Samsung Android M details emerge in the near future and Samsung Android M updates to arrive before the end of the year.
Samsung typically starts with its flagship phones first which means that the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge will probably be first in line. Keep an eye out for Android 5.1.1 details but we recommend keeping a eye out for Android M details as well. They’re coming.