The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is picking up its pace and we’ve seen a number of new details emerge this week for owners of the current flagship. With that in mind, we want to take a look at what you need to know this week about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release. This mini roundup will get you caught up to speed on the latest Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 developments.
Back in December, Samsung released a Galaxy S5 Lollipop update, its first. At the time, many people expected the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update to be next in line. Samsung typically updates its current flagships before updating former flagships. That did not happen.
Instead, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates were the next in line, much to the dismay of Galaxy Note 4 users in the United States and around the world. Fortunately, Galaxy Note 4 users only had to wait a few more days for Samsung to kick off its Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll out, a roll out that’s been ongoing since February.
Slowly but surely, the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release has been gaining steam. We’ve seen it land for several international variants and we’ve seen it land for a number of models in the United States.
For those of you that don’t follow along on a daily basis, keeping track of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop movements can be a very difficult task. There is a ton of information out there and that information can change in a split second.
This week alone we’ve seen a number of new developments and it’s our job to keep you in the loop. That’s why we want to take a look at the most important things we think you need to know, this week, about the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release in the United States and elsewhere.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Pushes Ahead
This week, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release has made significant progress. This is important because the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release had been at a bit of a standstill.
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is now pushing out to the SM-N910C in Brazil, the UAE, and the Baltic region. That might not seem big but when you consider the lack of progress this update has made, you’ll come to appreciate these roll outs a little bit more. And that’s not all either.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is also pushing out to the SM-N910G in India which means that Samsung’s made a significant push in the first two days of April. India is a huge market and there’s a feeling that these roll outs will be the catalyst for a much larger release this month.
Those of you in the international community will want to keep an eye out for the update this month. Most carriers remain mum in the buildup to their official Android update release dates which means that you may not find out about the upgrade until the day that it arrives. Remember, Samsung’s roll outs are very unpredictable and very random so there’s no telling where these updates will head next. Check once or twice a day but don’t become obsessed.
Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Rolling Out Now
Yesterday, Verizon surprised us all with a Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update. The carrier didn’t confirm any plans ahead of time which made yesterday’s release a revelation for its band of Galaxy Note 4 users.
Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is rolling out right now, we recently installed it on our Verizon Galaxy Note 4 variant, and it comes with a number of changes and enhancements including Google’s new Material Design. You’ll know you’re on Android 5.0 Lollipop if your UI is dominated by the color white.
We haven’t seen any major problems emerge yet, probably because the update is only a day old, but Verizon did issue this warning to Galaxy Note 4 users ahead of the roll out:
- The application memory areas may have to be optimized. This can take time and cause the device to temporarily use more battery while the optimization is in progress
- It can take time for the new software to optimize its performance and for the device’s battery life to normalize, which generally takes 2-3 days.
- Downloaded applications may not be optimized for the new OS version, as application developers do not immediately update their applications to support new versions of the OS. This may result in higher than normal battery drain, and in some cases device sluggishness, until the application is updated or removed.
Install the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update at your own risk.
Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release Will Expand in April
In addition to these new Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll outs, we recently got some details about another upcoming Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release. Canadian carrier Rogers has finally detailed a firm release window for its version of the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and it appears that it will land sometime this month.
A specific Rogers Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release date isn’t clear yet though with a Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release now confirmed for this month, there’s a good chance Rogers will join Bell in rolling out its Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update in the early goings. Rogers’ update, like the others, should bring significant changes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Canadian carriers typically release their updates right on top of one another so we expect all Canadian variants to get upgraded this month. Keep an eye out if you own a Canadian Galaxy Note 4 variant.
Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Problems Continue
Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems continue to be a problem for users in the international community and in the United States.
AT&T users are dealing with a number of Galaxy Note 4 problems. They include various Bluetooth problems, issues with private mode files, and battery drain issues. They’re complaining about issues with call blocking, random reboots, and issues with various applications. They’re also complaining about weak cellular signals, problems with the heartbeat sensor, and problems with the device’s GPS. There are a number of growing threads that contain tons of different complaints about the software.
While most of the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop issues are small, there are a few, battery drain in particular, that seem to be affecting quite a few people after the update’s release. So, you’ll want to be careful when your Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update arrives. Verizon users, we’re looking at you.
Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1 Update
While we wait for carriers and Samsung to address these Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems, it’s probably a good time to get acquainted with our fixes for common Lollipop problems and our guide to getting better Galaxy Note 4 battery life after Lollipop.
These fixes are especially important because this week, we heard that Samsung still doesn’t have the Android 5.1 update in development. This doesn’t mean that the update isn’t coming to the Galaxy Note 4 but it means that a release, if there is one, is far off in the distance.
Google’s Android 5.1 update is a massive bug fix update and one that solves a lot of major Lollipop issues. Unfortunately, for now, those of you who encounter Android 5.0 problems will have to rely on third-party fixes. Carriers will almost certainly roll out bug fix updates later this year but their release dates are extremely unpredictable.