Earlier this month, we had reports of some pre-release builds of Samsung’s official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM for its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, being spotted in the wild. T-Mobile also reportedly started rolling out the final stable build to its users last week. Now, latest reports suggest that Samsung has started rolling out its latest update to its users internationally. Reports coming out of France earlier today indicate the much awaited update is being rolled out to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users in the country. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones were launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, and the current update will get the devices in line with Google’s latest stable release. While Google has already announced its next flavor of Android (dubbed Android M for now), that ROM is presently available for only a handful of Nexus devices officially.
As for the update itself, it is said to be 623 MB is size, and is mostly a bug-fix release from Google. The version however, does bring some interesting new features, which were hitherto not present natively in the 5.0 version of Android. Along with some minor changes in the TouchWiz user interface, the update will also bring support for an interesting feature in the camera app. The manual exposure control settings will now be available for users directly on the viewfinder, thereby simplifying the process of manually setting the exposure levels. As mentioned above, there are some minor changes in the UI as well, like the ability to remove certain redundant options from the notification shade.
However, it’s not all good news for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users. The previously reported memory-leak issue seems to persist even after the current update. If anything, the situation might have gotten worse, if reports are anything to go by. Users have been complaining on the net, how their devices are using up 58% RAM immediately on booting, even without any apps running in the background. Once the phone is in use, the RAM consumption reportedly shoots up to as much as 80%. It bears mentioning here, that both devices come with 3 GB RAM, so it’s indeed a cause for concern if that much RAM is being eaten up by the system. For the sake of the concerned users, Samsung will hopefully look to push out a remedial update to fix this bug sooner rather than later.