Other than purchasing a new phone, the second most exciting thing is getting a new software upgrade. An upgrade can sometimes seem like it renews your device…adding new features, improving battery life or maybe make it run faster and smoother. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is finally receiving the promised October upgrade to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop – maybe a little disappointing knowing that Android 6.0, Marshmallow, is right around the corner, but it is something to carry you through until that time arrives.
A tipster from our source sent in a screenshot from their Galaxy Note 4 receiving their 5.1.1 update, which should include a number of improvements – battery life and a number of bug fixes caused by the Android 5.1 codebase. Bell and Telus have received the first update notifications, but customers on other carriers should begin seeing the updates as well. The update itself is pretty hefty at 641.23MB so you might want to be hooked to Wi-Fi when you accept the update. If you are not seeing a notification, you can always check for software updates on your device to kind of ‘force’ the issue. Make sure you let us know what differences you see after the upgrade – good or bad.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was released a year ago this month and originally had Android 4.4.4 KitKat, so it has transitioned itself to the latest and last form of Lollipop 5.1.1. It was the last of the Note series to have a removable battery and internal memory expansion via a microSD card and the last of the ‘old’ design before Samsung eliminated the plastic and faux leather and moved to an all metal and glass design. It is the same 5.7-inch display as the Galaxy Note 5 – Samsung seems stuck on that size – and retained the same QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 515 pixels-per-inch.
The Galaxy Note 4 used the 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, and was the last of the 32-bit processors used in the Galaxy S or Note series. It was a quad-core affair clocked at 2.7GHz and hooked up to 3GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of internal memory, but had expansion capabilities. The Note 4 did use a 16MP sensor – the same size used today – for the main camera and a 3.7MP front-facing camera (FFC) for selfies and video chatting. A removable 3220mAh battery topped all this off. It is a great device and should be made even better by Lollipop 5.1.1.