It was back near September 1 that we announced that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were receiving their Android 5.1.1 in Canada. Rogers stopped the update when users started to report new bugs popping up. Supposedly, Rogers worked with Samsung to fix these issues and they resumed with an OTA this week to fix those earlier issues, but it looked like there were more issues cropping up. As some seemed to be experiencing their Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s battery taking a big hit and draining much faster, but the most complaints involve the inability to send SMS or MMS messages, and even problems making regular phone calls. A faster draining battery is one thing, but not to be able to make a basic phone call or send text messages on a smartphone is rather unforgiving.
Our friends at MobileSyrup reached out to Rogers, who explained that they were experiencing issues with SMS and MMS messaging, but that it was a network problem that occurred yesterday and not a problem with the Android 5.1.1 upgrade. They issued the statement, “Some customers may have experienced issues sending/receiving SMS’s for a short time yesterday evening – service was quickly restored and we apologize for any inconvenience it might have caused. The issue was not specific to the Android 5.1.1 update [on] the S6 and S6 edge devices.”
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge redefined Samsung’s new design philosophy and arrived with both critical applause for the new elegant glass and metal design and the dual curved edge on the S6 Edge model, but also received much criticism for removing the microSD card slot for internal memory expansion and also the lack of a removable battery. These were both mainstays for Samsung and one of the reasons people purchased a Galaxy S series device. Samsung was also criticized for using even a smaller battery, but then praised for incorporating built-in wireless charging for both the Qi and PMA formats. Another area of criticism was the lack of dust and waterproofing, especially since they sealed up the back. However, they are a formidable device with eir premium design, beautiful display and processing power.