The Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the finest smartphones of 2015, offering a bleeding edge, powerful and energy efficient Samsung Exynos System-on-Chip (SoC), 3 GB of main memory, a superhigh resolution AMOLE screen and a choice of 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage capacities. The device also comes with Qi wireless charging, a 16MP rear camera and high speed (wired) charging. The S5 launched on Android Lollipop and so far, Samsung have worked hard to keep the device up to date. To this end, yesterday Samsung released the update to Android 5.1.1 for French Samsung Galaxy S6 devices. Later on, it was released for the Galaxy S6 Edge from the United Kingdom, Ireland and France and today the source, SamMobile, has grabbed a full copy of the ROM and hosted it on their servers. This ROM is for the unlocked Galaxy S6 and in theory, if you have a European unlocked Galaxy S6 (model number SM-G920F), you should be able to go right ahead and flash the full ROM to your device without waiting for either Samsung KIES to pick up the update or your device’s over the air to spot the new software and download it.
There are several new features with Android 5.1.1 over older versions. The first is that Google have fixed a number of issues within Android, mostly around the performance and memory handling sides of the operating system that should both improve performance after a reboot… and keep performance smooth and consistent as you use the smartphone. There are some other changes to the software on the device, in particular Samsung have changed the TouchWiz launcher to allow the option to sort apps alphabetically. A little deeper under the skin, the Galaxy S6’s camera has seen some improvements with the ability to drop the ISO to 50, giving the Galaxy S6 the lowest ISO score of all smartphones and digital cameras, plus the ability to take photographs in raw mode. As a point of interest, the stock Samsung camera does not yet support raw imagery but third party photography applications do and it seems a sure bet that Samsung will make this improvement in due course.
With Android 5.1.1, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is now running the latest and most current version of Android. We are expecting Samsung to work on 5.1.1 for older devices in the Galaxy range too, likely the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 will be the next devices to receive the update.