A small number of hours ago, we received word that French Samsung Galaxy S6 devices were receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is around a week after the release for T-Mobile. At the time, the double curved S6 Edge was not yet receiving the update and in the past we’ve seen the S6 Edge receiving the update at the same time that the normal Galaxy S6, but it appeared that this would not be the case today. Luckily, a few hours after the Galaxy S6 release, the S6 Edge has received the same update to 5.1.1 Lollipop. This update is for model designation the SM-G925F, known as the international version of the S6 Edge. It brings the software version up to G925FXXU2BOFJ, but at the time of writing the update is only available for the device when plugged into Samsung KIES rather than an over the air, OTA, update.
There are a number of improvements associated with Android 5.1.1 over older versions, mostly performance improvements under the skin that have the device running quicker right off the reboot and not decelerating so much in use. Unfortunately, when Android 5.1.1 was released for the S6 models there were a small number of glitches or bugs including missing toggles. A hard reset could fix the issue although Samsung released a quick fix via an application (the QuickPanel Restore from the Galaxy Apps Store). Google have solved a number of issues in core Android including memory management. As a bonus, the camera now supports RAW photography and lower ISO modes (down to 50, the lowest possible on any digital camera and now smartphone), although these features are not yet supported by the default or stock camera Samsung application. Third party camera applications, such as Camera FV-5 or Snap Camera shows that the full camera2 API is working as it should be.
At the moment, the update is only available to devices sold in the United Kingdom and Ireland together with France and as we’ve said, it is only available via a wire and Samsung KIES. This is a reasonably significant update that is sure to be rolled out across other markets and via an over the air update over the coming weeks.