Nothing brings excitement like a new software upgrade, although anything less than the most recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow is kind of a letdown, but good things come to those who wait. For now, Canadian owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will have to be satisfied receiving the latest and last version of Lollipop – Android 5.1.1. The upgrade was expected in October, and thanks to a tipster and our source, we are happy to say that devices on Bell, Telus, SaskTel and Wind Mobile customers are reporting the OTA updates, and others should soon be following. In a hurry (aren’t we all), you can always do a manual check to see if it is there waiting by going into Menu, Settings, About Device, Software Update and Update. The update is over 641MB in size and should give you a number of improvements – in the performance and battery area – and a number of code fixes.
The Galaxy Note 4 is still a very popular device even though the new Galaxy Note 5 has arrived on the scene. The Note 4, while still using a faux leather backing, introduced the real metal frame, and together they made for a truly premium looking device. It is also the last model to have a removable battery and expandable internal storage – two mainstays of the Galaxy Note line since Samsung introduced the first Galaxy Note. The S-Pen, though not up to the Galaxy Note 5’s standards was a great improvement over the Note 3’s. It is also the first of the Note series to receive Samsung’s Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 515 pixels-per-inch (PPI). It is still running a 32-bit processor – the Snapdragon 805 quad-core – an excellent choice with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
The Galaxy Note 4 introduced their 16MP sensor on the main camera along with autofocus, LED flash, OIS+ and Live HDR shooting. The main camera was coupled to a 3.7MP front-facing camera (FFC) with a wide-angled lens for great group selfies or conference room video chatting. The Note 4 was also the last big battery…a 3220mAh that was reduced in the Galaxy Note 5 to only 3000mAh…and it was removable as well. It was also the last Galaxy Note device with a built-in IR Blaster. Because of these features, many Note 4 owners are opting to stay and not upgrade to the Galaxy Note 5.