Samsung's flagship smartphones are some of the best options out there if you need a good smartphone, but they all face the same problem; delays in getting updates. Although Samsung managed to rollout Android updates faster this year than in previous years, it still takes several months for users to get new software. The Galaxy Note 5 was released last August while Android Marshmallow was made available in October. However, only in recent weeks, Galaxy Note 5 owners in some countries began receiving the long-awaited update. According to a report from SamMobile, Galaxy Note 5 users in India can now rejoice with Marshmallow as the new software started rolling out in the country today.
It can be download over the air (OTA), which means directly from the phone, without the need of a computer. The update weighs in at around 1.2 GB and after the process is done the firmware version will be N920GDDU2BPC4. The Marshmallow update won't bring any radical changes to the system, but it introduces several performance improvements and small visual tweaks here and there, including animations as seen on the Galaxy S7. Additionally, known Android Marshmallow features are present, such as Google Now on Tap, advanced app permissions, and more. Most users should see a notification alerting about the update, but in case you don't see it, just head to "Settings > About device > Software update" and tap the "Update now" button to initiate the process. The software will first be downloaded and then the update will be applied.
Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy Note 5 began rolling out on February 19, in countries such as Cambodia. In the following days, more countries started receiving the new software, and this is the normal procedure by Samsung - they release updates in blocks of countries. For most users in the U.S., carriers have to release their own updates and they also started earlier this month. Even though everyone is talking about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Galaxy Note 5 is still an amazing phone with top notch hardware and plenty of software features that set it apart from most Android devices. With a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, the Note 5 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The rear camera is a 16-megapixel shooter while the front sensor is a 5-megapixel shooter. Its main signature characteristic is the S Pen stylus pen, and this beast has a list price of over $700 but can be found for as low as $449 thanks to several deals on the internet.