The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update has been rolling out since February. In the weeks since the update first arrived, it has made solid progress in the United States and regions around the world. As March draws to a close, we want to take a look at everything we think you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release as we enter April.
After Samsung released the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update in December, many were waiting for Samsung’s next Android 5.0 Lollipop update to arrive on its other flagship, the Galaxy Note 4. Of course that didn’t happen. Instead, the company switched to the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 before rolling out the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update in February.
As expected, the Galaxy Note 4’s first major Android update is a major update and brings improvements, fixes, and new features to a device that’s only been out since October. Since February, the update has arrived for a number of different variants in several different countries, as Samsung and its carrier partners have been working to get the new flagship to everyone who buys it.
Especially March was a busy month for the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release, and the numbers for April are just as intense. And while Samsung and its carrier partners are often reluctant to relay information, that doesn’t mean the table isn’t ready.
In fact, we have tons of information about the current status of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update release, and we want to share that information with you as we move deeper into the year. Here, we summarize what we know and think we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update plans.
Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release Is Slowly Progressing
Samsung doesn’t announce all Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, so sometimes it can seem like the company is really making progress. Such is the case with the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop version. It’s progressing extremely slowly, but we still see the occasional update being rolled out to owners in the international community.
Recently, the update reached some Galaxy Note 4 users in South Africa and Spain. Users Vodafone in these countries should now have access to the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update. Even if you don’t live in one of these countries, you should appreciate the fact that rollout is still ongoing. Samsung’s updates are unpredictable, so those with an international model will have to be patient.
Samsung’s job is cut out for this. Galaxy Note 4 is available on tons of carriers in tons of regions worldwide. This is an update that will take a lot of time. There’s probably a few months until at least the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is over, so you’ll have to be patient. It’s a slow rollout, but we expect to see recovery in April and May.
Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Edition
As for the other variant of the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge, we also saw some progress with the Lollipop update in March. The update is currently available in Australia, Korea and India and is expected to start gaining momentum in the near future.
Only one Galaxy Note Edge Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been confirmed in the United States (T-Mobiles) but should come down for all five variants at some point in the future.
This rollout is slightly slower than the Galaxy Note 4, although not unexpectedly. It’s not a flagship phone, and flagships are typically the focus of Samsung’s presentations.
US Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Update
We’ve seen two carriers distribute Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates in the United States. Sprint and AT&T are currently rolling out the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update in the United States. Sprint’s update was released recently while AT&T’s update went live. It should be ending soon, so AT&T Galaxy Note 4 users should check the device’s settings for the Lollipop update.
That means there are three Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates left in the United States. Of the three updates (Verizon, US Cellular, T-Mobile), only T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update has been confirmed.
The carrier’s update page still says “Manufacturer DevelopmentThis means that Samsung still hasn’t transferred the software to T-Mobile for internal testing prior to release. Carrier testing is unpredictable but usually takes several weeks to complete. So, we may still be a few weeks away from a T-Mobile release.
We haven’t seen any details revealed for US Cellular and Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates.
New Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Coming Soon
There’s a big Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release on the horizon.
Earlier this week, Canadian carrier Bell announced that it will be rolling out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update in early April. While the carrier didn’t specify a specific Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release date, it did make the claim on Twitter. Carriers rarely give specific release dates ahead of time because Android update releases depend on the behind-the-scenes testing process.
As we mentioned, this is the first concrete Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop launch window we’ve seen for Canada. And at the very least, it looks like Galaxy Note 4 users at Bell will get their upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop next month. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more carriers follow suit, though. Canadian Android updates usually reach multiple carriers on the first day of release.
Rogers, TELUS, and other Bell competitors have yet to confirm specific release windows, but there’s a good chance they’ll release their firmware next month, perhaps early April like Bell. Rogers was the first to confirm the release of the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop. carrier still states that a release date is “To be determined”. This could change very soon.
Most Carriers Stay Quiet
Bell, Rogers, and T-Mobile talk about Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates, but most carriers don’t. That comes as little surprise, given how cautious the protected carriers are about their release dates. Most people don’t want to set expectations as update release dates can change very quickly depending on how internal testing is going. Still, the silence is a little strange.
Typically, carriers who pre-confirm release times are still keeping quiet about their Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update plans. In particular, Australian carriers are lagging behind. Vodafone Australia, Telstra and Optus, three carriers known for being friendly with their customers, are yet to mention Galaxy Android 5.0 updates. Maybe it’s a change in policy, maybe it’s the simple fact that they haven’t received anything from Samsung.
French carrier SFR, which at one point said it would receive a Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update in January (then in February), hasn’t released any new information for weeks.
Whatever the reason, it’s a sign that this update won’t end in April. Or May. And probably not in June. All Galaxy Note 4 users can do is be patient and hope the long wait pays off with major bug fixes for Android 5.0 Lollipop issues.
Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Problems
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop issues continue to be problematic for many Galaxy Note 4 users and we are even starting to see some AT&T users encounter Galaxy Note 4 issues.
AT&T users are complaining Bluetooth problems, issues with custom mod filesAnd battery drain problems. also there a couple related to growing threads Containing a series of complaints about the AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update. It’s clear that there are issues plaguing this update, just as there have been issues plaguing other Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates we’ve seen.
This is exactly why you need to be extremely careful when your Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update finally arrives. You need to prepare your device, collect feedback, and consider avoiding the update the first day it arrives.
Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update and Version
There’s been a lot of back and forth recently about the potential for a Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1 release. For those who don’t know, Google is rolling out an Android 5.1 Lollipop update that brings feature tweaks and tons of bug fixes for Nexus smartphone and tablet users. Here’s what you need to know as you head into April.
Firstly, Samsung has not started development if it plans to release Android 5.1 Lollipop updates. A reliable source claims that Samsung still hasn’t entered the lab with Android 5.1. What this means is that an Android 5.1 Lollipop release is at least months away. Development takes a lot of time and it’s clear Samsung hasn’t started working on it.
Now, does this mean that Samsung won’t be using Android 5.1 to bring Galaxy S6 features to older devices? No. This means that nothing will come to the Galaxy Note 4 or any other Galaxy smartphone in the near future. It is clear that the company is not focusing on Android 5.1, but on Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2 and Android 5.0 Lollipop versions.