Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users have something to smile about these days. The much-awaited Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update on the phablet has started, reported first in Poland on Feb. 11, 2015, and then in South Korea on February 12, 2015, according to reports on Android Central and SamMobile.
The Android Central report noted that the update in Poland was made available to users over the air or OTA, and was not yet accessible via Samsung Kies. Users can check if the update is available by going to the software update page on Settings>About Phone. The SamMobile report on the hand described that South Korean users accessed the update via Kies and was initially being promoted by mobile carrier, SK Telecom. It also expects other mobile carriers to follow suit soon.
The SamMobile report also noted that the update is only available for the Galaxy Note 4 variant that carries the Samsung Exynos chip, and is not yet available for the Snapdragon variant. This seems to support Samsung’s recent move to prioritize its home-grown chip, especially in their new smartphone and phablet models, after it decided to drop Snapdragon for its new flagship phones.
The update, according to Android Central, brings “a brand new look and feel to the user experience,” with a more “improved performance” and “stronger battery life.” A more detailed description in another report by Android Authority says the update also features “new lock-screen notifications and heads-up notifications.” Most reports also featured screen shots of the update.
The actual roll-out of updates followed two weeks after the online release of the Android Lollipop user manual for three variants of the Note 4 on the Samsung website last January 28, 2015.
No definite date has been set for when the update will be available to other users, such as those in North America.