The Galaxy S5 was released in April 2014 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, but in the meantime, it was upgraded to 5.0 Lollipop, while the Note 5 arrived in August 2015 and it ran on 5.1.1 Lollipop. Google has brought its new 6.0 Marshmallow in October 2015, so it took five months for Samsung to finally upgrade these two devices. Both the Galaxy S5 SM-G900L and the Galaxy Note 5 will receive the Android 6.0.1 update.
The owners of the two-year old Galaxy S5 from Korea connected to Uplus and the Indian owners of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet started to receive the Android 6.0.1 update, which brings performance improvements and bug fixes. It isn’t sure if Samsung is letting the Galaxy S5 owners to use the microSD card slot as internal storage, since this option isn’t available on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but it’s another story with these two flagships, because they don’t support memory expansion.
As for the Note 5, after the release of Marshmallow, only the users from a few countries have received the update. Now, the Indian users have started receiving the new software, which can be downloaded over the air. The installation file has 1.2GB in size and the firmware has the build number N920GDDU2BPC4. Those who are not notified about the availability of this update on their devices can manually check for the update by going to Settings > About device > Software update and to initiate the process, they will tap the Update now button. However, before downloading the update, it’s recommended to connect to a wireless network, because the file is too large and anyone with a monthly contract with limited data would pay a huge bill if they will go over the plan.
The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the first update of the new OS and it comes with new emoji characters (200 to the Nexus users); an Install overnight option, which allows the users to install updates at night while they’re sleeping, from 2 to 5AM; additional quick settings toggles for Private Mode in the status bar; the notification panel icons are more visible and when the fingerprint isn’t recognized, the phone will no longer vibrate.