The Galaxy S5 was released in April 2014 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and, in the meantime, it was upgraded to 5.0 Lollipop, while the Note 4 phablet arrived much later, in October, with 4.4.4 KitKat, but now, both flagships are getting the latest 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Sprint is one of the first carriers that are rolling out this update to these two phones.
The Galaxy S5, a flagship with an ugly design that was criticized by many reviewers because of those perforated dots on the back, is finally getting updated. Sprint has started rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update with build number G900PVPU3CPCA on April 7, and will continue to upgrade the Galaxy S5 until May 19. This means that the update is rolling out in phases and users should wait patiently until they will be notified that Marshmallow is available for their devices.
On March 24, Sprint has announced that the Galaxy Note 4 will be getting Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow as well, specifying that “Software updates may be released in stages and can take several days for delivery”. Reports say that the update is over 1GB in size and it comes with all new features that have been introduced in Marshmallow.
In Europe, this update has been released for the SM-N910C variant of the Note 4, which is powered by an Exynos processor, while another carrier, T-Mobile, hasn’t managed to pass the “Manufacturer Development” phase and most likely, it will take a few updates for the tests to be over.
The Android 6.0.1 update was already spotted in a certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance and manuals for both the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge phablets. Some of the features that the users will enjoy are Google Now on Tap, 200 new emoji, dark theme and rotation support, Voice API and Assist API, Doze, App standby etc. It’s not sure if “Adoptable storage” is available for the S5 and Note 4, as this option would allow users to install applications on microSD cards.