The update process for the Android operating system can be both a joy and a pain. A joy because finally your phone is getting an upgrade and a pain, because there’s a good chance your device just isn’t getting an update. Owners of a Note 4, on the other hand, can delight in the fact that they are getting Android 6.0.
We reported in an article published in April that the Galaxy Note 4 has been rolling out in India through over the air connection. We also noted that users in Poland and Turkey were also getting the newest flavor of the Android mobile operating system. According to reports, Marshmallow or Android 6.0 will be released to models bearing the Exynos chipset – devices with this on them were largely sold in Australia, Singapore, India and Europe.
The Galaxy Note 4 update was a rather huge file: it came in at 1.38 GB. Users of Note 4 saw their operating system be upgraded to the latest version from the newest Android flavor: 6.0.1. This version included some fixes, minor changes and a couple of new features such as volume controls and 200 new emoji. Phones that were upgraded to Note S4 also received the Android security path for the month of April.
While Marshmallow comes with a series of great updates, some manufacturers like Samsung have opted not to include some of the new features for their phones. The company have removed being able to use the SD card as internal storage for their Galaxy S7 devices. According to Samsung, the feature could cause unexpected loss of data and even prevent users from transferring data using the card. It is worth noting that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were pre-installed with Marshmallow so it might be safe to say that Samsung won’t be rolling out the feature for their Note 4 devices as well.
Users of Galaxy Note 4 might delight in the new features that Marshmallow provides such as Google Now on Tap and Doze, but Galaxy Note S3 owners have every right to gloat: there’s no indication they are ever going to get the update. Given that the Note S3 is a rather old (read: just a couple of years in the market) device, it’s understandable that Samsung wouldn’t want to include it for Marshmallow updates.
The base operating system of your smartphone or device shouldn’t be that big of an issue. However, there are features in Marshmallow that you might find really useful. The sad part with this happening is users will need to buy a new phone just to get the latest Android OS flavor.