After months of delay, Samsung has finally released the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the flagship phablet Galaxy Note 4 in India.
Samsung community website SamMobile has confirmed that the new update is now seeding to Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910G) via OTA (Over-The-Air) in the subcontinent.
Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware is very massive, said to be a little over 1GB (1030.24 MB to be precise) in size. It will bring in new design language – 'Material design' - with in interactive user interface, lots of animation graphics, replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime which will bring improvement in performance and battery-life enhancements.
How to Install Android 5.0 Lollipop update on Samsung Galaxy Note 4:
If Galaxy Note 4 owners are getting the update then select- I'm In, then downloading of software begins. Once done select >> "Install now". The phone will restart automatically and the OS will be upgraded to the new version.
Since the roll-out process is carried out in stages, it will take some time to reach all corners of the country.
Until then, users can also check manually by going to – 'Settings' >> 'About phone' >> 'System update' >> 'Check Now';
Recap on Why Android 5.0 Lollipop update got delayed for Galaxy Note 4:
Usually Samsung releases new OS updates to current flagship phones and later to older models, but to everyone's surprise, it released v5.0 Lollipop OS first to 2013 model- Galaxy Note 3 instead of the new Note 4 in late January. This apparently raised a lot of questions and became fodder for rumour mills to churn out numerous speculations.
Later it was learnt that the delay in Lollipop release for Galaxy Note 4 was due to Oculus VR, who had hit road-block while tweaking the Android OS source kernel to make the flagship Samsung phablet compatible with the company's Gear Virtual Reality (VR) device.
[For the uninitiated, Gear VR is a wireless virtual reality head-set developed by Samsung in collaboration with Oculus Rift. It was launched along with Galaxy Note 4 in September last year. More information, HERE]
In February, the company finally fixed the issue and began rolling out the update to Galaxy Note 4 in Poland and later released it in the US last month.
With the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop to Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has finished the phase-1 program of updating all the flagship devices (Galaxy S5, S4 and Note 3).
Now, it has come to light that company has begun testing the new firmware on metal-clad Galaxy A-series devices-Alpha, A7, A5, A3 and Galaxy S5 Mini. There is also possibility that Samsung might roll-out the new OS to the two-generation old phablet - Galaxy Note 2 as well.