Two major carrier networks are rolling out firmware updates for their variants of old Samsung phablets. AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is getting the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, while a new security patch has been released for T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 5.
At last, AT&T has released the latest Android Marshmallow version not only to its Galaxy Note 4 (N910A), but also to its variant of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (N915A). According to AT&T’s support page, the latest firmware version brings along not only the Marshmallow features, but also several other services from the network itself.
For instance, upon having the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge owners subscribed to the network will be able to take advantage of AT&T Video Calling, which allows users to easily “make and receive HD Voice calls combined with real-time video.” A separate app is not necessary to utilize this feature as it is “built into your Video Call-capable device and requires an account that has been set up for AT&T HD Voice,” AT&T explained.
The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update also comes with two more new features from AT&T, namely Advanced Messaging and Wi-Fi Calling. The former is the company’s “next generation messaging service,” which enables customers to “send high-resolution photos and larger video files, up to 10MB per attachment.”
“You can also see when your messages have been delivered, when they are read, and even when others are typing a response. There is no app to download, no separate account to configure, and no password to enter.”
Meanwhile, AT&T’s Wi-Fi Calling will let Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge owners to text and call over a Wi-Fi connection. This is especially useful in areas where cellular network signal is weak. “Wi-Fi Calling can be used in the Domestic Coverage Area (U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) and from most international countries,” the feature’s official page noted.
The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge is 1.3 GB in size. Those planning to acquire the new firmware should make sure that there’s enough memory left on the phone before proceeding with the download and installation process.
As for the latest T-Mobile update, a separate post from GSM Arena noted that telecom’s variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is now receiving the September security patch. The update is 76MB in size, bringing the firmware to version N920TUVS4DPH2. The official changelog has not been provided yet in T-Mobile’s official support page, but a screenshot posted on GSM Arena’s page noted that aside from the security improvements, a software update can also include device stability enhancements, new or improved features, and bug fixes.
The updates released by AT&T and T-Mobile are accessible through Over-the-Air or OTA process. However, OTA rollouts are made in phases, which means some customers will have to wait a bit longer to receive a new firmware update. Users will easily know that a new software version is available on a device when an automatic push notification pops up. And to proceed with the update process, they simply need to follow the onscreen prompts that will appear.
Manually checking a firmware update’s availability can also be done. First, go into the “Settings” menu of the handset. Second, look for “About Device.” The third step is to select “Software Updates” and then lastly, tap “Check for Software Updates.”
Basic requirements when getting an upgrade include having a reliable Wi-Fi connection to download the update files as well as a fully-charged battery or at least 80-85 percent remaining power.
The Inquisitr will continue to keep you in the loop for more news on firmware releases.
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