Samsung isn’t working on Android 5.1 for the Galaxy Note 4 or any other devices yet


If you are the proud owner of a Galaxy Note 4, you’ve probably been getting more and more excited about the news we keep hearing that Samsung is working hard on an Android 5.1 update that will bring the latest version of TouchWiz to your device. Sadly, it seems that these rumours may well be untrue.

Indeed, the Galaxy Note 4 is still waiting for the Android 5.0.2 update in some regions, instead having to make do with Android 4.4 KitKat. So why isn’t Samsung working hard on bringing Android 5.1 to its vast array of devices? Just that, Samsung’s vast array of devices means that it takes longer to update each eligible device, which means it can’t just move its developers on to next version of Android. According to SamMobile’s sources, Samsung is not working on Android 5.1 for any of its devices at the present time. Nor is there any details available about bringing the latest TouchWiz to the Galaxy Note 4 when Android 5.1 is eventually released. And it could be worse.

Remember when the Note 2 was released with Jelly Bean 4.1, Samsung decided to skip the Android 4.2 update and move right along to 4.3 leaving the Note 2 on the same software for a year or so? It might well happen with the Note 4. While you could understand the reasoning in part, that the Note series is more difficult to update thanks to its additional features and S-Pen functionality, it was cold comfort to those Note 2 owners. I know because I was one of them. Let’s hope that Samsung doesn’t decide to do something similar with the Note 4 with regards to Android 5.1 as it struggles to get through its backlog of scheduled updates for its devices.


Source: SamMobile

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).

  • DarrenSaw

    Is this any surprise? If timely updates are important to you, you wouldn’t buy a Samsung device. Everyone know the score so they can’t complain.

  • The very reason why I’m not buying an S6, the OS updates….so, no!

  • africanking66

    I have a Note 3 it just got the new 5.0 lollipop update so far it’s working pretty good.

    • Unlocked Note 3’s are still waiting for Lollipop OTA in UK…So far only a carrier branded firmware has been released.

      • Lago

        Lollipop killed my note 3 (sm-n900). I had to go back to jelly bean to get my snappy phone back with 2 day battery life.

  • Brian Feckter

    @darren, note 4 is my 1st samsung device, so I actually didn’t know the score, with that being said if this is true then this will be my last samsung device, love the note 4 but still on kitkat 5 monthes after release of lollipop.

  • Autobot1

    Because is it not a Nexus Device that needs update to fix broken updates

  • cojo71

    If you are always waiting for the next android update then buy a nexus. I have the Note 4 and I have always purchased the Note series because of the s-pen and specifications of the line up. I have the nexus tablet only for the latest android updates to see what’s happened so really I don’t see the big deal. Currently there are some bugs in Android 5.1 where I have to disable the Gps or it gets very very laggy. So I don’t mind that it takes a while to release an update unless there are major bugs. Samsung make a lot of phones and add on devices I don’t want to update and find 1/2 of them don’t work or sync correctly.

  • pissedatatt

    Note 3 still does not work, so……