Hot on the heels of the Galaxy S5, Samsung's stylus-toting Galaxy Note 4 has started to receive its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop in recent weeks. Lollipop is a big update for any device, and the Note 4 benefits from the new Android version's faster ART runtime and slick new notification system, among other improvements.
Updating your Note 4 to Lollipop, or still waiting for the OTA to drop? Share your thoughts!
Just like the GS5, Lollipop on the Note 4 has to live alongside Samsung's TouchWiz UI layer. TouchWiz has been improved by a touch of Material Design this time around, becoming lighter, more consistent and generally less clunky than was the case under KitKat. Overall it's a solid update to what's arguably Samsung's best phone of 2014.
As with any major OS update, though, there are going to be teething problems. We've already complained about the confusing interruptions system brought in with the 5.0 update, eliminating the mute option in some regions. And some of the cooler Lollipop features like Smart Lock are buried behind obscure settings menus (in this case, Security > Trust Agents). What's more, certain apps like Google Fit don't play nicely with the updated firmware, causing the heart rate sensor to activate when motion tracking is turned on. And then there's the usual smattering of bugs, such as quick settings buttons sometimes failing to fire.
A cursory glance at the Galaxy Note 4 forums reveals a range of first impressions on the Lollipop update, rolling out now in parts of Europe, and in the U.S. on Sprint. Some are happy with the update, others have hit a few snags. So, for those of you who have updated your Note 4 to Lollipop, how's it working on your device? And if you've yet to update, let us know if you're eager to do so, or happy with the way your Note's working so far.