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Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop to the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has today kicked off the rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4. The update has been spotted in Poland and is based on Android 5.0.1, bringing with it a brand new look and feel to the user experience. Throw in improved performance, stronger battery life and other notable changes and we're looking at a seriously sweet update.

SamMobile notes that the release hasn't yet appeared on Kies, meaning we'll have to wait for the OTA update to show on the Galaxy Note 4. If you have somehow managed to pull the update down to your device, do let us know in the comments how you're finding the revamped Note experience.

Source: SamMobile

111 Comments
  • still waiting for my note.....only available in russia :( Posted via note 3
  • This is good timing with my Note 4 arriving Friday! Although, who knows when the update will come to AT&T.
  • April.....2016 Posted via the Unrivaled Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Haha so true Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha exactly my thoughts. Posted via the Android Central App
  • When the next version of Android rolls out, AT&T will release Lollipop to us. They need a year to make sure it's stable and shit, and full of their bloatware crap.
  • Actually, my AT&T G3 got it yesterday; no bloat, just better performance :)
  • Awesome! People love to be dicks here just because. Like a few apps from AT&T will destroy their damm phone. It's gotten old & stupid. I disable the stuff in don't want, use the stuff I do. Bunch of fucking morons. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Your absolutely right. It is silly the way people complain about bloat. Some people use it, I don't, but some might. It's just a shame you had to make you point by sounding like an uneducated trucker that just got out of jail. The intelligence of your thoughts got lost in the useless swearing. Have some class dude.
  • Who cares...why you do have to be a judgemental about how someone talks. The original guy was right when it comes to att u have wait longer especially with Samsung phones. But that also has to do with Samsung adapting it to their ui.
  • Just got off the phone with them. They haven't received anything from Samsung yet. Probably within the next week honestly.
  • Even if they had, the phone jockey you talked to would probably have no knowledge of it.
  • They lied. All four of the major US Carriers are already testing it. Whether or not that was a final release or not, I don't know. That being said, they have received builds. Not to mention, I'm totally sure that the phone jockey in their call center really knows what's going on with updates. /s
  • I honestly love how people think calling their carrier is a good source of tech info. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hopefully it wasn't rush because of LG Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its about time lol. Posted via my Samsung GALAXY Note 4
  • I received the update few hours ago and everything is working nice so far. I still prefer the Google Now Launcher over TouchWiz.
  • Thomasz, can you post screenshots of TouchWiz vs. Google Now Launcher on Lollipop?
  • Uh...they're like.....different. lol Posted via the Unrivaled Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Tomasz, where are you located? Location within the U.S. has nothing to do with when we receive updates. But I'm just asking to see if you're in the U.S.
  • "Throw in improved performance, stronger battery life and other notable changes and we're looking at a seriously sweet update." LOL, that sounds a little over the top. How much better could it possibly be? My Note 4 already runs like a champ and gets phenomenal battery life as is on Kit Kat. If it ain't broke.... :)
  • After the s5 update I think I'll be waiting a while to see how broken it is Posted via the Android Central App
  • At least this is Android 5.0.1 whereas the S5 received Android 5.0. So there might be some improvements.
  • Yea my note 4 is ridiculously good with battery life. Due to other people's experience with bad battery life on their phones (althoug not note phones), I'm not sure how I feel about updating and potentially messing that up. But I guess since the battery itself hasn't changed then the battery life will go back to normal at some point? Or am I totally wrong in thinking that and the battery could become bad, forever? lol
  • It's hard to say exactly how the update will affect battery life. At best it could give it a slight improvement (can't be much though), at worst it could tank battery life. In that case it would be best to do a master factory reset (recommended regardless with any major OS update) to at least put the phone back to a known clean state. Then who knows how your battery life will be after that. You could still have a favorite app that doesn't play nice with Lollipop and you then have to either uninstall it or wait for it to be updated. This is the risk you take if you choose to update. Personally, it's not worth it, especially when you already have a device that is working well. But to each their own.
  • O ok thanks. If I do update (after I see what other people who have updated already, say) I'll do a factory reset.
  • I love this phone but it could run much smoother. Don't kid yourself, this phone is fast but not smooth.
  • It's entirely subjective I guess based on what you regard as smooth. But it's plenty smooth for me, no lag anywhere (stock Touch Wiz). Then again I have it tweaked to where it runs lean and mean. :) Also, I think it's an assumption that it will run any better (smoother) on Lollipop.
  • Not really subjective at all, there are plenty of stutters and dropped frames and stuff. It might be smoother than what you're used to but there are objective ways to measure these things.
  • All that matters to me is what I see with my own eyes and the Note 4 is smooth (no stutters or dropped frames, etc.), the smoothest device I've ever had including an OG Nexus 7. :)
  • The original Nexus 7 runs like garbage that's why you think the Note 4 runs perfect. I bought the original N7 and brought it back the next day because it ran so terribly. A couple months later I bought the Nexus 7 2nd Gen and it ran like a dream and still does, infact I've never felt the need to buy another tablet since.
    The Note 4 has stutters and lag but only with TouchWiz, download the Google Now Launcher from the PlayStore and run it instead of TouchWiz and you'll be amazed at how smooth it is if you think it runs great with TouchWiz. Trust me give it a try and if you don't like it just delete it and go back to TouchWiz.... But I don't think you will after you try GNL Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the suggestion, but hell no! I really dislike stock/vanilla Android (major reason I dumped the OG Nexus 7, otherwise it ran very well for me). Also have no use for Google Now, it's disabled. I'm perfectly happy with the performance of Touch Wiz on my Note 4. :)
  • What a rubbish argument. That's like saying HD TV isn't really HD... because 4k is better years after the HD transition. If you define "smooth", perhaps there's a way to quantify that. Honestly, it's splitting hairs for most people. Again, the difference between HD and 4k, for most people isn't obvious and isn't a huge leap - and HD is crisp enough. For others, (I happen to be in this camp), 4k is brilliant and crisp compared to HD. However, both HD and 4k have very particular definitions, allowing for a distinction. There's also the factor of what is installed on your phone versus another phone; which apps are syncing or are disabled; etc. So, until "smooth" is defined, people can believe the Note 4 is smooth, while others can be pickier and think it has room for improvement.
  • Use the Google Now Launcher and you'll change your tune on how smooth it runs. It's TouchWiz that's making it not run smoothly trust me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly Posted via the best phone ever, until the Note 5 comes out
  • I am kinda scared to try it! it has really messed with my Best Friends S5!
  • Please be first in the US again Verizon! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wish verizon would start sending this out, but I'm sure it'll be another couple months before we see it.. Either way, my note 4 is running like a champ without it still! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hope Verizon is first so I can learn about all the bugs before the AT&T update.
  • Android Watermelon will be in development by the time Verizon Note 4s get the update. Verizon takes the longest to get any updates out.
  • Samsung: Quietly brilliant Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Fanboy
  • Hater Posted via the Android Central App
  • No he's a known Samsung fankid.
  • I like all manufacturers, just not all phones. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • BS. One Plus is a perfect example.
  • I don't hate fanboys. I just find them annoying. Fanboys that also troll other manufacurer's/carriers articles are especially annoying.
  • With the note 4 update they've been quietly late. We're not gonna see it until late march, early april Posted via the Unrivaled Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Not really. They promised within 90 days of Lollipop's release. It came out November 14th.
  • No they didn't.
  • That was HTC that makes promises they don't keep. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Didn't Samsung say the update will be released to the s5 and note 4 by the end of 2014?couple months later and still waiting for my Note 4 to get lollipop. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope. Not that I am aware. Got a citation? Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • http://au.ibtimes.com/lg-g3-galaxy-note-4-samsung-galaxy-s5-official-and.... It was actually from Sam mobile but I remember reading this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That article doesn't even say Samsung is going to release, just, insiders say it should be ready by November or December. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm with Bell Canada and HTC made their promise of updating the m8 on time. But with my note 4 we havnt even seen any sign of it here it would be nice if they gave us a ballpark estimate at least. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its kinda hard to believe that lollipop can improve performance and battery life on the N4, this phone is already simply amazing in those fields. I'll believe it when I see it... Posted via My Beastly Galaxy Note 4...(T-Mobile)
  • It's kinda hard to believe that Samsung beta tested the S5 LP update in Poland like almost 2 months and yet the note 4 started......today. Oh well, the phone's only been out for a few months anyway. I guess users need a bit more time with the origional software before the upgrade Posted via the Unrivaled Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Or they learned from the s5 mistakes Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • It's kinda hard to believe that Samsung beta tested the S5 LP update in Poland like almost 2 months and yet the note 4 started......today. research is your friend, it seems like Occulus was responsible for the holdup.
  • Yes, I know Posted via the Unrivaled Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • I see you commenting alot, I don't know how much you've been paying attention but the reason other devices have received the update and the note 4 just started today is because of Gear VR. if oculus didn't have to do some "tweaking" the note 4 would have had it already. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Note EDGE! FŮCK... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well apparently hell has frozen over.
  • You can reference Boston and Maine for that. Posted via my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
  • I was born and raised in Boston. Lived there for over 30 years. Now I live in Phoenix where it's in the 80's. So yeah, thanks Boston.
  • Poland always gets things early. First it was the blitzkrieg and now cell phone updates.
  • LMAO, that is hilarious.
  • I just pee'd my pants a little !!!! That was funny!
  • Can't wait to see this on my Note 4! C'mon Verizon be the first in the US to push out Lollipop for the Note 4!
  • As En Vogue said, "Never gonna get it, never gonna get it."
  • IDK...like some of you I'm hesitant about rushing to update to L. since my phone is running so great! I am really glad tho about it being the 5.0.1 instead of the 5.0. Hopefully, most of the bugs will be worked out....here's hoping! Posted From MY Next Big Thing!!
  • I think they should've gone with a marginally larger display. 5.2- 5.3 in. Posted via the Unrivaled Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • What about TMO samsung galaxy S5, when will be rolling out the L update?
  • Ask t-slo Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Troll
  • I have two coworkers with Note 3s. One loves her phone and the other has been having real issues (setting down causes a reboot and that sort of thing). I know the working Note is on Verizon, not sure about the troubled one. I have an AT&T G3 and, like everyone knows, it got 5.0.1 yesterday. I know the Note 4 (isn't "N4" short for "Nexus 4" among Androidites?) is the latest and greatest but any word on Note 3 Lollipop love? I'm asking on behalf because my coworkers are not nearly as nerdy as I am (they don't follow this shit). Thanks.
  • I'm thinking the Galaxy S4/Note 3 Lollipop updates will beging rolling out somewhere in the ballpark of mid April at the earliest for US carriers, don't be surprised if the last of the carriers have it rolling out around Independence Day (usually Verizon is the last to bat)
  • But hit it out the park with the S5 "L" update.............. First!! Meanwhile, at&t is just now (or will be) sending out KitKat 4.4.4
  • Thanks. Not being a Samsung or Verizon customer, I really had no idea. Posted via Android Central App with my LG G3
  • Tried to update and the update option is being updated again ....hopefully with lollipops Posted via the Android Central App
  • When will lolipop update be released for note 2
  • It's probably best if you don't wait for it, the Note 2 is pretty "old" Posted via my Galaxy Note 4
  • +1
  • When this update hits Belgium I think I going to wait a while and see what happens., been reading the S5 lollypop threads regarding the clusterfuck that is lollypop. Gotta say the Note 4 has restored my faith in samsung,i don't want to update from stable kitkat to a half baked lollypop. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just switched Over from Windows Phone to android and i'm very impressed about what i'm seeing in note 4 kitkat. I can imagine then what lollipop gona be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Welcome home lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Released in February. I am on Verizon. So I may actually see the update in 2015.
  • YES!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • So sammy is basically internet explorer, will this have bugs like the S5 who knows
  • And the Galaxy Note Edge???? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Now that it looks like the Note 4 is FINALLY getting Lollipop, maybe they'll stop hating on it lulz. Posted via my Nexus 6
  • Can't wait. Using lollipop right now cm12. But I miss a lot of touchwiz features. Lollipop runs faster on my note 4 than my nexus 6. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's good to know I just got my note 4 in December and I have been thinking about investing in a nexus 6, I've really been on the fence about it because I've been with Samsung right along for about 4 years now and have grown quite accustomed to touch Wiz. Posted via the Android Central App
  • OMG, using the 910F and eagerly waiting! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stiill have'nt recieved lollipop. Not sure if I want to from what I heard!!!
  • Not sure why all you Samsung owners want lp so bad, you can't tell If you have it anyways. They could throw Gingerbread on there for all you know. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok... that's pretty funny. With such a thick TouchWiz skin, I was thinking the same thing. Regardless, I am very interested in getting the Note 4. Just waiting on some S6 technical details before deciding.
  • It's a great phone, just not for me. Enjoy if you get it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Go with the S6 it's going to be much better, though the S pen is a huge factor in things. But I'd say go with the S6. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well over the first hurdle.... Now waiting on carriers.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good thing they released it in Poland first. It gives them a chance to Polish the update.. Note 4
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I ditched the Nexus 6 to get away from the 5.0.1 problems. Don't want this update. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nobody in sane mind should ☺ Posted via the AC App
    VZW Moto X DE, N7,Note 4
  • I'm just wondering how many "licks" it will take to get to the center....1,....2,.....
  • Note 3 Qatar.... Come on.... Posted via my Beastly Galaxy Note 3
  • Anyone in USA on t-mobile get the update yet? I've been periodically checking and I've gotten nothing Posted via Galaxy Note 4
  • Lollipop is now hitting 910f device Germany. Posted via the Android Central App
  • had my note 4 since day of release so it would be nice if samsung hurried up getting this update to me, kitkat is getting a little boring :(
  • I am thinking about upgrading from S4 to Note 4. I had been waiting to see if the S6 would have some stuff I wanted but doesn't have anything compelling for me. So I am ready to purchase the Note 4. I'm with AT&T. Is there any reason to wait until Lollipop is released (as far as I know it is not yet available on AT&T), or just get it now with 4.4.1 and roll in the update when it shows up? So the question is whether a phone that updates to a new operating system functions completely the same as one that comes with that system. I think the answer is No Difference, but I'd like to hear opinions.