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Samsung Galaxy S6 owners talk about their Lollipop update in response to Android Central’s article which asks them how they view the Android 5.1.1 update. Thus far, the feedback has been mixed. Some found the bugs and inefficiencies still remaining, while others said they started to see significant changes and are pleased.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge started to receive Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update this week by Sprint. T-Mobile is the first carrier to roll out Lollipop updates to its devices as it had started weeks ago. Since Android M is still to be publicly released, Google’s current mobile platform is still Android 5 Lollipop.
Phone Arena stated the most notable feature the Galaxy S6 has with Android 5.1.1 is the support of RAW photography. Those who do not have the newest Android yet can still use the new capabilities of the S6 camera, with the help of a camera app, and then, snap pictures in raw DNG format. The tech website also mentioned RAM management issues, which Samsung seems not to address yet.
The new software update to Samsung Galaxy S6 also corrects several carrier-specific errors. The software update is sized 570MB and will bring Build Number G920VU20F7Y to Galaxy S6 and G925PVPU2B0F7 to Galaxy S6 Edge.
This Android 5.1.1 update follows that of Android 5.0 in Samsung’s flagships and comes with several enhancements and changes. The new firmware also reintroduced Guest Mode and allows adding of parallax effect to the wallpaper in the home screen.
The software update over-the-air for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge under Sprint are rolled out in batches. Hence, it may take a few days for some to have their S6 updated. To check if the software is already available on one’s device, they can head to Settings -> About Phone -> System Update. Sprint’s Support Page says that if prompted with an available Lollipop update for Galaxy S6 phones, the user just needs to follow onscreen instructions until the installation succeeds.
Samsung Galaxy S6 owners talk about their Lollipop update, with some being frustrated for still having the same slugs and wiping cache. In fact, some said the lag is getting worse. Others said the RAM issue was not fixed. A couple of users mentioned an impressive change in their S6, but suddenly the phone crashed and all they got was a blank screen. One who received the update through T-Mobile said his S6 Edge with 5.1.1 has only noticeable small enhancements in battery life and performance.
Meanwhile, other users reported negative changes including the disappearance of Exchange contacts in PeopleEdge, Google Now killing voice commands, and toggling the Bluetooth results in the restart of the phone. While improved battery life, fast performance, being more responsive, and Auto Stop app under Battery Settings are among the list of positive points.
A report in BGR says that the current flagship sales have been a disappointment for Samsung. In 2014, when Galaxy S5 did not deliver the expected sales, Samsung went back to the design board for the S5 successor, hoping that the next phones would make up the sales shortage. However, sales were still a disappointment despite the positive response and outpouring of support from fans.
BGR cited BusinessKorea regarding a report that industry sources believe Samsung’s operating profit will decrease dramatically in Q2 2015. While analysts anticipated a growth with S6, the recent projections show that profits dropped 24 percent from Q2 2014.
Lately with Samsung, the focus has been shifted to the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, the South Korean OEM’s phablet which usually comes out every September. It is predicted that the unannounced device will inherit the design of S6 and S6 Edge. While the iPhone’s next successor is not expected to be a major change, Samsung has the chance to get back what it had in the high-end market. For the meantime, Samsung Galaxy S6 owners are talking about their experience with the most recent Lollipop update.
By Judith Aparri
Edited By Leigh Haugh
Android Central: Galaxy S6 Owners, How’s the Android 5.1 Update Treating You?
Phone Arena: Sprint Starts Updating the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Sprint Support: Find and Update the Software Version on Your Samsung Galaxy S6
BGR: Galaxy S6 Sales Have Reportedly Been a Big Disappointment
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