With impressive speed, Samsung has begun the process of rolling out Android 5.1.1 to its 2015 flagship smartphones. The update has been released for both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge only shortly after Nexus devices received the revised operating system.
Given the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 were only updated to Android 5.1.1 last month, Samsung’s roll-out is all-the-more impressive.
The roll-out of Android 5.1.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is in its very early stages at the moment. If the update is not available over-the-air for your device, then it is well worth checking via Samsung’s Keis software too, which is available from the company’s website.
For anyone with a locked handset, then much will depend on your network, which will probably put the upgrade through its own verification process. Some networks are much better than others in this regard, but sometimes verification can take a few weeks.
Although the update is relatively minor, it is nonetheless good to see the leading Android smartphone manufacturer ensuring it is available promptly.
For Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge owners, the main benefits are improvements to performance as well as simplification of the camera’s manual exposure control. There are also some bug fixes that have been applied to Android Lollipop.
The cameras on both smartphones take very good quality photos in automatic mode, but they also offer an impressive array of manual control. The downside to manual controls, though, is that they are overwhelming for some users, so any attempt to make these settings more straightforward is welcome.
In addition to providing users with access to the latest performance and security changes, ensuring that updates are made available promptly plays another important roll.
In the past, Android smartphone owners had to wait months to get their hands on the latest OS updates. Sometimes these would never even arrive at all, and the whole situation caused both dissatisfaction and uncertainty.
Ensuring that Android updates are made available promptly is particularly important for flagship devices, so the release of Android 5.1.1 by Samsung is a very welcome development.