Various devices on the Android market have been getting up to speed with the current trends in the operating system, and recently we’ve seen a wave of updates targeted at different manufacturers and models, bringing their Android version up to 5.1. Even though it’s not the latest major release in the OS, the news was still received positively by owners of affected devices. More specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon contracts, as well as Sony’s Xperia C4 and C5.
Even though the two Xperia models were actually supposed to receive Android Marshmallow, most users seem to share the opinion that this is still better than nothing, and many would be happy to wait until the next update is properly finalized and released to the public. For now, Android 5.1 should run nicely on those devices, even though no official changelog has been provided by Sony. Users should keep checking under their system settings if the update has been made available to them, and we expect that it won’t hit all devices simultaneously.
This is commonly the case with major Android updates, especially when it comes to carrier-branded variants which are sometimes limited in the updates they can receive by the carriers themselves. A situation that has been a major source of frustration for many, but there is little users can do if they insist on using their devices with the corresponding contracts. There is always the option of flashing a custom ROM, of course, but that can lead to problems of its own, starting with a voided warranty.
Meanwhile, users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon contracts have been enjoying the news that they are getting Android 5.1.1, and even though this came a bit late compared to other carriers, according to reports, users of the device are still just happy that they managed to get it in the end. Verizon are somewhat known for their slow working pace when it comes to approving/releasing Android updates for certain devices, and this is something their users have learned that they just need to accept.
As usual, all reports remind users to be careful with how they prepare for the update, as it’s important to ensure that the device has a stable connection to the Internet and a properly charged battery. A more thorough backup could never hurt either – these updates tend to work without issues most of the time, but sometimes things could still go wrong, and it’s good to know that a failed update will not cost the user any data.
There have also been some minor reports of Galaxy Note 4 owners not being notified of the update in due time, which can be easily resolved by checking for it manually through the system settings. It’s not known if this issue is related to the user’s Internet connection or other factors in any way.
Back to the topic of Sony, many of the company’s users are currently wondering when they are going to get the Android Marshmallow update which was promised several months ago for certain devices. It looks like the company is having some issues with their development and it might take a while for the update to hit the market, but what matters the most in the end is that it’s developed properly and thoroughly tested for bugs, instead of rushing out a version full of issues that causes more problems for the users.