Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Android M release imminent for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Reuters

After hitting Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones in the US, the highly expected Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) OS update has now gone global and is applicable for Galaxy Note 4 handsets bearing model number SM-N910F. Users can check out for the new firmware via the over-the-air (OTA) mechanism.

According to a YouMobile report, Android 5.1.1 is currently live in Sweden, but will extend rapidly to other regions such as the UK, US and India. Galaxy Note 4 users can also check for Android 5.1.1 manually via Samsung Kies.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users, post installation of Android 5.1.1 (which should be available in the form of a 563.18MB-sized file), can check out newer enhancements. Predominant among these include a smoother UI feel, newer animation, enhanced battery life, faster task switcher animations and a host of general performance/stability improvements along with bug-fixes.

Galaxy Note 4 users can also choose to check for Android 5.1.1 OTA notifications manually, rather than install the firmware from external sources. Notifications for the newer Lollipop firmware can be manually obtained via the following steps:

  • From the Galaxy Note 4's home screen, tap the Menu Key > Settings > About Phone > Software updates > Check for updates
  • Select Download Now
  • When the download is complete, a screen will appear indicating that the new version of software is ready to be installed. Select Install Now
  • The device powers off and powers back on. A screen will appear indicating that the installation has been completed. Tap OK.

Apart from indicating the availability of a newer firmware, the latest Lollipop update rollout also signifies the imminent release of Android M to Galaxy Note 4 smartphones. It is worth noting that Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is already confirmed to be eligible to receive Android M as an OS update. Google's recent operating system is expected to hit older Samsung Galaxy smartphones as early as the end of 2015.