Galaxy Note Edge gets pre-release Android 5.0.1 Lollipop build

Lollipop (unofficially) comes to the Note Edge. Photo: Samsung

Lollipop (unofficially) comes to the Note Edge. Photo: Samsung

Who knows when Samsung will finally release its Lollipop updates for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. But if you own the latter and you’ve had enough of waiting, you can now take matter into your own hands.

A pre-release Android 5.0.1 Lollipop build — made by Samsung with its own TouchWiz user interface — is now available for manual flashing on select Galaxy Note Edge variants.

The ROM surfaced on the XDA Developers forum (where else?) and is compatible with the SM-N915FY and SM-N915F Galaxy Note Edge models. It comes with build number XXU1BOA2, and it was created on January 29.

The ROM based on Google’s latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop software, but because it’s a Samsung ROM, it has TouchWiz and all the other apps and features you’d expect to see baked in. That also means it won’t trip your KNOX counter, and you can downgrade to Androids 4.4.4 KitKat again if you wish.

According to poster “Beaukhof1,” the ROM is “really smooth,” and they are yet to run into problems with it. It’s unclear exactly how long it has been used, or how extensively it has been tested, however. As always, the ROM will need to be flashed manually using Odin.


Because this is a pre-release ROM, you will need to be cautious with it. While it seems stable, there’s a good chance it will contain bugs or break features you rely on. It’s probably best you do not flash this on a daily driver, then.

If you do decide to install it, ensure you backup your data first, and follow the installation instructions published in the original XDA thread via the source link below. You’ll find the links for the downloads you need there, too.