Galaxy Note 4 owners won’t get Samsung’s latest TouchWiz anytime soon
Now that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are on sale, fans of the larger Galaxy Note series are wondering when they’re going to get an Android 5.1 Lollipop update with Samsung’s new and improved TouchWiz user interface.
But according to sources familiar with Samsung’s plans, the South Korean company hasn’t even started on Android 5.1 for the Galaxy Note 4 yet.
Samsung’s latest TouchWiz is a huge improvement over previous versions. While it appears to carry just as much bloatware on the surface, users have more control over pre-installed apps, and Samsung’s additional features aren’t quite as “in your face” as they once were.
The new TouchWiz is also significantly faster, according to early reviews of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. It’s no wonder, then, that Galaxy Note 4 owners can’t wait to get their hands on it — but even though their device is just five months old, it’s going to have to wait.
Following reports that Samsung is close to launching an Android 5.1 update with the latest TouchWiz for the Note 4, SamMobile’s reliable sources have confirmed that’s not the case.
“Well, thanks to our insiders, we can confirm that this rumor is as baseless as rumors that have come before,” reads the report.
“Our sources tell us that Samsung is not working on Android 5.1 for any of its devices at the moment, let alone the Galaxy Note 4. There is also no word of the company bringing the latest version of its UX to the Galaxy Note 4 with Android 5.1.”
This is certainly disappointing news for Note 4 owners, but it’s hardly a surprise. The Note 4 has only just begun to receive Android 5.0.2, and Samsung has been incredibly slow at bringing the software to new markets; many Note 4 owners are still stuck on KitKat.
Don’t be too disappointed, though; given its age, the Note 4 will almost certainly get Android 5.1 and an updated TouchWiz at some point — you just shouldn’t expect it anytime soon.