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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Changelog

6 March 2016, 4:22 am EST By Horia Ungureanu Tech Times
Verizon Wireless just made its clients who own the Galaxy Note 5 very happy. The carrier has announced that the Samsung devices will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow and some additional goodies in an OTA update.   ( Verizon )

Verizon customers who own the Galaxy Note 5 will be happy to know that the carrier is now delivering Android 6.0 Marshmallow to their devices.

Late last year, the Android update roadmap for Samsung's smartphones pushed the Galaxy Note 5 from a Q4 2015 update time frame to Q1 2016.

Not long afterwards, Samsung said that an official testing plan for Marshmallow will roll out for two major carriers. The devices on this list were AT&T's Galaxy S6 edge (model number SM-G925A) and Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920A), alongside Verizon's Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925V) and Galaxy S6 edge+ (SM-G928V).

Based on Verizon Wireless' recent announcement, the Galaxy Note 5 on Big Red will also check the Q1 2016 deadline and receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Samsung also packed a number of goodies in the update, such as the Cross App multitasking capability and a new web browser.

The software version after the update will be MMB29K.N920VVRU2BPB2 and will include the much awaited Marshmallow features, such as the Doze mode, which allows the phone to use its battery power more efficiently. Another plus of the update is that it lets users switch some default options with third-party apps. For example, the stock dialer can be replaced with another one.

When looking at Verizon's contribution to the release, we find nifty things such as enabling Wi-Fi Calling and YouTube Live Broadcast. This means that the Galaxy Note 5 owners will finally be able to stream whatever is around them on their personal YouTube Channel.

It is easy to set up the broadcast: simply go to Camera, Mode and choose Live broadcast. If you find yourself using the feature rather often, use the Create shortcut option from the Settings tab to create a quick access icon on your phone's home page.

Thanks to the software update, Wi-Fi Calling is enabled for users who use HD Voice. Simply go to Settings, select Advanced Calling and click on Activate Advanced Calling to tap into the HD Voice feature on your device.

One cosmetic adjustment many users will enjoy concerns the notification bar area. Famed as one of TouchWiz's worst design ideas, the bar now has a white theme decorated with light blue accents. What is more, the keyboard and the entire interface were optimized, granting better response time and faster actions.

It is also worth mentioning that the Amazon App store was removed from the default apps. 

The update is rolling out now, so if you haven't received it yet just have a little more patience. If you got it already, drop by our comment section and let us know how it fares.

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