The new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has apparently become the first device from the South Korean technology giant to get the latest Android 5.1.1. Lollipop firmware update, SamMobile reported, citing a user of the XDA forum.
According to the user, the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S6 Edge has started receiving the new Android 5.1.1. Lollipop over-the-air (OTA) update, but neither T-Mobile nor Samsung have confirmed the roll out. The user also posted a video of his Galaxy S6 Edge running the new firmware.
“Okay guys so many people called me fake and I don't blame you… having 5.1.1 even when nexus devices don't have it is kinda suspicious but I need to clarify some things… New boot loader is not locked like Verizon/ATT phones It's FRP, Factory Reset Protection. This is google's response to Icloud for stolen/lost devices,” the user wrote in a note, providing several screenshots of the update.
The “phone seems to be really smooth and stable, however it looks like the camera needs some work done,” the user said, adding that the firmware was unlikely to be the final build. “I guess I'm just lucky I got it this morning and be happy that Samsung has a build this stable with 5.1.1 which means official releases are not far.”
In addition to new features and bug fixes, the Android 5.1.1 update is also expected to enable users to create guest accounts on both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The new “Guest Mode” will allow a single device to be used by multiple users -- a feature, which was initially added on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but only for tablets, SamMobile reported, adding that the feature is likely to be available for other Samsung devices as well.
Google released the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for various devices, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, in March. The company said at the time that the update improves stability and performance, and also offers new features such as support for multiple SIM cards, device protection and high-definition sound during calls on compatible phones.