Useful video highlights changes made in Android 5.1.1 for S6 and S6 Edge

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Yesterday, T-Mobile approved and released the Android 5.1.1 software update for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users. At the time there was some confusion about what exactly was in the update. But thankfully, one of our tech-reviewing friends on YouTube was on hand to show us.

Michael Kukielka (better known as DetroitBorg) uploaded a very quick video to his channel showing off the performance and design improvements made in the software.

The most noticeable improvement was the fingerprint scanner performance. Michael shows both phones – one running the previous software – and compares the speed at which the updated device unlocks using just a fingerprint scan. Android 5.1.1 on the S6 also lets you scale down some of Samsung’s TouchWiz-ness in the drop-down notification drawer.

For aspiring photographers, there’s a key change in the camera user interface which now lets you manually adjust the ISO/exposure levels giving you control over how much light gets to the sensor. It’ll undoubtedly help those instances where – like most mobile cameras – it over-exposes a little.

All in all, these look like great incremental updates. But the one big missing feature is Guest Mode. Several publications (including us) announced that the 5.1.1 refresh would come with the ability to sign in friends and family as guests for temporary access. If included, it would restrict the apps and account settings accessible and then wipe the Guest Mode login session shortly after exiting. Sadly, that feature hasn’t arrived but it will – apparently – be in the next delta update for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Stay tuned for that one.

Thanks to Michael for the video. Be sure to check out his channel for some insanely in-depth product review videos.

Source: YouTube

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  • bryck2003

    Does anybody know if theres any plans for 5.1.1 build for the Note 4 in the near future? I’m ready to flash back to KitKat

    • n900mixalot

      I wouldn’t bet on it.

      • bryck2003

        I thought so. Thanks. This might be the last Samsung phone I buy. Massive WiFi problems.

        • Jeremy

          Yep I have them (problems) as well and wifi calling on this phone is a joke.

      • MattinPDX

        https://www.androidpit.com/galaxy-note-4-android-update I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it on the Note 4. 5.1.1 isn’t a huge leap like Lollipop was. It’s a pretty simple update.

  • Bradley Karas

    I did notice that when traveling thru an area with low band 12…in the prior version because band 12 was a stronger signal it would revert to band 12 even if band 4 was available. On the new version it will always try to find band 4 first. I am in a wideband area and the speeds are noticeably different

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    But the ram management is still too aggressive

  • mreveryphone

    I do notice that when coming out of some apps my home screen doesn’t take 10 to 15 seconds to render like it did before on 5.0.2

  • Tory

    Can you disable the capacitive key lights yet…

    • MatthewPDX

      You should be able to under display settings.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Luckily theres an app for that

  • Corey

    One HUGE improvement for my edge is the notification window swipes down easier. I used to have to swipe my thumb almost to the bottom of the screen for the notification window to stick, and often times it would pull back up. It was a pain, but seems fixed after update.

  • Martin Molina

    Am I the only one who has noticed a bunch of glitches with this update. For example, the toggles and now the ring tones and now a stupid app that I’ve disabled since I got the phone, keeps saying unfortunately hangouts has stopped even though I’ve disabled it. And my phone just starts to vibrate out of the blue ugh.

    • Jared

      Man. I too have the “missing toggle” problem. What the heck Samsung?! Samsung has acknowledge this problem. I don’t share the other problems you are experiencing. I’m really considering sell this phone and getting a Nexus 6. Depending how fast this patch comea out with dictate if I keep or sell this phone. Battery life has been the most dissapointing. Camera on this phone is BOSS!

      • Martin Molina

        I’ve been loyal to samsung ever since my first galaxy vibrant, and I’ve always loved their cameras but this one for sure takes the cake lol. And yea I get where ya coming from and the last thing I’d do is master reset my phone which in this case I will have to do. My ring tones sound the alvin and the chipmunks remix. I wouldn’t trade sell or anything I always find a solution, that’s always been my way. I’ll let ya’ll know if master reseting it does it.

        • Jared

          That would be fantastic if a factory restore resolves the issue. Please let us know other way!!! Here’s where it gets strange. When I updated to 5.1.1 yesterday, after the update I DID a FACTORY RESTORE. Not sure if I had all the toggles before the update, after the update or factory restore. I know they were missing about 12 hours after the update/factory restore.

        • Martin Molina

          Huh that’s weird, I’ve just finished backing up my stuff on SD card. So imma start the reset let ya’ll know in a bit.

        • Martin Molina

          Dude, turns out that master reseting it works thank goodness lol. Toggles are back phew.

    • mreveryphone

      My s6 edge is doing the same thing with the hangouts bug… Did factory resetting do the trick?

      • Martin Molina

        Unfortunately no it did not. I video chatted with a Samsung rep and we went thru some basic steps, it wasn’t acting up for half a day till, I restarted my phone and it was back, I was advised to go to a Samsung service station which could be found in any best buy store which is what imma have to do ugh.

      • Martin Molina

        Turns out that disabling hangouts affects the app. That’s why I was receiving such msg of it stopping. I have reset my phone twice and would disable the app, then I started getting the msg again. So I just left it alone this time and walah, there’s hasn’t been any forced stop from hangouts. So disabling it will cause it to keep crashing.

        • mreveryphone

          I went to best buy yesterday and had the Samsung rep reflash my phone but that didn’t help so maybe we’ll a fix for it soon…

        • Martin Molina

          Yea so did i, but turns out I know more than the guy that worked there lmao. But he did tell me to just leave it alone. If your disabling it dont. Since its a Google app and it’s conected to all other Google apps, it makes it act up.

        • mreveryphone

          Right I knew more than him too lol!

        • Martin Molina

          Hahahaha yea too funny.

  • Aaron Davis

    I bet the reason there is no “guest mode” is because Samsung wants to make it’s own TouchWiz version, and it isn’t ready yet.

    While Samsung does have some innovations (like multi-window mode), they put far too much effort into reinventing every wheel that Google releases.

  • Jimmy James

    This is useless, but under battery, “Show battery percentage” used to be under “More”. Now it is at the bottom.

  • Steve

    There’s also raw support in third party apps like camera v5 or snap camera hdr with full shutter control it’s a major update for me.

  • Randall Lind

    Do I need to talk with someone that has an Galaxy S6 in order to use video chat? What was strange I got the update yesterday then woke up today and it prompt me to install another update.

  • Tony

    And what about guest mode? Is it currently available?