T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 update brings Android 5.1.1, Advanced Messaging, and T-Mo Video Calling

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UPDATE: The Galaxy Note Edge is getting an update, too.

 

Today is Cyber Monday, and while most folks will be focused on deals, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners have something else to get excited about.

T-Mobile says that it’s now pushing an update to the Galaxy Note 4. There are actually two different updates for the two different versions of the T-Mobile Note 4, which are the N910T and the N910T3. The N910T is getting a 677.68MB update to N910TUVU2DOK2, while the N910T3 is getting a 223.28MB update to N910T3UVU1DOK2. The big difference between these two updates appears to be that the N910 is getting Android 5.1.1, which the N910T3 has had for a few months now.

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These updates also brings support for Advanced Messaging and T-Mobile Video Calling, which launched on other Samsung models earlier this year. There are some performance, battery life, and security improvements, as well.

Here’s the official changelog for the 677.68MB update:

  • L OS upgrade – 5.1.1
  • Added new feature. – RCS, Video call (IR.94), Smart Manager, Samsung+
  • Overall device performance has been improved.
  • Battery life has been optimized.
  • You should upgrade the Gear Fit Manager app to the latest version to experience these changes.
  • The security of your device has been improved.
  • After updating, you will not be able to downgrade to the old software because of updates to the security policy.
  • If your device is encrypted, it must be decrypted before upgrading.

These look like nice updates for Galaxy Note 4 owners. The N910T crowd is finally getting Android 5.1.1, which may not be the absolute latest version of Android, but it’s certainly better than Android 5.0.1. And as a reminder, T-Mo has said that an Android 6.0 update for the Note 4 is in the works. Getting back to today, these updates also include Advanced Messaging and T-Mobile Video Calling, which is notable because T-Mobile is continuing to expand the number of devices that support these services.

To check for an update on your Note 4, just head into Settings > About device > Software update.

Thanks, Idmm0609 and Manuel!

Source: T-Mobile

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  • true2ou

    Can you receive updates from T-mobile with an unlocked phone?

    • jonathan3579

      Yep!

  • Verizonthunder

    Finally, but too late. Already made the switch.

  • calvin35

    They better not take that long to get the Note 5 to Marshmallow.

  • logical

    i’ve been on marshmallow for two months. no more samsung for me

  • lastxit

    Too late. Done with Samsuck. I think the biggest problem here is a complete lack of communication. If the carrier/manufacturer would just tell their customers what is going on, then I believe most people would understand and make due. Instead we’re treated like mushrooms. The manufacturer who provides expandable storage and the better update schedule gets my money from now on.

  • Buggy

    Stability? Haven’t moved past 4.4.4 due to negative reviews of 5.0 on note 4…

    • 444

      Me too. Waiting for feedback on this.

    • eladsim

      I actually updated this morning and have the N910T. Everything went very smoothly. Before update I cleared the cache of all apps. After updating, I let the phone sit for about 10 minutes. Now everything is very smooth with minimal lag. I regretted upgrading to 5.0.1, but I’m very glad this update has been released. So far it has been a great experience.

    • Buggy

      So I performed the update a week ago and glad I did. Smooth performance. Updated my wife’s note 4 as well with same result. Very happy. Coming from 4.4.4, there were 3 updates total. Cleared cache before each update and let each update marinate for 10 minutes after installing before touching the phone again. All told, took about 1.5 hours to complete.

  • Mark J

    done with Samsung also and happy :))

  • Grow Up U Self Entitled Brats

    I’m confused, are you all crying like babies because the update sucks? Or are you crying like babies because you don’t want to wait for the updates?

    • Android_God

      It’s like a five year old getting upset because you took away their toy. These people are really super pathetic. It’s funny because when I bought my note 4 I wasn’t even thinking about updates to the software nor did anyone promise me updates.

      • DILAW IDDAHLA

        I agree. When I buy a device, I actually look and test how the current software runs on it. I have had Nexus devices, HTC, LG and Samsung. All these Android updates in my opinion are hyped up. I have never had an update that made LOTS of improvements. That’s just my opinion though

  • G1andonly

    I knew this would happen. I told everyone that the note 4 was the step child of Sam suck and that it wasn’t skipping to 6.0. It took this long as 6.0 will not come to the 4 and if it does it won’t be until the note 6 is released. Well I too have moved on to the V10 just last Week, and it was the best move I’ve made. F u sammy

    • Android_God

      BOO HOO HOO

    • GameBoi/KillaBit

      You’re going to have the same problem with the v10 with the nest update or future update. You do know that Samsung pushed this 5.1.1 months ago, right? It’s Tmo that held your update this long. So you buying another tmo phone will not fix your “problem”.

  • joemail

    i hate that it wont let me download the update over mobile data. i have unlimited :D

    • Jose Lugo

      Yea that annoyed me for a sec then I just jumped on the wifi, went by quick.

    • superg05

      it’s more likely to get corrupted

  • Android_God

    If you’ve moved on to another phone from the Note 4, .00000001% of us really truly give a f***

    • thepanttherlady

      Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays!

      • Android_God

        Ha!! Good one. I don’t even know why I bother reading the comments. My buddy says the comment section is where hate lives.

        Just a bunch of crybabies whining about how they left Samsung. As if we should care.

  • ArchangelRenzoku

    Got the update this morning. Not noticing anything different. No one I know uses Advanced Messaging yet (plus we all use Signal for encrypted real-time messaging). Lag seems slightly reduced but it did clear its own cache and dalvik during the update so… We’ll see. Multi-tasking button tho got a fat speedboost!

  • ssjchaseutley

    Once again, no Galaxy S4 love.

    • jacob

      Well the galaxy s4 is pretty old and its already a 2 year old phone!

      • ssjchaseutley

        Strange how the phone is old and yet, Verizon released 5.1 for it within the last 8 months.

        • GameBoi/KillaBit

          To be honest, I only want to update for the stability. If your s4 is stable, then I wouldn’t worry. It is pretty sad that the s$ was just an in between device tho.

        • ssjchaseutley

          I need that stability big time.

        • Jose Lugo

          Not strange at all. 5.0.1 is buggy, 5.1.1 “fixed some” issues-which was owed to all phones on 5.0.1. You just won’t get 6.0 sry.

        • Bob

          We should at least get 5.0.1 then. I have some Verizon S4 friends who are happy with 5.0.1.

        • ssjchaseutley

          Not at all sad about not receiving 6.0. That, I can understand. What I don’t understand is why 5.1.1 is made available to S4 users on other carriers and not T-Mobile.

        • Bonedatt

          Because T-Mobile is crazy like that at times. They did the same thing with the Galaxy Note 2’s kit Kat Update. Every other carrier sent it out except T-Mobile.

    • Bob

      I know, right!

      AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint (LTE model only) S4s got the Lollipop update.

      Come on T-Mobile!

  • Android_God

    A few improvements I’ve noticed:
    The recently used apps button is much faster and switching between apps is much faster. Previously when I took a picture it would crash trying to click and load said picture. That’s gone thankfully! The new advanced messaging options are cool but I use hangouts. Google Now fires up faster and is more consistent when you say okay Google. Prior to this update it never would work while inside an app, despite my settings being correct.

    • CompellingReasons

      I know the update is better than 5.0 but how does it compare with 4.4.4.? Speed, memory etc .?

      • Android_God

        Battery life seems better!

  • carlos moran

    Dang it!! I rooted my phone and already put cyanogenmod on my note 4.

    • B Brad

      Cyanogenmod which? The android 5.1 based one or 6? How is it working? Notice any problems with gps or camera? I’m considering similar.

      • carlos moran

        I’m on cm 12.1. Touchwiz sucker and there was a lot of lag. With cm12.1 the phone is really smooth and there’s not a lot of lag. The GPS works fine and the camera app is basic.

        • B Brad

          So you sound pretty happy. Today’s 5.1 upgrade does help with lag, slow app switching, and slow home button. Still tempted by cyanogen. Glad to hear it’s working well for you.

        • carlos moran

          Thanks but I’m not sure if I should stay with cyanogenmod or go back to top hwiz and get the update

        • Julien Pierre

          Biggest problem with Cyanogen & T-mobile is that you don’t get Wifi calling, which is very useful for me when traveling abroad. T-mobile offers free roaming data in many countries, but the calls are NOT cheap. $5.99/min to call the US from Vietnam if you are on cellular with T-Mobile. Free with Wi-fi calling.

  • B Brad

    Finally, only 8 months after the 5.1 release.

  • FINALLY!!!! I also purchased the v10. I’m about to sell my GN4! and buy something else soon.

    • Stone Cold

      Love it

  • joemail

    knock on wood this is actually a nice update. the phone is snappier and txt messages just seem to go out faster(i know i know i used go sms) but it just seems overall much faster. Nice update and i rooted several times with the top fav roms from xda from tekhd and the likes. I went back to stock unfortunately because the GoodApp(aka sht app that my company uses with the chat) It was a hassle not having emails for the sake of a rooted phone. Sadly im getting used to stock…

    • Jose Lugo

      No no, you are 100% correct on the text messages, 5.0.1 was painful sometimes. This is def a lot quicker to send text.

  • steve1026

    Anyone else having issues with Google Voice? Since the update to 5.1.1 that app is now useless. Even when you have the app set to “ask everytime I make a call” the phone disregards and continues to call from my private number. You will have to sign into the web UI and make calls that way, not ideal when out of the office. I really hope they get this fixed!!

    • Mark Rebert

      I’m experiencing the same issue. It is noted in the Google Voice Forums with some things to try to get it to work properly. None worked for me. I rely on Google Voice and this Android update makes it worthless for outgoing calls. Plus there is no way to (easily) roll back this version of Android.

      • IamTwone

        I am having the same issue, the only work around right now for outgoing is to call thru hangouts until this is fixed. I just hate how hangouts has the contacts setup.

        • Bonedatt

          Yeah hangouts contact setup really sucks when trying to use it to make calls. Unfortunately, that’s what we’re stuck it for now (or maybe forever) :(

  • Android_God

    Is app optimization new with this update? I don’t seem to remember it previously. My battery life seems great compared to before the update.

  • hlkramer7

    I have the note 5 and my husband has the note 4. I was so excited for him to get the update yesterday for the video calling and the new advanced messaging. Well, the video calling is working great, but the messaging is the same and we done get read receipts or the “bubbles” when they’re responding. I’ve checked all settings and everything is good. Is anyone else having this issue?? TIA

    • Vlad

      That’s not true, after update default sms app, now showing right inside message if it was delivered and then if it was read. Plus when a person is typing you can see a message saying he’s typing.
      Also if you go inside details screen of individual message, it’s type is no longer says text, but “chat”

      • hlkramer7

        I know that’s what it’s supposed to do. But, ours is NOT doing any of that.

        • Timbo1

          What app was this supposed to be for, the stock Samsung messages app? If so mine does not do that either.

          Edit: the settings are there but it does not seem to be functioning for me, unless you need to be messaging someone who uses the same app?

        • hlkramer7

          Yes, just the original stock messaging app on the phone. It really sucks that it isn’t functioning properly.

        • Timbo1

          I would check the settings in both phones. I did notice that the character counts of the old messages app are now kb counters. Perhaps both devices have to have the current app and I don’t know anyone that has it to see if it is actually working or not. I think my fiancé still has the old one on her S5 so I can’t really test it unless I can find a ported app to put on her phone.

        • hlkramer7

          Settings on both phones are good. I’m gonna just try and call tmobile this evening. Hopefully I’m not on the phone forever. I’ll update after. TY!

        • B-Mobile

          So i installed the update on Monday, and sent out some “test” messages. my sister has a Galaxy S6 and her messages show indicators – delivered, read etc: but my father has a Note 4 and i had him update his phone yesterday. There are no notifications on our conversations at all. also when my sister sends me a message back there is no indication that she is typing anything – just my 2 cents

        • hlkramer7

          Ugh!! It’s so frustrating.

        • Bonedatt

          Have you tried wiping cache partition? It’s not as bad as it may sound. You won’t be losing anything important.

          Press and hold the “power button, home button and the volume up button” at the same time.

          When the phone vibrates, let go of the power and home buttons but continue holding the volume up button.

          Once you see the system recovery screen, you can let go of the volume up button

          Now use the volume down button to scroll down and highlight the wipe cache partition option

          Press the power button to select it.

          Wait for a few seconds for Android to wipe the cache partition.

          Once it is done with the wipe, ensure that “reboot system now” option is highlighted. If it isn’t, you can use the volume keys to scroll to it, then use the power key to select it.

          Your phone should now reboot. Usually I do a master reset after an OS update but that’s just me. :)

    • TMOGUY

      Here’s a tip – for the new video calling and messaging to work, you have to either be on LTE (and not logged into Wifi), OR – if you are logged into Wifi, Wifi calling has to be on and activated.
      The features will not work if you are on WiFi but have WiFi calling off or set to prefer cellular connection.
      Also will not work if not on Wifi, and only have 2G, 3G or 4G connection. If not on WiFi you need to have LTE.

      Source: Got this from internal doc on AMS and Video calling specifically for Note 4.

      Both my wife and I have Note 4’s.. I am also lucky enough to live one block from a big tower. I used to leave WiFi calling off because of that (but connected to WiFi), now I’ve changed this and use WiFI for calling and the features work.

      • hlkramer7

        I will check my WIFI settings. TY for the heads up! :)

  • T Redd

    how does this compare to 4.4.4 ? is it worth updating?

    • TechnoRealz

      IMO – NO!
      Lollipop was the worse batter drainer & buggy Android OS ever.
      No wonder they rushed out Marshmallow 6.0 12 months later.

      I kept my Mom’s LG90 at KK 4.4.4.
      Kept my OPO at KK 4.4.4.
      Made the mistake updating my Nexus 9 to Lolliop & had to send it back to HTC to get it reset to factory after one OTA killed it in bootloop.
      That coming after months of laggy battery draining performance.

      • LoveMyNote

        Im still on 4.4.4. Things work great. Sometimes I think the industry puts out these updates so we have to upgrade phones. Hoping my Note 4 goes on forever.

        • ummduh

          I’m not updating currently due to not being able to revert. I’ve tried a bunch of 5.1.1 roms and kept going back to KK for battery life. I’ll wait until some roms come out that don’t bork the revert option. But still not holding my hopes up even though this is the official update vs. custom roms.

    • Chris

      I was on 4.4.4 and decided to try 5.0 again. THis update fixed the issues I had which were poor network signal and horrid battery. I did need to factory reset after the update or the phone wouldnt sleep, other than that…Im liking it

    • Timbo1

      So far I am really enjoying this update. My Note 4 seems to have shed most of that notorious Touchwiz lag so far. The gallery opens almost instantly especially when sharing a screen shot, where before it would lag like crazy for me. The multitasking window opens much faster now too, unfortunately though I still have to shake my phone when I open the camera app so it will focus, I’ve heard though that was caused by the my Tmobile app though(I think I saw that on XDA) battery life seems a bit better but nothing to write home about, hopefully the Marshmallow update will fix that, whenever we get it. Overall I am happy with the update especially since it got rid of most of that Touchwiz lag. Another thing, I think the update added those terrible gloop sounds that were on the S3 to the dialer, I don’t remember them before but they could have been there as I usually dial with the sounds muted.

      • Note4Issues

        The camera issue is a mechanical issue. You should have exchanged your phone.

    • Bill

      Better stay on KitKat. Note 4 is designed for Kitkat. You will find alot of people unhappy about Lollipop upgrade if you read the articles on Tech Times. Go there and search for Note 4 update problems and read the comments for yourself. Better be smart about this because if you are unhappy, you cannot go back!

  • Heath Briscoe

    Push the “Battery Usage” button. It will show you the old screen with the info on it.

  • So far I like just about everything about this update. My messaging app seems to take forever to open now though, and my battery has been draining noticeably faster than before. Also…still having issues with the camera not focusing. Other than those complaints, I’m enjoying everything else.

    • batteryIssues

      The battery issue is a big complaint as far as Im concerned. Have you tried a master reset?

      • Bit the bullet and did the factory reset. It’s not draining as much as it did yesterday. We’ll see how it turns out.

    • Jenny Davey

      I am having the same exact problems. It’s frustrating to say the least.

      • Any better for you yet?

        • Jenny Davey

          No. I had to download a different messaging app because mine kept locking up and crashing. That solved that problem, but the camera focus is still slow and battery is dying faster. The camera focus issue is similar to the note 4 defect, but not as bad. That camera wouldn’t focus until you hit the phone. I’m on my 4th replacement now for that problem and this one finally worked. Since this update, however, the focus is slow, but I need only point the camera towards something far away to get it to focus. Since it started after the update, I’m blaming that for this recent problem. I heard we may not see any fixes until the marshmallow release. :(

    • art

      There is a recall for the note 4 with cameras that aren’t focusing. Call your service provider.

  • noel alphonso

    Will the LG g4 get this update or any other phones then Samsung

  • Dave

    I wonder if this feature will be enabled with an update on the Galaxy Note 3

  • Neoprimal

    When I got my Note 4, I loved it. Hours in, I loved it a lot less. The phone had 1/2 the RAM used without any added apps and once apps were added, you started to see issues; it would freeze for seconds, it would reboot at 15% because it was really at 1 or 2% battery capacity and it was really not a fun device to use. Because of the Note 4, I have been scared to get another Samsung device for fear of similar issues.

    Enter 5.1.1 and everything has changed. The Note 4 is now everything I expected it to be. It’s at the very least, back to the way it was when I initially turned it on, fast and fluid and I’m barely seeing any hiccups at all. I don’t know what kind of digital voodoo has been done but I actually like the phone and may end up keeping it for 2 years. My plan was to keep it for 18 months and then switch it out on JUMP for something else but depending on how it goes I may give it to my wife when it’s paid off and get something new then.

    So far, so good.

    • T Redd

      same here. did you have the battery drain issue when the power is off?

      • Neoprimal

        My phone is on 24/7. If it turns off it’s only because it lied to me about having 15% or more and then turned off, which happened sometimes but not all the time so I can’t really say whether there’s battery drain when the power is off. If you mean now, after the update, I can always test it and see.

        • T Redd

          I went to bed at 10 o’clock and woke up at 7 o’clock in the morning and it was at 85%. i usually keep it on. seems kinda weird. my s4 and s5 never had that problem. i dont recall having the issue on 5.0.1. im on kitkat

        • OldSchool

          Thats what worries me and why Im still on 4.4.4. Im kind of screwed though. It downloaded this morning while I was not paying attention. Now it is going to annoy me until I do it.

        • GoodtoGo

          UPDATE: I installed the update and it was worth it. It’s a good update folks.

  • Vincent Nueva

    Just upgraded to the 5.1.1. on y Note 4. Battery life has diminished drastically. I also lost the use of my address book. Is there a fix for this? Lost all contacts all its saying is “Updating contact list” for that last 3 days now.

    • BHARANI KUMAR

      I too have the same issue. Since last 4 days, i could not use contacts as it says updating contact list. Also phone is getting hot and battery draining out quickly

  • Z Valencia

    I updated my phone and it caused my phone to crash. I couldn’t do anything on my phone except make calls. I had to get a completely new phone due to this “update”

  • Ryan Hagge

    I love how I can’t go back to 4.4.4 after I found out apps aren’t working properly with 5.1.1 :(

  • Honeybear212

    This update messed up the text messaging on my galaxy note 4. It freezes and won’t send messages properly. Anyone having the same issue?

    • Kmonk

      YES – my keyboard freezes when I try to type texts. After a bit of time lapses, the message I was typing fills in but it repeats itself over and over. It is very annoying. I wish I had not updated my phone.

    • I had this issue as well. Factory reset fixed it. I didn’t want to go to such extreme measures but it made my phone feel brand new again.

  • Mr. Moore

    This update messed up my Google voice.

  • Tony84

    Purchased Note 4 a couple months ago with 5.0.1 , installed 5.1.1 update a few weeks ago finding pretty good performance except for when developer options enabled.
    Transition animation scale increased to 0.5x. caused multi task freeze reboots galore very disappointing to say the least.
    GPS finally took a dump providing no lock <—- This issue is caused by hardware malfunction main board contact point not having firm connection with GPS antenna.

    From there T-mobile sent me replacement brand new T3 build 5.1.1 already installed.
    Hardware's strong firm home button , GPS locks instantly big time difference & 5.1.1 performance is mint.
    Those holding T build under preforming ask for T3 build replacement you wont be disappointed