Amid the growing cries of Samsung “forgetting”  and “pretending it doesn’t exist”, the Galaxy Note 4 managed to do the seemingly impossible when it was updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, at least for some users in Hungary. In truth the word is still out as to just how it happened, though it is believed to have been a mistake, similar to how some T-Mobile users found themselves in a similar situation with the Galaxy Note 5 last month. Nonetheless, one of the lucky users (ardaiaron) running Marshmallow has decided to post some footage on YouTube:

The video, which is about seven and a half minutes, highlights a few key points about Marshmallow on the Note 4, though many of them are problems rather than positives:

  1. There is a considerable amount of lag present. At times the entire screen will just remain blank as background processes load. Additionally the multitasking app “Rolodex” also has lag. This kind of issue is likely a result of the pre-release software running on the device. OEMs usually spend several weeks or months testing and fine-tuning firmware updates so that they are properly optimized for the hardware running it. Granted this doesn’t always translate into the best results, but it would be quite surprising for Samsung to deploy the update featured in this video as “RTM” status.
  2. Some of the Samsung-specific icons (S Health for example) are incorrectly sized and therefore appear significantly smaller than the rest.
  3. Air Command and related functionality from the Galaxy Note 5 has been ported. This includes the ability to write with the screen off, as the video demonstrates.
  4. There are some ongoing error messages (specifically “Samsung Cloud has stopped”) that randomly appear while in use. While the man recording the video was unsure just what this meant, we suspect it has to do with a synchronization error or problem related to being logged into a Samsung Account (possibly with Device Backup activated) and software compatibility issues.
  5. Battery life is said to be the same as prior to the update. Also related, “Standard” power saving mode is now missing, with only Ultra power saving mode present. This may be a result of internal power optimization due to Android Doze or it could be missing from the build present on this device.

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As we reported yesterday, this update is seemingly only available for the Galaxy Note 4: SM-N910F variant and may be part of a soak test or, as suggested in the introduction, possibly even a mistake. It should be noted that the visual changes seemingly being introduced to the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow build are nowhere to be found here.

In addition to the changes detailed in the video, Marshmallow also brings with it some core OS related improvements, including the new Doze mode to save on idle battery power consumption and Google Now On Tap, designed to search for results based on whatever content and text is displayed on-screen. The update is also said to offer some performance improvements, though with this particular build that does not seem to be the case.

We want to hear from you! Have you managed to score the update or flash it? Would you considering using it based on the performance as seen in this video? Have your feelings about the Galaxy Note 4 changed now that it is clear Samsung is working on merging it with Marshmallow? Leave us your thoughts and comments below!

  • Daggett Beaver

    No thanks. I’m very happy with 5.1.1. Maybe by 6.3. when they smooth out all the crap, fix all the bugs, and make it available for my Sprint phone, I’ll consider it.

    • Fat Bitch

      My Sprint S5 it still on 5.0. I doubt I’ll ever get 5.1.1 before 6.0.

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  • jokky

    It’s laggy but it’s still amazing that samsung ported note 5 features to the note 4. Normally they just bring the new os version but with the same functionality they first came with, I think that samsung is changing a little.

  • Camilla/קמילה

    looks so lagggy,everythig is so much slower on this video.

  • Cowen K. Gittens

    My AT&T version is still on 5.0.1 and based on this review I don’t think I want an update

  • Steven Ong

    Do we get galaxy theme store like note5? <3___<3

    • Bobby Vulture

      Would love to have the same Note5 features for the Spen AND a theme store like the S6, Note5…

  • Hssphaily

    It seems that it’s a developer version of some sort cause when he tapped the marshmallow logo at the end, the floppy bird like Easter egg didn’t actually show instead the “I don’t know what’s going on” emoji popped up and I remember android 6 developer preview had that for nexus devices.

  • The blank screen was there because he changed the system language. Try it, any phone, including Nexuses will reload the launcher if you change the system language. He mentioned this in the video.

    The other problems are fortunately easy to fix: just disable the samsung apps. This cloud thing is surely one of the first any Samsung user disables.

    On the other hand, I am afraid we are walking into the same mistake as with the 5.0 update. Note4 was one of the first the receive Lollipop (2014 november?), a very half-baked, buggy, laggy, battery hungry and memory leaky 5.0. By spring the other Samsung flagships got a much better optimized 5.1.1. Which some Note 4 users are still waiting to get. Until then they are stuck with the worst Android release…

  • I’ll be stoked if the Note 5’s S-Pen features being ported over are true. I’m happy with my sm-N910G device on ‘L 5.1.1’. 5.0 was memory leaky but it’s smooth now. If Marshmallow turns out like 5.0 Lollipop did, it will be deja-vu for many of us…again.
    And with all things, we want the latest of something. Anything. We want it now! So even though people will report on-line about Android M 6.0 being ‘laggy’, u know we are mashing the “check for updates” button :)

  • Yolø23

    it is an beta software of 6.0 this guy running on his note 4.

  • Dominique Davis

    I don’t trust 6.0. So I’m sticking with 5.1 on my note 4 until they fix this issue

  • Dominique Davis

    I don’t trust 6.0. So I’m sticking with 5.1 on my note 4 until they fix this issue

  • Dominique Davis

    I don’t trust 6.0. So I’m sticking with 5.1 on my note 4 until they fix this issue

  • Dominique Davis

    I don’t trust 6.0. So I’m sticking with 5.1 on my note 4 until they fix this issue

  • rodneydavis

    I HATE IT! I have a Note 4 and as soon as I updated to Marshmallow, by ANDROID PAY STOPPED WORKING! my nfc still works but not smoothly like before…ANDROID PAY DOES NOT WORK!