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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 may be one of the best smartphones on the market but a few issues related to software do impact upon the performance and the Korean OEM is working on updates to fix these issues.

A big update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is expected to land early next year bringing with it security fixes, reduced battery consumption and strengthened privacy, but in the meantime, Samsung has begun issuing a maintenance update to optimise the battery usage.

The update – which landed on my N920C model yesterday – weighs in at 144MB in size and the brief changelog reveals that the Call functionality on the Note 5 has been improved. The update also optimises battery usage (hopefully resulting in better battery life) along with improved security. A key point of note is that after applying this update, you’re no longer able to downgrade to previous ROMs due to changes in the security policy and this update is likely a precursor (or one of many) to the Marshmallow update.

What’s interesting is that Softpedia reports the update is rolling out to Note 5 users in Europe, even though the handset isn’t officially sold on the continent. It’s unknown which handsets are getting this maintenance update but we’ll let you know when we hear more; after using the update for the past day, stability and performance does seem to be improved but it remains to be seen just how much battery life it delivers.

Have you got the update on your Note 5? If so, which model do you have and from which country? Let us know in the comments below guys!

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