We have seen early Android Lollipop builds running on a number of Samsung flagship devices within the past month or so and SamMobile has now managed to get its hands on a Galaxy Note 4 running the new version of Android.
Overall, the Material Design look of the new Touchwiz is pretty much the same as what we saw with the Galaxy Note 3. The color scheme, icons, and stock apps are all looking pretty much set, suggesting that Samsung is moving closer to finishing its Lollipop builds. But there are a couple of changes that we haven’t seen before.
In the video (above) we can also sneak a look at two new camera features included with the Note 4’s Lollipop build – slow-motion video and “fast time” (aka time-lapse) photo/video modes. The general settings menu appears to have switched over to scrollable tabs for quick settings, connections, device settings, etc, which is probably preferable to one long list. There is also an on-screen back button placed in the settings sub-menus. You can take a closer look in the images below.
Although the early look heavily suggests that the Galaxy Note 4 will see an update from Samsung, there still is no official word on a release date or even an acknowledgement from Samsung that it is working on any Lollipop updates. Based on how these builds are shaping up, perhaps early 2015 would be a reasonable rollout estimate, but your guess is as good as mine.