Update [October 14, 2016]: A new update build ending with PG2 is available for Verizon Note 4 users, that brings the latest security patch to the device. It should be October patch, but it could turn out to be September patch too: we don’t have a confirmation with us for the time being. Anyway, the full version of the update is N910VVRU2CPG2, and it’s available as an OTA now.
Update [September 27, 2016]: T-Mobile is pushing out a new build for its Note 4 faithfuls, coming in as software version N910TUVS2EPG2 (or N910T3UVS2EPG2). The PG2 update is only about Android security patches, and even that isn’t the latest one, as its level is July 2016. But we’d say it’s still fair of Samsung and T-Mobile to push out a security when the device is over two years old now. Right?
[September 21, 2016]: This could be last big update for the Sprint Galaxy note 4 considering how old the device is now, and it comes as build N910PVPU4DPH4. We don’t have the full changelog from Sprint yet, but it’s being said that the PH4 update is bringing in security patches leading up to September, which is good of Sprint and Samsung. Size of the PH4 update runs around 450 MB.
Recently, AT&T also pushed an update to its Note 4 sets, with software version being N910AUCU2EPH5. The update brought the Marshmallow update to the device, along with some other nifty additions: Video calling, Advanced messaging and Wi-Fi calling.
Well, the Note 4 was one solid device that made the Note series pretty cooler than it already was. Specs-wise, Note 4 still remains solid enough to run Android 7.0 Nougat update, but it won’t at least officially.
Let’s break it down in details as to why there will be no official Android 7.0 update for the Note 4, and how it can still make it to Nougat.
That said, we expect the Samsung Nougat update to come for Galaxy S7 first (Sept-Oct 2016), followed by Note 7, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and Note 5 — with A-series and J-series sets getting their hands on the update too sooner or later in Q1 and Q3 2017.
No official Android Nougat for Note 4
Thing is, the Note 4 is more than two years old now. The Note 7 is out this year, after Note 5 became 4’s true successor last year. OEMs don’t carry on updating their 2 and 3-year olds to latest Android OS, and we quite understand them too, even if a spectacular device such as Note 4 — and Nexus 5 — get behind.
The Galaxy S5 is suffering a similar fate having received — like Note 4 — Marshmallow as its final major Android OS update. If you love updates, sticking with Note 4 won’t make sense anymore as the time passes on, neither buying one, because device is good as dead for Android 7.0 Nougat update.
This applies to unlocked global variant of Note 4 as well as those sets at carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular and other Canadian carriers. Sorry! No Nougat update.
BTW, there’s already a talk on Android O features going on, care to join in?
Note 4 Nougat update via unofficial channel
Android is open, and Google shares the whole of code with the world, for any use anyone can think of. We’ve seen countless times developers download that code, do their thing, and come out with an AOSP ROM for a particular device — most popular of which is CyanogenMod 14 — and that’s the door we see Nougat update come to Galaxy Note 4.
It will be void of Samsung’s custom skin called TouchWiz, and will be beautifully pleasant rocking the stock Android UI. But because not enough sources are available for devs, the ROM will not have as great camera performance as it is on Samsung devices, and camera — even though major — is not the only problem you could have with AOSP ROM based on Android 7.0 for Note 4. Not that we’re any shy of Nougat bugs and issues!
But anyway, we will share the unofficial Note 4 Nougat updates with you as and when they come along.
Do let us know your thoughts on Note 4 Nougat update. Do you think it’s fair that companies leave older devices behind? More so because usually, users buy a new device or change the device anyway. If you own a Note 4, how long do you plan to keep it now that it won’t receive official Android 7.0 update?