Update [April 28, 2017]: AT&T is starting to roll out the April security patch to the Note 4. Arriving as build N910AUCS2EQD1, the Marshmallow based update is sized at 28MB and also includes minor performance tweaks and system enhancements. Before downloading the update, ensure that your data has been backed up and that you have sufficient charge on your device.
Update [April 15, 2017]: The April security patch is making its way to the Note 4. Arriving as build N910GDTU1DQD2, the update secures your device from all the latest viruses and known security threats out there. It also includes a couple of under the hood performance increases which enables a more stable user experience.
Moreover, the update speeds up your device and makes it run faster. In addition to that, the missing text recognition feature for S Pen smart select is back and battery now shows “remaining charging time” in the battery setting. Also, S Pen now shows last detached date and time. And when you open the File Manager, you will notice there has been a slight design change. Last but not the least, a new “help” menu has been added in the device settings. Earlier, the user manual option was available under widgets, but now you find it in the “help” as well.
Update [April 13, 2017]: Arriving as software version N910TUBS2DQC3, this new update installs the March security patch on the Note 4 from T-Mobile. In addition to applying the security patch, the update also ensures that your smartphone runs smoothly by ironing out bugs and resolving other issues. System optimizations and other small performance tweaks are also included with this build.
Update [April 12, 2017]: Verizon is starting to push out the latest security patch to the Note 4. The update coming in as version N910VVRS2CQB2, is being released over the air as we speak. It should install the April security patch, but there’s a chance this could be the March security patch too as Verizon hasn’t said anything in particular in their update logs. The update also includes additional removal of bugs and minor performance upgrades too.
Update [April 06, 2017]: The Galaxy Note 4 is now receiving its March security patch from AT&T. The update is rolling out over the air as version N910AUCS2EPK5. This build enhances performance and also addresses various bugs found in the previous build.
Update [March 29, 2017]: Sprint is now rolling out a pretty heft update to the Note 4, sized at around 332MB. The latest build is being pushed out over the air and is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based. The update going by software version N910PVPS4DQC1, installs the March security patch and also includes a couple of other fixes and tweaks.
Update [March 25, 2017]: Samsung is currently seeding out the March security patch to the Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F). The update going by build number N910FXXS1DQC3, installs the latest security patch and thereby takes cares of vulnerabilities within the system. The build also carries with it bug fixes and stability improvements too.
Update [February 07, 2017]: AT&T Galaxy Note 4 is now receiving a minor OTA update with January security patch. The update is 45.5MB in size and comes with firmware build N910AUCS2EPK3.
Update [January 14, 2017]: AT&T is rolling out an OTA update with December security patch for its Galaxy Note 4 variant. The update is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and carries firmware build number N910AUCS2EPK2. Update size is 28.3MB.
Update [December 29, 2016]: Verizon has started rolling out the a new update that brings the December security patch to the device, and it comes as software version N910VVRS2CPL1. There is nothing else part of the update, no fixes or nothing. The Note 4 currently runs on Marshmallow, and there is no chance of Samsung readying the Android Nougat update for the device.
Update [December 21, 2016]: T-Mobile has released a new software update in quick succession. The first one was build N910TUVS2EPK2 which brought the November patch to the device, while the second one is N910TUBS2DPL2, which install the December patch on the device.
Both PK2 and PL2 updates are available as an OTA, though if you haven’t got any one already, it’d be PK2 that shows up first on your T-Mobile Note 4 as an OTA. Both builds are based on Android 6.0.1, BTW, while the Android 7.0 Nougat update remains unavailable from Samsung, as expected, given the Note 4’s age. T-Mobile is yet to come up with a full changelog for the update BTW.
Update [December 06, 2016]: Verizon too has released the November patch carrying security update for its Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and it comes as build N910VVRU2CPJ2. The PJ2 build is all about security patch, and doesn’t bring anything else to the device, which is already more than two years old, and has only few more update left. There won’t be anything Nougat for the Note 4, which also means that Samsung has to work on Nougat build for only one Note device now, the Galaxy Note 5, as Note 7 is now discontinued, while Note 6 was skipped.
Update [November 21, 2016]: Sprint is back with another update for its Note 4, this time with build N910PVPS4DPK1. The PK1 updates packs in at 341MB of size, and brings you November patch, among other bug fixes and security improvements. A firmware isn’t available for download yet, BTW, while the update is already hitting users as an OTA.
Update [October 28, 2016]: Sprint has also started roll out of a new update ending with build no. PJ1, and it packs in what we were expecting it to: October patch, part of monthly security update by Google. The update is sized around 371 MB, which is quite big for a security patch carrier update. We’ll dig more into it to find out what else is part of the update for the device that won’t receive Android 7.0 or 7.1 Nougat update, but till then, here’s the full build no. you may be looking for, N910PVPS4DPJ1.
Update [October 25, 2016]: A new OTA carrying the build no. N910TUVU2EPJ2 or N910T3UVU3EPJ2 is now under rollout at T-Mobile for the Note 4 users, that brings the October patch to the device. Nothing else is part of the PJ2 update, in case you were wondering.
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?
Update [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?