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Verizon's Galaxy Note 4 Finally, Finally, Finally Gets Android 5.1.1 Update

Verizon really isn't on the ball with its Note 4 updates. When Google released the Android 5.1 source code in March of 2015, the Note 4 was only half a year old and it was still one of the most expensive flagships being sold by the operator. Now sure, Samsung took its sweet time to have Android 5.1 ready for everyone, but by the beginning of August, Sprint had already released it. AT&T followed in October, and T-Mobile at the end of November.

Verizon? Well, as the largest carrier in the US, customers would have assumed that their operator would be burning the midnight oil trying to get the update out to them as soon as possible.

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Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop 5.0.1 Update Starts Rolling Out In Poland

While Motorola, LG, and HTC have been relatively quick to update their flagship devices to Lollipop, Samsung owners have been (not so) patiently tapping their feet in anticipation for the news of their Galaxy phones receiving the same treatment. But the wait is almost over for Galaxy Note 4 users, as the 5.0.1 update has started rolling out in Poland, according to SamMobile.

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The update weighs a little less than 1GB, as XDA user thiagoribeirorj reports, and is available OTA to the SM-910C (Exynos) variant. It brings most of Lollipop's features, such as the carousel Recents and notifications on the lockscreen, along with Samsung's re-interpretation of TouchWiz, in a more modern and slightly less intrusive way.

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Google Adds Chromecast Screen Mirroring Support For Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Shortly after the release of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, owners were dismayed to learn their new phone was unable to mirror its screen to a Chromecast. No other Google Cast apps were affected, but plenty of people still wanted screen casting. Well, it took about a month, but this oversight has finally been remedied. The Note 4 has been officially added to Google's list of devices with support for screen casting. Now your big phone can take the show to an even bigger screen.

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Since TouchWiz doesn't support the transient tile to initiate a screen cast, you'll have to fire it up manually through the Chromecast app.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Pre-Orders Begin September 19th, Retail Availability On October 17th

Samsung unveiled to the world the newest phones in the Note series earlier this month at IFA in Berlin, but in typical announcement fashion didn't provide a firm release date. Those details have now been revealed: the Note 4 will be available beginning on October 17th, with pre-orders starting tomorrow, September 19th. So far AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have confirmed this date on their respective networks, but we're still waiting to hear from everyone else.

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For those who may have forgotten, didn't pay attention, or simply didn't care the first go around, here's a quick look at the Note 4's hardware:

  • 5.7 QHD Super AMOLED Display
  • 2.7 Quad-Core Snapdragon 805
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16MP camera, 3.7 front
  • 32GB Storage, microSD card slot
  • Android 4.4.4

Unfortunately, there's still no word on when the Note Edge will be available, only "sometime later this year." If that's what you're holding out for, well...good luck.

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Image Of Samsung Note Edge With Curved Screen And Note 4 Leaked Ahead Of IFA Unveiling

There's nothing like spoiling a surprise just hours before it becomes official, we're sorry. (Not really.) Samsung is set to announce its latest addition to the Note series of phones later today at IFA in Berlin. As we've seen many times in the past, secrets rarely wait to be told, and an image of the brand new handset has already made its way out into the world. But the image reveals a special treat: Samsung is having twins! As we can see from the promotional graphic, a pair of flagships will be appearing at the announcement today. The first, as we already expected, is the Galaxy Note 4.

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