Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Telus, Bell, Canada Galaxy Note5 Receives Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Updates to build N920W8VLU2BPC5

Canadian owners of the Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920W8) has started receiving the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, Today, following Bell's announcement the said Android Marshmallow upgrade dubbed with software version N920W8VLU2BPC5 or MMB29K.N920W8VLU2BPC5 roll out begins via Over-The-Air OTA) update. This is not only happening on Bell's Galaxy Note5 but likewise to Telus as well, to which also pushed the same update.  While the rest of all major Canadian carriers such as Rogers may follow not too long enough but very soon.

Here are the technical details of the said Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update build N920W8VLU2BPC5:
  • Device: Canada version of the Samsung Galaxy Note5
  • Model number: SM-N920W8
  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Baseband version: N920W8VLU2BPC5
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-7569018
    dpi@SWHD4406 #1
    Fri Mar 18 20:22:31 2016
  • Build number:
  • Android security patch level: April 1, 2016
  • AP: N920W8VLU2BPC5
  • CSC: N920W8OYA2BPC5
  • CP: N920W8VLU2BPC5

  • OS upgrade to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
  • The new TouchWiz provides enhanced usability and an updated visual design.
  • Quick connect helps you easily find and connect to nearby devices and pre-connection.
  • Fingerprints are securely protected. An alternative unlock method (pattern,PIN, or password.
  • Advanced power saving mode restricts background data and extends battery life.
  • A new vibration pattern concept has been applied
    Settings for the following has been reset: Theme, Email, Icon/Widget
  • New app icons and folder designs.
  • A new search bar lets you quickly search for apps.

This update weighs at approximately 1277.89MB in file size to download via Over-The-Air.  It is also being held available via Samsung Smart Switch for PC. This update is released to Telus, Bell, Koodo, Videotron, Sasktel, Eastlink, Virgin-mobile. Whilst the rest of Canadian carriers like Rogers, including the factory unlocked version Galaxy Note5 SM-N920W8 might be delayed for a while.

How to Update the Galaxy Note 5 via Over-The-Air (OTA)

The Over The Air (OTA) update might require you to connect your Galaxy Note 5 to a Wi-Fi network to get rid of high data charges.
  • From the device Home screen, simply tap Apps.
  • Tap the Settings (gear icon).
  • Tap the System tab.
  • Tap About device.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap Check for updates.
  • Tap the Install button, then OK.

Wait until the phone completely reboot before touching it. It may reboot (turn on and off) multiple times as the update might still at its finalization stage.
If the update is available, it will just prompt you the update’s technical details including on how to download and install it. If somehow the update isn’t available yet, it will also tell you that your device software is up to date. However, even if the update is already rolled out and you’ve already knew that it is officially released in your country and or network provider, you should also consider that the released usually take in stages and may also take days before it arrives on some areas. So you may have to wait and keep on checking until you get the update.

Update your Galaxy Note 5 using your PC or Mac computer via Smart Switch

This method is always handy on some part, especially if you have missed the update and you’re left behind to the update’s scheduled dates that usually only took place and runs in weeks. You can still easily update your Galaxy Note 5 using your PC or Mac. All you need is a USB cable and then the Smart Switch firmware update tool. Smart Switch is similar to the before Kies that have been used to older devices. Also, Smart Switch has the capability to back up and restore your data in just a few clicks away.
  1. Download Smart Switch for PC and MAC computers version and then  install it on your computer.
  2. Connect your Galaxy Note 5 on your computer using the USB cable.
  3. Run Smart Switch, then wait until it recognizes the connection of the device. If the update is available it will automatically prompt you to update your device.
  4. Click on the Update button. Some other steps like on how to backup and restore your data is included in the instructions.

Again do not touch the phone like disconnecting the USB cable if the software update has started. You may need to wait much longer while updating via Smart Switch as your firmware is being served by Samsung itself. The Smart Switch firmware file is a much larger to the ones released via Over The Air but were still the same file.