Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Canadian Galaxy Note 5 Gets Marshmallow version N920W8VLU4BPK4 Updates

The Canadian Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920W8) might receive the new OTA update anytime soon.  We have just spotted an update dubbed as build version N920W8VLU4BPK4 to which are about to start rolling out to all major Canadian carriers.

This upcoming update is still in Marshmallow base, and yet it's not the Nougat that everyone might have been sneaking around.  It's basically another packaged of Google's monthly Android Security Patch updates to which covers the November fixes.  Noting that the previous released version N920W8VLU4BPJ1 has moved the device Android security patch level to October 1, 2016. Whilst this one will also simply bump up it's level to November 1, 2016.

Here are the details:

What’s New: 
  • November Android  Security Patches

Technical details:
  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android Ssecurity patch level: Novmeber 1, 2016
  • Baseband version: N920W8VLU4BPK4
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-9892501
  • Build number: MMB29K.N920W8VLU4BPK4

In addition, this update might also include some minor bug- fixes and other system enhancements that merely brings unnoticeable impact to device.

You may manually check the update either via Over-The-Air or by using Smart Switch for PC.  It's currently heading it's way to Bell and Virgin Mobile Galaxy Note 5 users, but other carriers such as Telus, Rogers, Fido, Wind, Koodo,  Videotron, Sasktel, Eastlink, including the factory unlocked version of the Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920W8 might also follow soon.

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.