Wednesday , June 6 2018

What’s in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge update to Android 5.1.1?

samsung gs6 gs6 edge headerIt hasn’t yet arrived in Australia — thought it may not be far off — but the Android 5.1.1 update for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has landed in the US, and it appears to be pretty decent.

Of course the headline feature is the version bump of Android 5.0.2 to 5.1.1, which (should) bring the fix for the Lollipop memory leak which plagued the release versions of both handsets. Other features include Lollipop’s Guest Mode, allowing you an easy way to hand your phone over to someone else to use without worrying about whether they’ll be able to access your personal information.

There are improvements to the camera function as well, with the addition of RAW support, manual selection of shutter speed, and for ultra-low ISO settings, down to ISO 50. There’s a twist here, though, in that the supplied camera app from Samsung doesn’t support RAW or ISO 50, but they are made available via the standard Android Camera2 API, meaning that third party cameras can access these features.

There has been a wrinkle with recent updates to the S6, which removed some quick settings from the drop-down notification slide. However, you can fix these easily enough with either a hard reset of your phone, or for those who don’t want to reinstall everything, you can download the QuickPanel Restore app from Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store.

Source: SamMobile.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Updated to 5.1.1 the other day and we seem to be missing the noted features. Do I need a third party camera app? I believe I read that correctly. Sorry just trying to understand it

Gautam Sharma
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Gautam Sharma

or may be samsung is taking lightly the top most liveable city in the world by not sending the update.

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Gautam Sharma

i think its taking more than enough time for 5.1.1 to enter Australia. or may be its vodafone which is delaying the test run of new update. i bought an edge jumping from iPhone. i thought it is the fastest phone but its been almost a month. the phone lag is annoying me every time. i can run more than 5 apps at the same time phone starts to lag. and the ram is always 80 percent even when you are doing nothing. i better send back my phone to vodafone and replace it with apple 6. Give me some… Read more »

vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

As per Engadget these is no fix for memory leak yet, not even ur source link states that….

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Given that the memory leak present in Lollipop is fixed in the 5.1.1 codebase, if Samsung have somehow kept the memory leak despite the upgrade to 5.1.1, then I don’t understand anything.

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Mike Doe

Thats pretty much what I was thinking.

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