Yesterday Verizon began rolling out the Android 5.0.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (finally!) The Note Edge has proved to be the red-headed stepchild in Verizon’s fleet of smartphone horses, only now receiving the Lollipop update months after the Verizon Note 4 and the Note Edge on other carriers.
Should you rush to update? We’ll get to that at the end, but first lets look at what Verizon is touting as improvements in this update:
- Style updated to align with Android Lollipop OS
- Bolder color, fluid animation effects, and interactions based on Lollipop
- Color of background and button assets updated
- Action pop-ups updated to bottom sheet
- ‘Blocking mode’ removed (replaced with ‘Do not disturb’ feature). (I love Blocking Mode, so not sure how this is going to be an upgrade)
- ‘Sound’ text updated to ‘Sound and notification’
- Volume controls moved up to first menu depth
- ‘Notification’ sub-header added with’Do not disturb’, ‘While locked’ and ‘Application notifications’ options
- LOCK SCREEN & NOTIFICATIONS
- Material design-inspired notifications have been implemented.
- Ability to set priority and privacy for notifications on lock screen.
- Added setting option to add/remove phone shortcut from lock screen
- Floating action button (+) has been added in various applications to promote a specific action, such as adding a new event, adding a new contact, or composing a new message.
- ‘Recording mode’ has been removed from Settings
- ‘Slow motion’ and ‘Fast motion’ were added to Camera Mode
- Mode, Shutter, and Record targets moved to main screen (again, not sure how this is an upgrade feature – to me it’s downgrading the Edge and removing functions from the edge panel)
- Milk Music app and Galaxy Apps updated
I’ve come to really like the way the edge panel functions with notifications, apps, and having the camera buttons on the edge. Some of this functionality gets removed in 5.0. You can read various user forums to find out more details, but a lot of the sentiment I’ve seen is people lamenting that they can’t downgrade back to 4.4.4.
So should you run to update? It’s your call. Personally I’m waiting until I see some real life feedback. Plus, I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow and I don’t want any battery life surprises or random reboots.
If you do choose to update, some people have recommended a factory reset before and after running the update. Bear in mind that a factory reset will erase any pictures, texts or documents stored on the phone.
Did you get your Note Edge update yet? If so, I’d especially love some feedback from you. What are you seeing in battery life? Love the update? Hate it? Despise Verizon for dragging its collective feet? Let us know in the comments!Source: Verizon Wireless