US-based carrier Verizon has released the Android Marshmallow update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to customers on their network. The update brings all of the goodness of Marshmallow but also brings some specific features from Verizon like Wi-Fi calling and improvements in Live Broadcasting. As you would expect, this update is hefty, so you will have to be connected to Wi-Fi in order to download it to your device. Once downloaded, it will take up to 10 minutes to install and will require a reboot of your Note 5. For those keeping score, you will be looking for build MMB29K.N920VVRU2BPB2 for your Note 5.
In addition to all of the goodies that come in Marshmallow itself (you can read my review of it here and more in depth post on why I think Doze is the killer feature of the release) there are a couple of things that Verizon has added to the build for their customers. First is Wi-Fi Calling, allowing you to make calls over wireless networks instead of the carrier’s network. This feature is disabled by default but you can enable it by going to Settings>Advanced Calling>Activate Advanced Calling on your Galaxy Note 5.
Live Broadcast is something that Verizon has offered for a while, allowing customers to live stream from their phone at events. Think in terms of Periscope. In this update, the carrier has released an update that brings the ability to create a home screen shortcut to the feature and the ability to send invites out to others so they can view your broadcast that are not saved to your phone. Previously you could only send your broadcast invites to people in your contacts.
There are a few other tweaks of note, pardon the pun, for the Galaxy Note 5 update on Verzion. You’ll notice that there are refreshed icons for many of the built-in applications and that the Amazon AppStore has been removed from this build.
As with all of these big updates, don’t expect it to hit today just because Verizon released it. It will take a few days or even a week to get your device as the carrier, like all the others, phase these big releases out to their user base. Once the update does come to your Note 5, you’ll get a notification that it has been downloaded and is ready to install.