We get it, major software updates take time in the chaotic, loosely Google-governed, open-source mobile world. Especially when both third-party OEMs and notoriously laggy US carriers are involved in the “optimization” process.
And yes, it makes perfect sense for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5 and S6 Edge+ to be prioritized over the older, less popular Note 4 and outright weird and experimental Note Edge. But with Sprint capable of getting the Marshmallow ball rolling here way back in March, and Verizon and T-Mobile following suit in June, we can’t find AT&T any acceptable excuse for taking so outrageously long to bring the fall 2014 phablet duo up to speed.
Well, more or less, since Android 6.0 is officially no longer the latest, greatest OS variant, as 7.0 Nougat enters the equation with Vulkan API support as the highlight of its so far Nexus-exclusive changelog.
Before you even go there, let us stress the odds of the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge ever receiving N goodies, in network-locked or unlocked configurations, are slim, to say the least. So, as tardy as this Android Marshmallow makeover feels, you’ll need to learn to appreciate it.
AT&T says it tips the scales at 1.3GB for each jumbo-sized phone, rolling out OTA now with August, not September, security patches included.